HOW TO: Contour and Highlighting

Highlighting and contouring is one of the best ways to achieve that slim and sculpted look that we all seem to want and love nowadays. It’s quick, it’s easy, and best of all, it’s NON-SURGICAL! I mean, who wouldn’t want to get that look without having to go under the knife? No wonder why it’s such a craze! But, before jumping the gun and throwing a bunch of bronzer and concealer on random areas of your face, you should first distinguish what face shape you have. Do you have a round face? A square face? Below, I have provided a face shape chart that I found off of @palafoxxia’s Instagram to help you decide. Second, a very important thing to understand is that the purpose of highlighting is to bring out or make certain areas of your face such as your cheek bones, nose, or forehead look more prominent or “pop.” Whereas, the purpose of contouring is to create an artificial shadow to make some areas of your face look more sunken in. Third, if you are using a cream or liquid concealer or bronzer, ALWAYS apply this before powder. If you apply powder first, it will become blotchy and ugly and no, JUST NO. Please don’t. Now, there are many different ways all over the web that will help you learn how to achieve this look but these are my tips and tricks that I like to use not only on myself but on my clients as well. Sooooo, without further ado, if you’d like to know how to contour and highlight keep on reading.

STEP 1: Decide which shape best suits your face. Here is an easy guide on which areas you should apply the highlighting and contouring products depending on the shape of your face. I personally have a heart shaped face.

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STEP 2: Apply your foundation. I used Mac Studio Fix Fluid Foundation in shade NC40.

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STEP 3: Apply a concealer that is 2-3 shades lighter than your skin tone under your eyes, down the bridge of your nose, onto the center of your forehead, on your cupids bow, chin, and underneath your cheekbones. If you have terrible under eye circles or discoloration, apply a orange or peachy tone concealer on before applying your regular concealer. By doing this, it will cancel out the discoloration and ensure a flawless finish. I used LA Girl Pro Concealer in shade Creamy Beige.

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STEP 4:  Apply a cool toned foundation or concealer 2-3 tones darker than your skin tone onto the sides of your nose, the side of the temples of your forehead, underneath your cheek bones (start from the bottom of your ear and drag the color to about the center of your eyeball), along your jawline, and on the sides of your chin. I used The Graftobian Cream Foundation Palette.

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STEP 5: Blend!!! I find that the beauty blender works the best but a small stippling brush does the trick as well. I used the Real Techniques Blending Sponge.

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STEP 6: Apply a yellow or translucent powder onto the areas that you placed the concealer. I used Ruby Kisses yellow setting powder. Then, apply a cool toned matte bronzer or face powder onto the areas that you placed the darker concealer or foundation. I used Nyx Matte Bronzer in shade Dark Tan. Be sure to blend out all the harsh lines.

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STEP 7: Apply a shimmery highlighting shade onto the top of your cheekbones, blush, lipstick, anddddd…. *snap snap* SELFIE!

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See the difference? No cheekbones vs. cheekbones. YAY! You also don’t have to use a cream or liquid concealer or contouring shade. Most of the time I just stick to using highlighting and contouring powders instead because it looks more natural but for photography purposes, I like to use both. I hope this was useful to you and please give it a try! Remember, makeup can always be erased and practice makes perfect so if you don’t get it right the first time, keep trying! Get those cheekbones girl! I have faith in you!! Feel free to leave comments below or via Instagram (username: @sippinonjenn_)  if you have any questions. I am more than happy to help you. Until next time, stay weird my friends =)

xoxo,

Jenn

GTL: Valentines Day Makeup

Roses are red, violets are blue. Valentines Day is coming up, so here’s a pictorial for YOU! haha! Don’t judge me, I tried. Anyways, the day of love, also known as “Valentines Day” or “Single Awareness Day,” is rapidly approaching. Ahhhhh, I can smell the sweet chocolates and roses already. Whether you are in a relationship or single as a strand of hair, why not look fabulous regardless of what you’re doing on this special day? YAAAS HUNTY! You know I most definitely got you covered on that! Here is a simple, like super duper simple, like only FOUR shades simple, and versatile look that can be paired up with literally any lip color. As always, you do not have to use the same products as I did. Please feel free to use whatever you have. Makeup can always be erased so get creative! But not too creative if you know what I mean (haha). With that being said, let’s get started!

