Hoo-ha around Contouring

As intimidating as the word “contouring” may sound, believe me, it’s just as simple once you understand what it really means. Contouring is giving shape to an area of the face (by shading & highlighting) to enhance the facial structure through makeup. It’s not supposed to be noticeable—just a subtle definition or an illusion. Remember:

  • Contours are meant to be matte, while highlight is meant to have shimmer
  • The contour shade should typically be two shades darker than your skin tone & highlighter should be lighter
  • If you’re using powders to contour, you’ll get a more matte finish; If you use creams (easier to blend & build), the result will be more dewy
  • Always always always blend it in & avoid any demarcation

Now, which part of your face you need to contour depends a lot on your face shape. I have tried to simplify this below using some examples to explain this. Oval Face Faces_Oval CELEB ADVERTS This is often considered to be the ideal face shape. You do not need to contour as your face shape is already symmetrical. Just remember that light shades appear more prominent and darker shades decrease the size of the area. Diamond Shape Faces_Diamond Scar;ett Contour at the cheeks to minimize width Highlight you forehead, under your eyes & your chin to draw attention to the center of your face Oblong Face Faces_LongKatrinaKaif Contour across the lower section of your chin to shorten your face length Apply blush to the apples of your cheek to widen your face Heart Face Faces_HeartDeepika Contour at the temples & cheeks to diminish the width of your upper face Square Face

Faces_Squarekareena-kapoor-latest-photos-8Contour the corners on either sides of your forehead

Contour on either sides of your jawline, blending up to the bottom of your ears Round Face Faces_Roundcameron-diaz Contour to your temples, cheeks & jawline to create an illusion of an oval shape Hope this helps you guys! Drop in a comment if you have further queries on contouring.


The right “foundation”

Its Valentine’s week guys… and one must celebrate it by doing what one loves. For me, these days it’s about sharing as much as I can on my blog. Yayy! 🙂 So read on…

FoundationThis one is all about foundations. Remember that the purpose of using foundations is to create an even, uniform colour to one’s complexion. It does not even out all imperfections on your face. That’s the corrector’s or the concealer’s job.

Types of Foundations 

Choosing the foundation by colours is not the only thing. There are various types of foundations available in the market like liquid, cream, powder & mousse. So how do you know what type of foundation is right for you?

Your skin type, what texture you’re looking for, and what finish you want – sheer, dewy, matt or heavy determine the type of foundation best suited for you. You might want a different foundation for different time of the day or year – depending on how your skin behaves.

While knowing your skin type, also take a good look at the product packages before choosing your foundation. There will be words that indicate what type of skin they are best suited for.

  • Dry Skin –Use hydrating liquids & creams; look for products that say ‘skin nourishing’, ‘skin replenishing’, ‘hydrating’, ‘moisturising’
  • Oily Skin – Use mattifying liquid, cream or powders; look for products that say ‘matt’, ‘mattifying’, ‘shine control’, ‘shine free’
  • Combination Skin – Use liquid or cream across your face & mattify the T-zone with powder

Now, I had always been sort of clueless when it came to mousse, because I never understood what it was until I discovered this:

  • A mousse foundation is simply a liquid foundation with air whipped into it. So it’s a light & fluffy texture & it often sets to a powder finish – perfect for oily skin. However, can be worn widely across all skin types.

Picking up the right shade 

Unless you are doing a contoured, tanned or lightening look, the colour of your foundation should be exactly matching your skin colour. Understand that the skin across your face will never be even in colouring. There are areas that look darker & some lighter. The thing to do is take a closer look to your jawline, neck or chest & look for that foundation colour. And oh yes, test the foundation on your jawline – NEVER on your wrist. If it disappears into the skin, it’s a true match!

A few tips on choosing the right shade:

  • Keep in mind the undertones of your skin (as explained in my earlier blog)
  • Always ask for samples before buying the product – keep the colour on for a while and see how your skin responds to it
  • Check how shade looks on your face in sunlight
  • Take a picture of yourself while wearing the product & see if it looks natural

You can always mix a few shades to achieve your skin’s exact match. There are no proportions – simply mix them & test on your face. In different areas if need be.

Again- foundations are NOT correctors of concealers. Never pile it on your face to get rid of that nasty spot.

Hope this of some help to you while you go shopping for your next foundation. Drop in a comment if you have any queries.

Happy Valentine’s!

The ‘Colour Correction’ Confusion

How many times have you heard people complaining “My concealer doesn’t hide my birthmarks”, or “the blemish on my skin just won’t go”, or “there is no way I can hide my dark under-eye circles” for example? Most of these flaws on skin are colour-related and we don’t realize it simply because no one has told us about it! It is actually either ‘brown birthmarks’, or ‘red blemish’, or ‘dark bluish under-eye circles’.

I told you guys about the colour theory in my last post. In this one, I will talk about Colour Correction. (Now, I might be getting too much into the theory of makeup, but believe me, if you know these basics right, half our job is done. I will make it as short as I can!)

Colour correctors, also known as neutralizers are meant to “correct” hard to cover skin discolouration as mentioned above. They are based on the idea that when you want to neutralize a colour, you place its exact opposite colour from the colour wheel to cover it.

color-theory-in-color-correctionUsing colour correctors is a mystery & is scary for most of us, because let’s face it – who in their right minds would want to put orange, red, yellow or green on their skin!? I am going to tell you in short – only what you need to know.

  • The colour green neutralizes red, so people with lots of redness such as rosacea need a green corrector to counteract the colour before adding their foundation or concealer. Lighter skin tones will benefit the most with this corrector.
  • Darker skin tones have hyperpigmentation and discolouration. You will need a neutralizing colour such as orange or peach to counteract the darkness.
  • If you have yellow skin (dull, bland, needs a pick-me-up), you will need a lavender/lilac type corrector to brighten the skin.

You must also know that Colour Correctors are used just before applying foundation or concealer. Apply a thin layer of it on the areas that need to be corrected.

Let me know if this helps or in case you have any queries.

Happy ‘correcting’! 😉