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Preparing to put on makeup is similar to preparing to paint: you want a clean, smooth canvas to start with.
That's what foundation does for you. It smoothes out your skin tone and texture. Foundation is essential for a polished look. Foundation alone can improve your appearance immensely, especially if your skin coloring is uneven, or if you have enlarged pores, facial imperfections, etc. Skilflully applied, foundation minimizes all of these things, creating the illusion of smooth, beautiful skin.
Always match your foundation to your actual skin color as closely as possible. There's nothing more artificial or worse looking than someone who appears to be wearing a mask.
To apply foundation, use a makeup sponge. Put a little bit of the foundation on the sponge, then dot it on your nose, cheeks, forehead and chin. Then blend evenly with the sponge all over your face, all the way to your hairline and down to the jaw. Take special care to blend foundation in well at the jawline so there isn't an obvious "line."
When you see someone with a highly polished look, you may notice that their features appear sculpted and chiseled. In particular, you may notice that models' cheekbones usually appear high and pronounced. You may also notice that their jawlines are well defined. Part of this depends on the natural bone structure of the face. But part of it depends on a makeup technique called contouring.
Contouring simply means using light and dark to emphasize and define the natural bone structure of the face. It's done through skillful use of light and dark.
Before you can contour your face properly, you must understand how your underlying bones give shape and definition to your face.
To understand your bone structure, take note of where your bones push your face out. Also note where your face recedes, or goes in. You can do this by actually feeling your face, noting where it goes in and where it goes out.
Another essential thing to do is to take a careful, critical look at your face in a large mirror. Note where the light falls on your face. That's where your bones push your face out. These are the "mountains" or crests of your face. Most people have crests at the corner of the temples (where your face "turns," changing from the front plane to the side planes); at the tops of the cheekbones; at the middle of the nose; and in the center of the chin.
Also note where the shadows fall on your face. That's where there are no bones, or where the bones recede. These are the "valleys" or shadows of your face. Most people have shadows at the side planes of the temples of the face; at the sides of the nose (unless your nose is very flat, as with many Asians); in the hollows of the cheekbones; and at the bottom of the jawline.
Now that you understand your bone structure, you're ready to learn how to contour. In brief, you contour by putting a slightly darker color in the natural shadows of your face. You can also contour by using the darker color to minimize features you don't like as well. Remember, darker colors will cause the face to recede, while lighter colors will bring it out.
Probably the most important place to contour is at the cheekbones. To do so, use a color just slightly darker than your normal foundation color. Put a little on a makeup sponge, and apply it in the hollow just below the ridge of the cheekbone. Then blend the darker color in very carefully.
Usually, when you contour, you follow the natural shadows of your face. But sometimes you can create illusions by bringing the darker color a bit past the natural shadow. For example, you can "raise" the cheekbone by bringing the contour color up on the cheekbone a bit, a little past the natural shadow. On some bone structures, this is very pretty and dramatic; on others, it simply looks contrived. Try it and see if it works for you.
Another place many people like to contour is at the jawline. If your face is wide, you can "narrow" it by applying a bit of contour color along the outer jawline. If your face is square, you can take the edges off by putting a bit of contour color at the corners of your jawline and blending it in well.
You can also use contouring at your jawline to make the jawline appear more defined. To do so, just apply the contour color beneath the jaw, again blending carefully. The darker color will make the jawline more distinct, often creating the illusion of a thinner face.
If you would like your nose to appear more sculpted, just apply a bit of contour color to the side planes of your nose. Or if you think your nose is too wide, bring the contour color in a little bit on the top plane (the middle, or ridge) of the nose. This will effectively narrow the nose. Remember to blend well!
And last, you can countour by applying a bit of the contour color to the hollows at your temples. This will cause them to look more pronounced, which will in turn make your cheekbones look more prominent.