Wedding Makeup Tips: 6 Steps to Beautiful Bridal Contouring
Highlighting and contouring can be a fantastic bridal makeup technique to slim the face, give a healthy glow and really make those features pop, or it can be an utter disaster. It all comes down to whether or not you know your stuff!
Sky high cheekbones and a makeup transformation isn’t for everyone, but for your brides who are after a real ‘photo shoot finish’, amazing contouring and highlighting is a must; however, the way that we teach contouring on our bridal makeup courses will help you to see this skill in a new light. It’s not all about piling it on Kardashian style for a very ‘done’ look: if applied correctly, highlighting and contouring can actually be used in a much more subtle way, for a more natural looking bone structure boost.
Want to know more about how to master the art of contouring? Here are our top tips:
Start with a great base
For contouring that really works, you absolutely have to start with a flawless, even base. Before you even attempt to start applying any light or shade, make sure that you have worked on your client’s skin to achieve beautiful, even skin tone with products that match their colouring just right. From this starting point, you’ll find achieving the look you want much easier.
You want to avoid harsh lines when it comes to bridal contouring as this won’t well work at all! Instead, what you want to aim for is a very natural looking shadow. To achieve this, the key is to blend, blend, blend! Choose your favourite blending tool, whether that’s a sponge or a brush and gently work each contoured area until you’re happy. Don’t rush this – take your time for real perfection.
Know where to work
It’s no good just winging it when you contour and highlight – you’ve really got to be applying your products with strict direction for best results. Getting it even slightly off can change the overall appearance and that’s why we’ll take you through it, step by step, on our bridal makeup courses.
What you want to aim for is an oval face shape with certain features emphasized or receded, so discuss with your client what features they want to play up and which they want to play down, don’t just make the decision for them.
For the contour, focus on the cheekbones building up around the centre of your ear and blending out gradually until you reach mid-cheek. If you’re hoping to slim your client’s face down a bit, blend the contour shade in around the forehead almost in the hairline and on either side of the bridge of the nose. Highlight the tops of the cheekbones, the chin, the centre of the forehead, bridge of the nose, arch of the eyebrow and for extra pouty lips, the cupids bow.
Less is more
Don’t go crazy with product! Add it little by little until you reach the ideal amount. Going overboard with highlighting and contouring will leave your client looking a bit clown-like, which is probably not the look you’re going for! Build it up rather than going overboard and be sure to have your client sitting in natural light so that you can see exactly how it’s going.
Choose the right shades
To get the contrast just right, you’ve got to use the shades that are perfect for your client. Ideally what you want is to go two shades darker than their skin tone with the contour and two shades lighter with the highlight, for a really natural look that brings everything out just the way you want it too, without looking too obvious. We’ll help you figure out how to select the right shades for your clients on our bridal makeup courses!
Use great products
As with all makeup, the quality really does count. Invest in excellent palettes for ease of use, longevity and for a look that is more gorgeous than scary!
Avoid making do with a bronzer for contouring as the warm tones and often shimmery finish won’t help achieve a natural look – you’re trying to mimic light and shade and that generally won’t contain glitter! You can opt for a slightly pearlescent highlighter though, for a ‘radiant’ look, but go easy.