I know everyone’s seen the favorites videos on YouTube from all your favorite beauty gurus… yeah, I’m not really that type. First off, my favorites don’t really change… I’m always using the same thing and I honestly don’t shop much. I do pick up little things that I like to try, but I’m not the hauling type. There are a few things that I’m loving right now, so here goes:
Ever wonder how Gisele Bundchen, Victoria Beckam, and Beyonce get their face to look perfectly slender and also manage to have dewey skin? The answer is that they just so happen to have a great makeup artist who knows the tricks of the trade to making a woman look perfect. But don’t fret, you can look the same way by just knowing the basics and putting in a few hours of practice.
First, you need to know what highlighting and contouring means. Highlighting parts of your face means that you’ll use light products to make parts of the face seem bigger, or to bring certain parts of the face forward. Contouring is using darker products to make parts of the face recede. The purpose of contouring is to add depth and definition to the face. This illusion will give you cheekbones that stand out and look great on stage, at events, and in photos.
Second, you need to know what areas are to be highlighted and what ones are to be contoured. Areas you want to contour, or add depth to, are the hollows of your cheeks, your temples, and the sides of your nose. You want to highlight the bridge of your nose, the high points of your cheeks, and your cupid’s bow.
The easiest way to highlight and contour is to grab some bronzer (or a matte powder that is 2-3 shades darker than your skin), blush, and a shimmery powder that matches your skin tone. You will need a chiseled brush (for the best results) or just an angled blush brush along with a regular blush brush. When you contour your cheeks, you need to make a fish face J and find your hollows. Apply the bronzer onto your hollows and blend into the hairline. This will make the contour seem more natural, as if it’s already there. You can also find your hollow by placing you middle and index fingers right under the apple of the cheek. Your hollow is where your fingers end. Next you can S M I L E and apply a light coat of blush to the cheeks and blend into the hair line as well. After you’ve finished, apply a light coat of shimmer to the high points of your cheeks and to the bridge of the nose. This adds a healthy glow to the skin. Once you’ve contoured your cheeks, don’t forget to do your temples and jawline if necessary. Always remember to blend into the hairline; that’s probably one of the most important rules of contouring.
Contouring is a technique that gives your face and instant pop. Try it out when you have a few hours to spare, or when you’re bored on a rainy day. Have fun!
Use this picture as a guide:
So I went to Target yesterday, and no matter what, I ALWAYS make sure to check out the cosmetics section (mainly NP Set, NP Plixi, and Sonia Kashuk). I’ve been looking for a new foundation because my Revlon liquid has SPF and makes my face look a little washed out on camera. Fiending for a brand other than drugstore, I found this NP Set Memory Foundation on clearance for $7. It was originally $28, so I decided to give it a try. I tried the tester, and it looked pretty good but I knew I had to wait until I got home to get the full effect. After putting it on my face on top of my concealer, I loved it! It’s really a tinted moisturizer but it acts just like a foundation. Doesn’t make your face look cakey, looks natural, and also “recreates younger, dewier skin” which is a factor I’ve been looking for for a while now. The label says A blend of vitamin E, Vitamin C and seaweed extract to nourish and protect the complexion. FOR THE WIN. I needed this for sure! I purchased this product in Medium Dark, and you can find these products at Target (they have an amazing line) or at the official Napoleon Perdis Set website.
I don’t know why I have the urge to try EVERYTHING whenever I walk into the beauty supply or a drugstore. Recently I’ve been itching to try Olay facial products… but because of their advertising, I thought it was mainly targeted toward older women and women with wrinkly skin. I decided to go ahead and try it, since I just couldn’t resist… I got the Olay Foaming Cleanser, and it’s AMAZING… it puts Aveeno to shame! It comes out of the pump like an actual cleanser as opposed to the Aveeno, which comes out as a foam. Olay has a rich lather, and provides a deep clean. You’ll be able to tell as soon as you dry your face…
Unlike other washes, this cleanser really leaves your skin supple and minimizes pores! It’s definitely becoming a staple in my regimen! I suggest everyone go out and try it… it’s good for anyone with normal skin. I also use the Equate Beauty lotion with it (it’s the generic Olay lotion from Walmart). Both work great and keep my skin glowing.
Let’s face it: today’s economy is gradually improving, but our glamourous guilty pleasures aren’t getting any cheaper. I’m a total beauty junkie, and keeping a low bill at the register can sometimes be an impossible task. Luckily, Ghada from SmallWorldBeauty reached out to me with an opportunity to write a piece about staying chic without being reluctant to whip out that wallet!
Time for some R&R! I was reading The It Girls Guide to Blogging with Moxie and they have these great drink recipes and spa treatments at the end of every chapter. I figured I’d share one that I ran across:
Skin-firming Flower Mask with Orange Flowers
- 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped orange flowers or scented geranium leaves
- 2 teaspoons orange juice
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
- 1 teaspoon clay (green, white, or bentonite)
Mix ingredients together. Apply to clean face and neck. Leave on for several minutes while breathing deeply. Rinse with tepid water and pat skin dry. Clay draws out impurities in the skin, the orange ingredients cleanse, and honey moisturizes.