We’re surrounded by media of beautiful people. Whether you love them, hate them or are completely ambivalent to them – celebrities can show us a thing or two when it comes to makeup. I mean, they can’t even go to the grocery store without looking like they’re ready for a Hollywood party, lest they be Perez Hilton’d or TMZ’d, am I right? Here’s a dirty little secret…. I love it when the ‘rags catch stars without their makeup. Know why? It proves something… it proves they’re human! We see Hollywood stars in all their glory, whether it’s slathered in HD Makeup ready for the cameras or being Photoshopped within an inch of their life on the covers of fashion magazines and we all know that seeing this intense perfection can be damning to our own self confidence.
“Oh my god. Look at (insert star’s name here). Her curves are amazing. Her face is flawless! And her hair? Seriously, can we talk about her hair for a second… or twenty?” This is a common thing to hear in the world of women. We look at these gorgeous stars and forget that they have hair stylists on call. Makeup artists waiting for the phone to ring. Personal trainers that come to them multiple times a week. People to help cook their meals…. And when you have a self sufficient star that rocks her own hair/makeup/body, etc. we feel like complete failures as we look on in our tank tops and yoga pants. Seriously. Whoever invented yoga pants, thank you.
Anyway…. We aren’t perfect. Neither are they. They are faulted and usually very self conscious as well. One of their tricks in their arsenal? Contouring. They used it in the movie 300 to help the men have even crazier abs than they already did. Kim Kardashian has perfected it. Again, whether you love them or hate them- we can learn.
When you have a boudoir session with me (or any photographer for that matter) please do not do yourself the disservice of not having a makeup artist and hair stylist. With me, it is included in half of my packages and is a very affordable add on for those that want to go the a la carte route. This makeup artist is trained in the amazing art of shaping your natural beauty into something that rivals those stars you look up to. Want to be a sultry vixen with smokey eyes and a gorgeous nude lip? Check. Want to go pinup retro with an immaculate cat eye and ruby red lips? Done. Want your face to look like it’s popping off the page? ahhh, now we’re talking!
This is contouring. The ability to shape your face without Photoshop. My makeup artists can do this with ease, but what happens when you have an event to go to, are short on funds to hire an on-call makeup artist or you are just daring and want to try it yourself? Well then, you use this to help you along!
That looks intimidating, but just breathe. Makes you appreciate that awesome makeup artist even more now, huh? Those gals (and guys) can do this in their sleep with one hand tied behind their back. Trust me. I’m even in awe!
1.Take your under eye concealer and cover underneath your eye. This is usually a shade slightly lighter than your normal foundation. Draw a few lines in a diagonal half v line. Do the same on the other side of your face. Take the same concealer and draw some lines on your chin and the center of your forehead.
2. Take a darker concealer stick (about 3 shades or so darker) and draw a line in the hollow of your cheeks, on the base of your hairline and edges of your jaw. At this point it’ll look like war paint or a really bad Halloween ensemble. Don’t panic.
3. Take your beauty blender (You… you do have one, right? If not, click here and fix that!) and make sure you dampen it if you have oily skin. Roll to blend your lighter concealer into the skin. Be patient. This will take a few moments. Roll blending will ensure even coverage whereas dragging the blender will cause streaks.
5. Take a setting powder for the final touches. Take a kabuki brush or a large blush brush and roll the powder onto your highlighted areas. Make sure there isn’t too much on there. You don’t want to look cakey. Make sure to really bond the concealer and the powder together so that everything stays in place all day.4. When you start blending the darker color into the skin remember to either wash your sponge or use the other side of the sponge. We don’t want to mix the light and dark colors together. Make sure you blend the darker color very evenly. Blend it slightly into the lighter color of the contours.
6. Take a bronzer and do the same thing on the darker areas.
7. Take a really big fluffy powder brush and lightly dip it in the bronzer. Blow off excess and swirl it around your face. Go lightly and make sure to swirl. This creates an airbrushed effect!
8. Step back and marvel at the masterpiece you’ve created!
Here’s some examples of what it looks like during the process. Yeah. this is a great time to lock yourself in the bathroom and not let your significant other see what’s happening. I’m sure they’re going to wonder who you’re going to war with!
Want to see what it looks like after? Here’s the Mistress of Contouring…. Kim Kardashian without makeup and after contouring and adding her smokey eye!
Just be careful not to go too heavy on your blush on top of all the contouring. It’s very easy to go from porcelain doll to street walker in just a few extra strokes.
Go on darling. Give it a try and experiment! But when it comes to your boudoir session, lets let you not worry about all of this. Sit back, relax, drink a glass of wine or champagne and let us pamper you. Then, go on home and share your sexy glam look with your loved one! I look forward to helping you realize just how beautiful you are!