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Dear Pageant Girl,

Have you ever wondered how the faces of celebrities, or the queens of the sash always look so chiseled and defined in photos or on the stage?

The answer is contouring, and it is one of the greatest tools to have up your sleeve when it comes to doing your makeup.

A contour is the outline of a figure or body; the edge or line that defines or bounds a shape or object. Contouring is the art of enhancing those outlines using light and shade to amplify or alter a persons appearance.

Photo courtesy of Kevin Aucoin

How to:

Light: An area that is lightened on the face will become more prominent, and will stand out from the rest of the face. Makeup artists use this technique to draw attention to features of the face.

Common areas of the face that are lightened, particularly for the stage, are the center of the forehead, the bridge of the nose, the brow bone, and the center of the face surrounding the nose.

For strong face lightening you can use a foundation one to two shades lighter than your skin tone, or for a more subtle everyday face lightening product we love our Savoir Faire Blush in Parisienne.

Shading: An area of the face that is shaded will appear more hollow, creating more definition to the targeted features of the face.

The most common feature of the face that shading applies to is the hollows of the cheeks. Shading the hollows of the cheeks creates the appearance of more depth, therefore making the cheek bones appear more prominent.

Other common areas of the face that are shaded, especially for stage, are the edges of the bridge of the nose, the socket of the eyes, the edge of the lips, the edge of the forehead, and the outline of the jaw.

For intense shading you can use a foundation one to two shades darker than your skin tone, or for a more subtle everyday shading product we love our Savoir Faire Eyeshadow in Relic.

So next time you’re heading out on the town give contouring your face a try. You will love what it does for you, especially in photos! You will feel like your very own queen of the sash.

The gorgeous Kim Kardashian post contouring. ROWR.

Until next time, much love Kate from Savoir Faire Cosmetics for Dear Pageant Girl xx

 

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