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Focus on the Positive! How-to Contour and Highlight

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We have all seen the highlight contour tutorials. If you are intrigued and curious but hesitant and a little confused about the newest Sheer Minerals contouring and highlighting products and tools, we are here to help. It is really not as intimidating as some of the paint by numbers-looking videos and pictures make it appear.SheerMinerals_HowToContour_FB_no_text.jpg

The general rule of thumb with contouring and highlighting is to create or emphasize light and shadow. As I often reference in my blogs, it is face art. Light will bring things forth and dark will minimize or recess them. The eye will always go to the light. Think of highlighting as the “positive” and remember the eye will always “focus on the positive”.

If you have a round face and want to create cheekbones apply Contour Powder to the hollows of your cheeks (under your cheekbone) and Strobe Stick to the actual cheekbone and “apples” of your cheeks, thus creating the illusion that the hollows recede and the cheekbones pop out. If you have a round face and want it to appear more oval, imagine placing a paper oval cut out in front of your face. Any areas that would extend beyond the cut out, you would want to recede with shading. Focus the Strobe Stick on places light naturally shines like the center of your forehead, nose and chin. The result is a slimmer longer face. If your face is long and slim, focus your contour on the chin and forehead, which will in essence “shorten” the face.

For me, I would like my nose to appear longer and narrower, so I apply Contour Powder on either side of my nose and then put the focus (light) in a line down the bridge of my nose to the tip. This creates the illusion that the broader portions of my nose recede and the bridge and tip of my nose are more prominent.

The best contouring and strobing tip is: experiment. Apply your Contour Powder with the Foundation Concealer Brush, and then, use the Blending Sponge to apply and blend the Strobe Stick.

IMPORTANT: Do not forget to blend!

The Blending Sponge will be your best friend when contouring and highlighting. The spongy, soft texture, and a light dabbing motion will allow you to blend the light and dark areas gently without wiping them off completely.

Have fun with it! And… with makeup as well as in life….Focus on the positive!!

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Hello Natural Beauties!
I’m Shelley, the Sheer Minerals Makeup Manager at Lemongrass Spa Products corporate office in Colorado.  Makeup is my passion and I couldn’t be more thrilled to share what I’ve learned with all of you.  Bringing fun, fashion-forward trends, application tips and makeup ideas is what I hope to provide in my monthly blog post!  Since 2010, Sheer Minerals has been providing makeup that is safe to wear, all while offering trendy and glamorous color combinations.  I’m so proud that when Lemongrass Spa Products advertises ‘clean, pure and natural’ … we truly stand behind it with our easy-to-pronounce ingredient list!  Watch for tips and tricks with makeup and accessories, before-and-after transformations and savvy makeup party ideas. 


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