Spring/Summer 2012 Tutorial – Contouring

So finally here’s another Spring/Summer makeup tutorial following on from Retro Glamour! This is a more wearable look for daytime, simply using contouring to enhance what you’ve already got. :) It’s a very quick look too so you can use it as a go to look for everyday.

Edit: There’s a better photo of this look at the end of this post! It showed up better on my iPhone :)

Simple Contouring (image from vogue.com)

You want to start on a good base, so use a flat ended round brush to really buff the foundation into the skin. Go with whatever coverage you feel you need. I’d also recommend using a primer too such as MAC Prep + Prime Skin to reduce any redness and keep your makeup put.

Now you’ve got your base, it’s time to shade! I’m using Illamasqua Medium Pencils because they’re really easy to blend into the skin so there’s no hard lines. First I’m just using two colours – Fidelity and Hex.

Fidelity (left) and Hex (right)

 When contouring you just need 3 shades – light, medium and dark. Just keep it simple and go for areas where you would usually go with bronzer. First use Fidelity sketching in under your cheekbones, temples and in the crease of your eye.

Sketched on shading.

Blend these using your fingers instead of a brush as it warms up the product and makes it easier to blend. Repeat this step, but blend a bit of Hex into it too blending the colours out so there are no hard lines. It’s important not to apply to much at once, so just layer the product until you get the look you want.

Full face with just Fidelity and Hex

I also blended Hex all over the lid too. Next, set the darker colours with a matte eyeshadow in a similar colour. I’m going to use Tease by Urban Decay. Don’t be afraid to use products on different parts of your face! As long as you don’t go putting stuff on places it’s certainly not meant to go, for example if a product has a warning saying ‘do not apply to lip area’, get experimenting. :)

Tease Swatch

Eye shaded with pencils and Tease

Once you’ve done this, get a bit of bronzer and work it over the shaded areas to give a bit of a glow and to blend the colours even more. Blending is the key to this look so you don’t get harsh lines.

Coax Swatch

 For the highlight, blend Illamasqua Medium Pencil in Coax just under the eyebrow, the inner corner of the eye and on the cheekbones. To finish I set everything with a translucent powder and added some mascara!

Finished eye with highlight

I also used a Lush tinted lip balm, with vaseline on top to give my lips a bit of colour.

Looking serious!
Finished look with eyes closed

It’s a very subtle look, you don’t want orange and brown lines on your face! :)

Better look at the shading! :)

Face: Illamasqua Skin Base 07,Illamasqua Concealer CC130, Illamasqua Medium Pencil in Fidelity, Hex and Coax, MAC Prep + Prime Powder, The Body Shop Bronzer 01

Eyes: Illamasqua Medium Pencil in Fidelity, Hex and Coax, Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Tease, Chanel Inmitable Intense Mascara, Illamasqua Eyebrow Cake in Stark

Lips: Lush Lip Balm in It Started With A Kiss, Vaseline

Thanks for reading!