7 Tips for Contouring a ROUND face
Contouring is a new makeup technique that has taken over the beauty world. The point of contouring is to use a mixture of dark shades and light shades to flatter the features on your face that you like and mask the features you don’t like.
If you have a round face shape, then contouring is primarily used for slimming your cheeks and creating a more angular, heart-shaped silhouette. The way this silhouette is achieved is by using a mixture of bronzers and highlights to create new shadows on your face.
If you are overwhelmed by the concept of contouring, then these seven steps will help you create the perfect contour for your round face.
1. Start with the right brushes. Having the right brushes is a must. If you don’t have the right brushes, then you’re already starting on the wrong foot when it comes to contouring your features. Make sure you have a soft brush because it makes applying and blending the product easier. Also, if it is your first time practicing contouring, consider a cream formula rather than a powder because cream blends easier and gives a more natural finish when it dries.
2. Remember: highlights bring features forward, and darker shades push features back. The key to contouring is understanding this one tip. When you highlight a feature, it will bring it forward and draw attention to it, and when you add darker shades to a feature, it pushes that feature back. This is important to remember because if you make a mistake with your highlighting and bronzing, then it’s always a quick step to fix it. All you have to do to correct an error is add the opposite color on top.
3. Use concealer under your eyes. The next step in your contouring journey is to use concealer under your eyes. Unless you’re getting a full 9 hours of beauty rest every night, then you’re probably suffering from darker skin underneath your eyes. Concealing this part of your face will bring your eyes forward and make them pop.
4. Do a soft highlight. After you do your concealer, it’s time to decide what features you want to highlight. For a round face, you would start with your cheekbones, your chin, the bridge of your nose, and the middle of your forehead. This step isn’t your final highlight. It is only your guidelines, so you know where you want to start applying your bronzer.
5. Create some sharp angles. Now it’s time to draw your contour lines and start sculpting your face. Start by following the natural shadow of your cheeks, adding a contour slightly below where you applied your highlight. Bring your contour under your jawline because it will make your face look super slim. When it comes to contouring your forehead, focus on your temples only. This step won’t look natural at first, but once you blend all of your shades together, it will look wonderful.
6. Don’t forget to bake. After you’ve completed your contour and your soft highlight, it’s time to blend everything and bake your face. Baking is especially important when it comes to round faces because it helps accentuate the contour and soak up any extra moisture on your face. It is usually done with a loose powder and a makeup sponge.
7. Add the finishing touches (the final highlight). Your final step is to add the highlight. Once you add your highlight, your entire look will come together. At this point, there are a lot of products on your face, and because this can make your face look flat, it’s important to add a little highlight on your cheekbones, your nose, your forehead, and your cupid’s bow to create a Natural Glow. Depending on what kind of hard let you apply, it can give you a dewy-fresh look or a sharp, snatched look.
If you’re new to makeup, contouring your face may seem like an overwhelming task, but once you get the hang of it, it starts to come naturally. The most important thing to remember when you are contouring your face is that highlights will bring features forwards, and bronzing and darker shades will push features backwards.
Keeping that in mind, apply your highlights to the features you like, and then apply your contour lines at the natural shadow of your cheek, your jawline, and around the sides of your nose. After blending everything and baking your face, you can add the finishing highlights to your face and complete your look.
Unfortunately this didn't work great for me! 🥺
I have dark circles and fine lines and I look for eye creams that target these concerns. Recently I won this Indie Lee I-Waken Eye Serum in Cherie Cheerleader prize!! INDIE LEE - I-Waken Eye Serum I'm glad to have put this to a test! I liked the liquidy thick serum consistency and the milky texture of this product. Unlike many other eye creams it's great for absorption in under eye area. I was expecting it to work amazing for me but sadly it did not! This is what the product details are: What it is: A hydrating, antioxidant-rich daily eye serum that addresses dark circles and puffiness, leaving skin with a refreshed and firmer appearance. Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily Skincare Concerns: Dark circles, Puffiness, Dryness Formulation: Serum Highlighted Ingredients: - Horse Chestnut, Mountain Ash Bud, and Witch Hazel: Address dark circles and puffiness. - Chamomile, Arnica, and Cornflower: Help soothe the delicate eye area. - Hyaluronic Acid: Helps to promote long-lasting hydration. 🍁 My Experience: I experienced it's great for people with puffiness and under eye bags. It slightly flattened my under eye area but for my major concerns like dark circles and fines lines this isn't working as effectively as my other favourite eye creams do. This certainly doesn't mean it won't help my concerns in the long run or it may brighten my under eye areas slightly if I use it consistently. With my other eye creams such as Nuria eye cream and The Ordinary Caffeine solution I see difference in my dark circles in just little than a week but I gave this more time than that to see if it works for my specific concerns and it did not do well. I will post an update of 5-6 weeks of use!
