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Avoid These Common Contouring Mistakes

Contouring is the perfect way to give your clients the structured cheekbones they want, but done incorrectly, it can create a look that is more cringe than chiseled. In makeup school, you’ll practice tips for creating the perfect contour for your clients. As you master your skills, avoid these common mistakes that could compromise your contouring abilities:

Using the Wrong Color

Although using a contouring makeup that is a few shades darker than your client’s natural skin tone is required to create the dramatic, high-cheekbone look you want, going too dark will lead to unnatural results. Avoid the temptation to use bronzer beneath the cheekbones, as it will look too orange. Instead, opt for a makeup product that was specifically created for contouring in a color that is about two shades darker than your client’s skin. Put it beneath the cheekbones, and then add bronzer only in areas where the sun would naturally hit the face.

Overusing Contouring Makeup

When celebrities are photographed with contoured makeup, they need to use a substantial amount of products so that the effect is noticeable in the picture. For real life circumstances, however, your clients don’t need such a heavy hand. Avoid creating harsh lines with contouring products that won’t blend in naturally. Generally, most people look best with contouring makeup under their cheekbones only, rather than also creating lines on the nose, unless you are doing makeup specifically for a photo shoot.

Being Heavy Handed with Highlighter

Highlighter is a finishing touch to enhance contouring, not the star of the show. When you apply too much of it, you’ll draw attention to the sparkle and away from the contour you worked to create. Apply a small amount of highlighter to the tops of the cheekbones only, to preserve the contouring shadow and to avoid excessive shininess.

From contouring to smoky eyes and nude lips, Long Island Beauty School’s makeup classes will give the skills you need to make your creativity as a makeup artist come alive. Are you ready to launch your beauty career? Contact us today at (516) 483-6259 to find out more about our makeup academy. All Long Island hair design school services are performed by students under the supervision of licensed instructors.