Step 1: After applying a primer or base to the eyelids, apply a matte cream eyeshadow all over the lid up to the brow bone. I find that doing this helps with blending and prevents blotchy patches. I used the shade “Brulee” by Wet n’ Wild.

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Step 2: Apply a light brown transition shade onto the crease and blend. I used the shade “Naked” from the Urban Decay Naked One palette.

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Step 3: Apply a warm brown shade and blend it into the lighter brown shade. I used “Brown Script” by MAC.

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Step 4: Re-apply the cream shade onto the lid to intensify the color.

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Step 5: Apply a warm chocolate brown shade onto the outer portions of the eyelids for added definition. I used “Swiss Chocolate” by MAC.

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Step 6: First apply the warm brown shade (Brown Script) onto the lower lash line. Then, apply the chocolate brown shade (Swiss Chocolate) onto the outer third of the lower lash line for a subtle smokiness.

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Step 7: Apply mascara, eyeliner, and your favorite false eyelashes. Then, apply a shimmery champagne shade onto the inner corners of your eyes to brighten things up a little. I used the color “Sin” from Urban Decay’s Naked One palette.

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Step 8: Pick any shade of lipstick that you’d like to pair up with this look. I personally went with the hot pink 😉

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And your look is complete! It’s soft, it’s simple, and last but not least, it’s sexy! Anyone can rock this look not only on Valentines Day but on any occasion. Please try this look out, you will not regret it! I hope you all have a very special Valentines Day with that special someone and if you’re single, there’s nothing that a tub of ice cream and Netflix won’t fix or a night out with your friends of course. Until next time, stay weird my friends =)

xoxo,

Jenn

GTL: Winter Formal Makeup

January is rapidly coming to an end and that can only possibly mean one other thing, THE WINTER FORMAL/WINTER DANCE IS COMING UP! To all my fellow high school beauties, I know that it can be a hassle (and pricey) to get your dress, hair, nails, and makeup done, believe me, I’ve been there but have no fear because I’ve got you covered! Well, on the makeup part at least haha! Here is a quick, easy, and versatile makeup look that I demonstrated on my 15-year old sister that anyone can rock and look fabulous in! The best part is that I only used ONE palette to achieve this look but feel free to use whatever you have. Now, lets get started!

For this look I used the BH Cosemetics Neutral palette.

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Step 1: After applying primer to your eyelids, apply a skin tone or off white shade onto your brow bone.

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Step 2: Apply a light brown transition shade onto the crease. This will help with blending later on when you apply other colors to the crease.

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Step 3: Define the crease a little more by adding a darker brown shade into the crease. Blend in small circular motions keeping the color in the crease and not blending it too far up to your brow bone.

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Step 4: Apply a rose gold shade onto the lid.

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Step 5: Apply a deep brown shade onto the outer parts of your eyelids and concentrate the color onto this area.This is also known as the “outer V” because you are making a sideways V motion when you blend.

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Step 6: Apply loose glitter onto the eyelids for that extra UMPHHH! (Optional) I used Wet n Wild’s Mega Shimmer.

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Step 7: Apply the light brown shade that was used to deepen the crease earlier onto the bottom lash line. Then, apply the deep brown shade on top for a little more smokiness. BLEND.

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Step 8: Apply eyeliner and false eyelashes.

Step 9: After finishing the rest of your face (foundation, concealer, blush and bronzer) pair this look with a nude lipstick shade, or any other shade of your choice, with a little bit of gloss applied to the center of your lips for a cute little pout.

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And your look is complete! I hope this makeup pictorial helped and I hope you all have a blast and dance the night away! Enjoy it while you can because high school is most definitely going to fly by (at least for me it did) and always remember to be safe. Until next time, stay weird my friends =)

xoxo,

Jenn