The Golden Girl’s Guide To Contouring

Hello Babes of In The Style!

This week I am bringing you an easy guide to contour and highlighting, as we all know; everyone who is anyone is doing it at the moment and they’re looking fabulous. This is a guide that can help everybody get it oh-so right!
After the dull winter months we all are searching for a pick me up and what better way to give yourself a golden glow in time for valentines day than a gorgeous new highlighter?

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Lets start with some easy rules to remember when contouring…

1. Hydrate your base – A hydrated base is key to a non-patchy contour, use a primer (whether it’s a moisturiser or hydrating primer) and a foundation that’s right for you. If your skin is dehydrated, it will take the moisture from your product and therefor leave a patchy result, and we want to be flawless don’t we? So hydrate your base and get started with the perfect foundation for a seamless contour.

2.Less is more! With any contouring product always start with a little and build, that way you’re less likely to make mistakes.

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3. Start with a warm shade, in most contouring palettes they offer a warmer shade (one that looks more golden/orange based), this is the key to a sculpted cheek bone and how to avoid the war striped look. Always lay down a warmer shade first to act as your transition colour. Then add the shadow shade, this is usually a more greyer or darker tone and acts as the shadow of your cheekbone. The first transition shade is vital to get that lovely healthy bronzed look to your contour and gives a ‘fresh by an MUA’ look to your make up.

4. Dab to be fab! This is something I always say to my clients, the dabbing motion with the brush/sponge is so important as it keeps the product in the place we want it to be. We usually assume that you should apply product using brush strokes with contouring but long strokes with the brush can transfer the product away from the place we need  it to be and into unwanted places… like, uh, the hairline? (EW). So yes, dab, dab, dab! It also acts as a buffing motion which helps blend out the colours seamlessly.

5. Blend and GLOW. Blend with a clean brush gently over all your hard work, using light circular motions which will help set the make up without using any extra powders. If the product is sitting on the skin it can appear dull, once your contour and highlight are properly worked in to the skin with the blending motion you will truly get your glow on. Are you Instagram ready yet? We think so!

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For today’s look I used the incredible Sleek cream contouring palette in shade Dark. I found the palette so easy to work with and it blended effortlessly giving a soft and camera ready result. I literally am in love with the Cleopatra’s Kiss highlighting palette, it comes with two cream highlighters and two powders which have amazing colour pay off and durability for a girl on the go (or just, a girl on a…night out). Not to mention the golden compact it comes in which is totally handbag worthy!

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On my eyes I used the I-Divine Palette in ‘A new day’ which complimented a bronzed highlighted look, and has the perfect combination of shadows for that nude smokey eye that can take you from work to night club.

Create the look yourself:

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By Emma Dinnen

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