Summary: The following article is about how to apply makeup contouring for those who have dark or brown skin.
Makeup contouring is an art form. By shading and highlighting certain parts of the face, you can either accentuate or hide certain features. For fair skin, you can contour with light or dark shades depending on features you want to stand out. If you want cheek bones that pop, you can use your normal blush plus apply blush that is a couple shades darker underneath the initial shade. But, for those who have dark or brown skin, shading and highlighting is a bit different.
Depending on how dark you are, makeup contouring for dark or brown skin is simple. Contouring works by using contrast tones. For instance, those with deep complexions can use their own skin tone as the contour color and then highlight where needed. The darker your skin is, the harder it is to contour. You can try adding black pigments that will make your foundation darker, and then use that for contouring.
When contouring, you want the light to hit the highest point of the face which are the high cheek bone, forehead, bridge of the nose, chin and jaw line. Dark skinned women can purchase a contouring pad as well which comes with an array of shades to highlight and shade. Try using a chisel brush with your contouring color under the cheek and use it under the jaw line as well.
Youtube Video Tutorial: Step By Step -HOW TO: CONTOUR AND HIGHLIGHT YOUR FACE
Get creative with makeup contouring for dark/brown skin. Try using bronzer as a contour shade on the cheeks and jawline. Also try using a pencil to contour the nose. No matter what skin tone you have, there is always a way to highlight and accent the face even if it seems a little difficult.
Tools: Makeup Brush Break Down-The correct makeup brush can create a masterful application of the perfect contoured and highlighted looks. Here is a complete break down on the most used brushes, and a explanation of what they do
1.) Ben Nye’s luxury powder line
(2.) Black Radiance Artisan Baked Bronzer Blackberry (available at Amazon) , (3.) CoverGirl Queen Collection Natural Hue Minerals Ebony Bronze Bronzer (available at Amazon), (4.) MAC Shimmer Powder Blush in Sweet As Cocoa, (5) Nars blush in Mati Hari and (6.) Nars Blush in Torid.
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