Before Contouring / After Contouring with NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation
Contouring with cream foundation is an easy way to achieve seamless, blended contours and highlights because you’re using products designed to work together in order to create a canvas that transitions from shadow to skin to highlight beautifully. Highlighting and contouring bring back definition and shape to the face, especially after you’ve created a beautiful, flawless blank canvas with your foundation. Because foundations are one color, and depending on the coverage, they can leave the face looking flat and shapeless.
More of us are familiar with highlighters–shimmering powders and creams patted along the high planes of the face to reflect light–but contouring can be a more difficult and daunting task. The best part about makeup, though, is freedom of choice; you can go as defined as you’d like, so you don’t have to go for a dramatic contour and highlight but something subtle that just defines and helps lift the face. I’ve tried to show a more dramatic contour (but you could go further and make it even more dramatic) so that you can clearly see the differences before and after.
Don’t be afraid if you’re new to contouring! Uzo, NARS International Lead Stylist, recommends beginners to use cream foundations for contouring “because they are easier to blend” as “powders in an unskilled hand can make contouring look harsh and un-blended while liquids don’t give enough definition. It is not about having a stripe of darker, un-diffused color along the sides of the face but subtly blended dimension that defines the cheekbones (and jaw line).”
With the full range of NARS Radiant Cream Compact at my disposal, I matched my skin tone match to Santa Fe, which is described as a “medium with peachy undertone,” and it is categorized as “Medium 2.” This is the product I used to create the blank canvas (as my regular foundation) to even out my skin color and cover any blemishes and imperfections.
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To highlight, I chose Siberia. Generally, your highlight shade should be two to four shades lighter than your actual skin color. To contour, I used Cadiz along with Benares. I opted for two, because I wanted a subtler contour on areas like my nose and eyes, but I wanted a deeper, more dramatic contour for slimming and defining my cheekbones and jawline. Generally, you will want to select a shade that is two to four shades darker than your natural complexion and opt for a shade that has similar undertones to your skin tone or one that is more neutral.
Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Add Color to Your Eye Makeup
Share your best tips and tricks for adding bolder, brighter colors into your eye makeup! Feel free to share your experiences, how you mastered techniques, or what you struggle with.
- As an eyeliner is a good introduction to seeing bolder/brighter color on the eye area and is a way to add color without making it the focal point of the look.
- Wear it in the crease: depending on your eye shape, this can make it more or less visible so it’s a peek of color but not a lid full of color.
- As with anything that is new or out of your comfort zone, experiment, have fun, and just wear it around the house on a day you’re relaxing at home – get used to seeing yourself with it on.
Thanks to Theresa for today’s question!
Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Apply Lipstick
Share your best tips and tricks for applying your lipstick perfectly! Feel free to share your experiences, how you mastered techniques, or what you struggle with.
- If you struggle, consider using a lip brush to help give you more precision!
- I start by applying from the center of my bottom lip, and then going to the left, then middle to the right. Then, I repeat on my upper lip by staring at the cupid’s bow.
- I press the lipstick to the center of my lip, and then open my mouth slightly and move the lipstick across the lip while closing my mouth.
Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Organize Your Blushes
Share your best tips and tricks for organizing your blushes! Share your best storage tips and how you keep everything within reach!
- I always separate out the blushes that I always reach for, and then I keep them within reach or separated out so I can quickly find them when I need a go-to.
- If you have 384972934 blushes, you’ll probably need to do more micro-organizing and sort by brand, then color, or formula, then color.
- I think the best way is to organize by color or by undertone – so corals together, plums together, or warm-toned, neutral-toned, and cool-toned. Think about how you choose what blush to pair with your look – are you looking for a color family, an undertone, a general lightness/darkness? Then I’d organize according to that.
Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Organize Your Eyeshadows
Share your best tips and tricks for organizing your eyeshadows! Share your best storage tips and how you keep everything within reach!
- I keep palettes together, same brand or not (though Urban Decay has its own drawer, truth be told). I find that this makes it easier to grab a palette for travel or if I want to work within one.
- If you have a lot of eyeshadows from across brands, you might want to separate by brand first, then arrange in color groups or textures. I organize everything by brand, and I wish I had time to organize more by color or name, but alas, not so much!
- If you aren’t married to the packaging, you could try depotting many of your powder eyeshadows and putting them into a palette system to save space.
Makeup & Beauty Tips on How to Organize Lipsticks
Share your best tips and tricks for organizing your lipsticks! Share your best storage tips and how you keep everything within reach!
- I like to pull out 5-10 of my favorite shades at the moment (it changes often and definitely can vary by the season!) and keep them separated out for easy access or for lazy days when I just want a go-to.
- Depending on how many lipsticks you have, sorting by color makes it easy to find the right shade to pair with a look you’re creating. However…
- Organizing by brand usually means you can save space, as the same packaging always sits and slides together better than a bunch of varying-sized products.