Have you ever noticed that after several months of using the same foundation, your skin is left looking very pale or just very orange? It is true that after a certain amount of time, our look fades and it doesn't look as good as the first day we tried it out. Part of that is just us adjusting to the makeover and getting tired of it after a while, but part of it can also be due to the fact that after we create a new look, it takes less and less time to prepare each day. Some days we are just not in the mood to perfect our own looks, and it can look sloppy. Taking the extra 45 minutes each day would make us feel glamorous, but it is not a realistic option much of the time. Facial contouring is a great way to freshen up any look, but it can require more time. With these simple steps, however, you can make a fresh look in just fifteen minutes. 

The Steps

What You'll Need:

If you are someone who does not own any bronzer, then you are going to need to go to the store and purchase some before you begin. I have provided a link for a great product above by New York Color. This is a bronze palette and it will work just great to create that natural, healthy glow that you have always been looking for. In addition to bronzer, you will also need some type of highlighter as well. I find getting foundation or mineral powder a shade or two lighter than your natural skin tone works best. You also want to make sure that the bronzer you purchased is a shade or two darker than your skin tone, because this will ensure that you have that tan, natural look. If you opt for something darker, you will end up looking like a clown, and that's not good. 


Step 1:

Wash your face completely with the normal cleanser that you would use and apply your daily moisturizer. If you do not do this normally, you should. Moisturizer actually helps protect your skin and keep it looking healthy. In addition, you will also want to apply makeup primer before you put on your foundation. This will ensure that your makeup stays put throughout the day and does not have that melting off effect that so many of us hate. Once you have applied the primer, apply your foundation with a brush or with your fingertips. Make sure you don't miss any spots on your face. (I even go with the eyelids, too). This ensures that you have a canvas-like base from which to add your contours. I find that a mousse-based foundation works the best and also can be used as a great concealer for those of us that have blemishes and other marks to cover up.


Step 2:

Apply the concealer that you normally use. I recommend a concealer that is about the same shade as your natural skin tone. Many people will say that you need something lighter, but that actually does more harm than good. It ends up making the makeup looks caked, hazy, and it can even sometimes make you look super pale. You don't want those spots showing up through your makeup. Once you have applied and dabbed your sealer in, set it with a natural mineral powder. (this can be a translucent powder or a powder that matches your natural tone.) Remember, again when using mineral powder to get something that isn't too light or it will make you look ghostly.


Step 3:

This is where the contouring begins. The main area that you are going to want to focus on is the "T shape" that is made with your forehead and nose on your face. Apply a line of bronzer to both sides of your nose. This will make your nose appear longer and slimmer. Apply bronzer to the hairline and just above the brows and the sides of your forehead. This will draw attention to the center of your forehead, giving you a natural glow. Lastly, apply a good amount of bronzer in a circular motion to the hollows of your cheeks just below the apples of your cheeks. This will bring out your blush and make your cheeks look higher and more natural. It also has a great slimming effect on the face. Some people even report to look like they have lost ten pounds just by doing these simple steps.


Step 4:

Next it is time for you to apply the highlighter. I prefer to use a highlighting powder as it is light and airy. First, apply a small amount to your chin. Then, brush some along the center of your nose. Lastly, apply some in the center of your forehead. These are the places that the light will focus on and hit when you are out and about, making you look slimmer and more natural. I also like to swipe a little highlighter over my eyelids to make my eyes pop. If you don't have time to put on eyeshadow in the morning, this can be a great way to easily brighten your eyes. Next, pick your favorite shade of blush and apply this to the apples of your cheeks. The apples will be located above where you applied your bronzer. This will give you the appearance of having high cheekbones. 


Step 5:

Now that you have finished contouring, go over spots to check and make sure everything has been applied evenly. Once you are finished, swipe on a couple of coats of mascara, swipe on your favorite shaded lip gloss, and get ready to impress your friends with your new, simple, and natural look! They won't believe how easy it is once you tell them about it!

Helpful Products

You should try the bronzer I have linked in this page if this is your first time attempting to do facial contouring. It will be very helpful to you and it is easy to use. It is also reasonably priced. I have provided another link below to a mousse foundation that I find to work very well with this. Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse is very light and airy and it gives you a very flawless look every time that you apply it. If you have combination skin, this can be a great moisturizing foundation. It is also great for people who have skin problems such as acne or rosacea because it covers up spots very well. If you don't believe me, try it for yourself and you will see the difference.