Please note: none of these photos have been filtered or airbrushed, and they were taken with a camera phone! This is the real deal—it just goes to show you what well-applied makeup can do.
1. Fresh start, no face makeup; I applied only RMS Beauty Beauty Oil on my face, eye area, lips and neck. TIP: A light moisturizer is key to a great canvas—it does NOT matter how oily you are. This will help the make-up go on smoother and last longer too.
2. I like stick concealers since they’re cheaper and quicker to apply for concealing and highlighting. You’ll need two shades: one that’s 2-3 shades lighter than your normal shade (for highlighting) and another one that is 2-3 shades darker ( for contouring).
3. To highlight, don’t worry about perfect lines, focus on the under-eye area, and take it upwards and stop before you reach your hairline. Also, focus on highlighting all your cheekbone area, like shown on this photo. (Just a reminder, highlighting will bring out your features while contouring will “recede” them.)
4. This is how the highlighted cheekbones/under-eye area should look.
5. Draw a thin line on the center of the nose area to highlight, bringing it up towards the forehead. Pretend to be drawing an upside-down broom, and highlight your cupids bow and your chin also.
6. Here is a side view of the completed highlighting.
7. Contouring with the darker shade of concealer, focus on shading the temples, both sides and tip of nose, and below the cheekbones and jaw line. I suggest starting below the cheekbones and work around the face.
8. A side view of contour look. TIP: Try sucking in your cheeks a little to find your natural shade under your cheekbones, and use that as a guideline.
9. Here is the most important step! It might take practice, but the key to making all this work is BLENDING. Then, load up your fluffy foundation brush with your foundation of choice . Blend in a circular motion and marry all shades together for a seamless finish.
10. Et voila! Notice my slimmer nose, chiseled cheeks, and not so-big-and-flat forehead. Everything should look well-blended and seamless. I recommend setting everything with a translucent powder then following it up with blush.
11. See! no harsh lines anywhere, just natural shading.
About the Author:
Growing up in a small town in her So-Cal native, all-things-beauty quickly became a passion as a young girl for Gina. With her spare time, creativity and old hand-me-down make-up, every family member and friend that stepped in her home quickly became the perfect canvas for the Make-up practice runs, bright pink blush and wild reds on the lips outside the lines didn’t get everyone too excited. But little would they know how their time would contribute to her future. I guess everything does happen for a reason, and growing up in a small town, with a passion for make-up and plenty of spare time was the perfect setting for the beginning of her career.Later on, she began working as a Traveling Make-up Artist through-out Southern California for well-known Cosmetic brands such as Nars, Stila and Bobbi Brown, then eventually started managing some of the larger cosmetic retail stores of today. Hard work and persistence has lead her to land incredible jobs in Film, Editorial/Print, Fashion/Runway and TV, including working with Celebrity clients. Being a licensed Cosmetologist and having attended MUD (a highly credible Make-up Design school) she strongly understands skin, make-up and hair, in which all together can tell a complete story. Now living in Los Angeles accomplishing her dreams, with her fluent Spanish and English speaking skills and her alternative “green-minded” beauty kit, provided upon referrals, she keeps busy and motivated in the things she is most passionate about- beauty and health. Giving back in this world, however possible, is no exception for Gina, and volunteering during her spare time for the American Cancer Society, teaching cancer patients beauty tips and tricks while they’re going under treatment, pays back in ways that no job can, “Give to others, and you will receive…You will be given so much that it will spill into your lap- Luke 6:38″ (and this isn’t talking about money, the best things in life are things you cannot buy). When she’s not working her main role as a Beauty Executive Trainer for one of her favorite brands, Josie Maran Cosmetics, traveling the Los Angeles / Hawaii / Las Vegas regions, she’s on location working her make-up skills or assisting well-known Celebrity Make-up Artists, always making time for learning the latest and greatest. She is passionate about her work and enjoys living in sunny L.A. with her hubby and two ridiculously spoiled dogs, Colbie and Livvy Lulu.