There are seven fundamental types of catastrophes. Beauty is not one of them.
ever wonder how professional makeup artists create such a startling contrast in a celebrity’s appearance just by using makeup? the key is to properly highlight and contour the face using face shape & bone structure as the guide. it’s not so much about which products you use, a skilled makeup artist can achieve great results using drugstore or high-end cosmetics, but HOW you’re using them that truly makes all the difference. I’m going to share a few tips on how to bring out the best aspects of your bone structure with simple makeup tricks…
makeup rule of thumb to remember for this post:
to make a face look less rounded, accentuate the hollows of the cheekbones. highlight above cheekbones using your foundation. then lightly dust bronzing powder underneath. slick on a lipstick that is slightly darker than your lips to add more light to the center of your face.
example of a round face:
oval is considered the ideal face shape due to its balance and symmetry, so if you fall into this category, contour is not needed. you can experiment with most makeup trends without error.
If your face is oval, highlight your bone structure, paying special attention to your cheekbones. work with your regular shade (or a shade slightly lighter) of foundation and bronzer. blend the foundation just above your cheekbones and apply a bit of the bronzer to your forehead and directly under cheekbones for a sun-kissed glow.
example of an oval face:
blend bronzing cream or powder around the jawline at the chin, to make the area appear to recede. then apply it under cheek bones to reduce fullness at the cheeks.
quick story: one day, at beauty school, we had to take turns sitting in front of the class while everyone stared, sizing up features to guess our face shape. we hadn’t yet delved too far into makeup theory so there was a bit of guessing going on. when it was my turn in the ‘hot seat’, I was overly confident about knowing my face shape, so when my instructor asked me what it was, I said “square” without hesitation. she looked at me with a challenging smirk and said, “nope”. I balked, insisting I’d been well aware of my face shape since my teens. she decided to have a classmate (an obvious square) sit next to me so the girls could see the difference. everyone agreed that I wasn’t square, stating the difference was obvious. my instructor then said my face shape is definitely a heart. I told her maybe it seems that way because I’ve gained weight since my teens/20’s but she insisted weight gain doesn’t alter the natural shape of the face. hmmph. I insisted on bringing pics to support my point, but once I got home, determined to find such pics, I was surprised at what I found. her theory started to make sense to me as I looked over my old pictures and then at myself in the mirror. she was right, I’m a heart shape. suddenly, my jawline didn’t appear as strong and I could see the tapered chin. I was shocked and returned to class the next day, ready for my plate of piping hot crow. I must say, the dessert of learning something new lessened the bitter taste. 🙂
example of a heart-shaped face:
for an oblong face, contour the sides of the jaw, temples and hairline with bronzer to minimize a prominent forehead. highlight the chin and cheekbones. extending the eyebrows outward toward your temples also will soften the angular features. brow powder tends to create a far softer brow line than pencil.
example of an oblong face:
Here’s two online resources for finding your face shape:
next time I’ll offer color suggestions for highlighting various skin tones.
so, what do you think about this post….do you know your face shape? If so, what tips or tricks do use to contour & highlight your bone structure?