After years of beholding the breathtakingly beautiful women of HSN - top models, award-winning actresses, record breaking singers, and beauty brand moguls, we have learned a thing or two about makeup. It has been on this perilous journey, one that has required intense training, keen observance, and hours of trial and error, that we have discovered one of the most well-kept makeup secrets: the art of contouring your face. Before your mind starts going back 25 years and you remember a not-so-secret contoured makeup look, a few heavy streaks under your cheekbones, take a look at today's contoured face. The sculpted face that is today's go to for celebrities, is a mix of similar shades that have been expertly blended to create a " must be good genes" shaped face. With the right supplies, tools, and map to get you started, you will be on your way to a high-cheek boned, straight-nosed, perfect look in no time (and by no time, we mean 2 minutes or less!).
This is our go-to map for sculpting our face. Notice how the darker shades trick the eye into believing that that area is receding. All you need to do is apply makeup a shade or two darker than your own natural shade in areas that you would like to thin out (think sides of your nose, hollows of your cheeks, and under your chin) and use a high quality blush brush to blend, blend, blend! While the darker shades can disguise your "not so favorite" spots, don't forget to highlight the areas you would give a little lift too, like the top of your brow bones and cheekbones, and the cupid's bow right above your lips.
Now that you've gotten the gist of facial sculpting, let's look at the products!
Who knows beauty better than Adrienne Arpel? Adrienne brings us a simple, stress-free way creamy powder that makes sculpting our face goof-proof. Signature Club A by Adrienne's Color and Contour Ultra Creamy Translucent Powders is a must-have in every woman's beauty arsenal.
Bronzer is only half of the equation when it comes to a contoured look. Bronzer + Highlighter = Perfection. Benefit's Girl Meets Pearl Highlighter will glide over the areas of your face that you want to accentuate - your cheekbones, bridge of your nose, and right below the brow. Don't forget your décolleté which is always a must for giving your look the perfect finish!
Without blush, even a perfectly sculpted face can look dull and flat. It's no secret that Benefit's Bella Bamba Brightening Pink Box' Powder is our favorite blush at ColleenLopez.com. This universally flattering shade of blush contains gold undertones, which will add an unbelievable (in the most believable way) glow that will make your cheekbones pop!
The last leg of our journey on the road to the perfect face, are the tools. We cannot stress enough how important it is to invest in a great set of brushes. As we mentioned earlier, the difference between the harsh look of the 80's sculpted face and the sculpted face of today, is all about the blending. We cannot think of a better brush set than YBF's Double-ended Brush Set with Black Carry Case to get you on your way.
Now that you have your map, supplies, and tools, see where your beauty journey will lead you. We'll bet that you are led straight to a ton of compliments and a ton of confidence!