Alexandra started contouring when she was 16 because she was very insecure about her nose. People started poking fun at it. They made her feel like it was big, which actually it wasn't. So, she started to learn about contouring and highlighting.
“I've learned to love and accept me for everything that I am and however I am, but it cannot be denied that makeup absolutely gives us a little jolt of extra confidence,” she said.
Here are her tips and trickshow-to contour, bronze, set & highlight the face:
1. Imagine an oval over your face
So imagine an oval over your face like so. And anything outside that oval can be contoured. When you're on tour you can make your forehead appear smaller, your cheekbones stronger, sharper your nose thinner, and sharper your jaw.
2. Accentuate your lips
Contour your bottom lip to make it look bigger and apply some highlighter over the top of your cupid's bow. If you don't apply at least some highlighter over it, it's just going to look muddy and dirty.
3. Powder over cream
Powder is perfect for oily skin as it effectively absorbs any excess oil from our face. If you have oily skin, cream-based contour products are probably not going to be a good fit for you unless you layered them with contour powder afterward. When using powder for contouring, it's better not to apply it before your foundation simply because that's going to make your face look a little cakey.
“I personally find powder products would be a little bit easier to work with and therefore more beginner-friendly. I'm going to use the Guize Face FX Contour Powder Collection. I love the way it says sharper face, smarter value,” Alexandra said.
4. Find your perfect cheekbones line
Imagine a line from the tip of your ear to the corner of your mouth. There is the outline of your cheekbone and instead of dragging it all the way from one side to the other, you're going to stop at the center of the pupil as you're looking straight.
The biggest part of the contour line should be closest to the hair and the thinness toward the mouth and definitely make sure to bring the contour into the hairline so there are no visible differences in color.
5. Emphasize your browbone and chin
Use matte highlight at the browbone at the center of the forehead, bring it down on the bridge of the nose, set the concealer with it as well. Dab a little bit on the center of the chin and then right below the contour line because this will really create dimension and depth.
6. Apply bronzer over the contour line
Dab a little bronzer because that will give the skin that radiant sunkissed vibe and you can lightly dab it over the contour lines over those edges that are closer to the center of the face.
7. Finish with a glow
Lastly, put some shimmer, which is that glow that we all want to have when we see makeup tutorials, apply it right on the cheekbones, dab down on the curve between the bridge of the nose and the forehead, and cupid's bow.
You can also use contour and bronzer on your eyelid and underneath the lower lashes, another hack is to put a bit of shimmer highlight in the corner of your eyes to make them pop.
Hope this tutorial was helpful! It isn't that scary after all! Tell us what's your favorite way to enhance your facial features?