The Art of Cleansing - need to know skin tips⬇️
A Ph balanced cleanser is key for healthy skin! Why is the Ph of your cleanser important? First of all, you need to understand your skin. The skin is the largest organ of the body which we often forget and on the skin's surface, there is a fine and a slightly acidic film known as the acid mantle. The acid mantle is formed through the combination of epidermal lipids, sebum, water, urea and amino acids, giving the skin an acidic environment and a Ph of 4.6-6. The acid mantle acts as a barrier to protect the skin from harmful bacteria and viruses. The acid mantle also retains water in the skin, which supports hydration levels, prevent Transepidermal Water loss (TEWL) and gives us the dewy glow we all crave. ✨ The health of the skin is relying on a well functioning acid mantle and barrier. For optimum skin health, the acid mantle needs to stay between a Ph level 4.6-6, and your cleanser ideally should match it. Unfortunately, many cleansers are at ph levels 9-10 (more alkaline). Higher ph cleansers are still removing dirt and cleaning the skin, but they're also compromising the acid mantle's Ph, therefore, making the skin susceptible to bacteria, resulting in acne, irritation, eczema, inflammation, and dehydration. The acid mantle can recover, but it's not in the skin's best interest to use high Ph (alkaline cleansers) I recommend avoiding cleansers containing Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). SLS is a detergent and responsible for the lather and foam a cleanser produces and leaves the skin feeling squeaky clean. (Your skin should never feel squeaky clean.) SLS commonly found in cleansers, body washes, and shampoos. SLS, causes a cleanser to become overly alkaline, resulting in an unbalanced acid mantle and depletes the skin of its natural oils leading to irritated and inflamed skin. The skin starts to overproduce oil to compensate for what SLS has stripped away, which explains why the skin goes into a cycle of oily to dry because the acid mantle is repeatedly being compromised and in a state of imbalance, resulting in persistent skin issues. ✨Thankfully the skin is smart and will recover when given the right tools.✨ ✨Cleansing✨ I recommend cleansing the skin morning and night with a Ph balanced SLS free cleanser and always double cleanse at night as SPF and makeup stick to the skin along with pollution picked up throughout the day, so double cleansing is essential. My go-to for evening cleanser is #Dermaquest - Essential daily cleanser[products]#[FourStars] Dermaquest's Essential daily cleanser alongside my Foreo Luna cleansing tool - deets below.FOREO - LUNA Mini 2 Facial Cleansing Brush Fuchsia 🙅🏻♀️Try not to skip cleansing at night no matter how sleepy you are, sleeping with your makeup on goes far beyond clogged pores. Sleeping with your makeup on in the long term will prematurely age your skin due to the breakdown of collagen from environmental pollutants left on the skin. Keep reading in comments ⬇️
☁️Coco Cloud shave & Blueberry Kush scrub💨
These 2 Truly products were a hit & a miss for me. *☁️Before trying Coco Cloud, I was just using an unscented Dove soap bar to shave🪒 🧼— I know. I was really stuck in a rut for years-even though it wasn’t really working for me (including Venus razors) I think I was scarred by a few 2000s scented drugstore shaving creams that irritated my legs so much! 🍦🥥TRULY - Coco Cloud Luxury Shave Butter $20/4 oz What’s cool is the one I have is almost entirely Organic (only 2/10 ingredients aren’t & they’re Vitamin E & Coconut Oil (last on list) Now I say the one that I have, because I could not find a matching set of ingredients for this product on Ulta.com, Truly’s own website, or this jar (ordered from Truly) I included all 3 on the last slide. I remember seeing it on Ulta, but ended up purchasing on Truly. I wouldn’t have added to cart if I saw that ingredient list though! All 3 are wildly different, & that’s a huge problem, because although I found this product a total game changer, how can I confidently recommend it to you guys if one says it has retinol in it! (I have zero retinol experience) I’d really like to repurchase this with confidence, & it could be a mistake on the site, but Ulta’s differs so much from the product I received as well.. 💻Truly had responsive customer service before, so I’m gonna email them to ask... I might not have found out these discrepancies, but I didn’t know what “Organic Bath Whip” meant as the 1st ingredient, I think it means Glycerin & Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, but not sure how that could be organic? My experience: The Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Virgin Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Vanilla Extract, White Tea & Argan Oil, ARE ALL ORGANIC! The only other 2 ingredient are Vitamin E & Coconut Oil. 🥛I love that it’s naturally fragranced with real Vanilla!(personal fav) It smells so good, like vanilla coconut milk! It creates a nice froth & makes shaving super comfortable. Immediate results for me! No more razor bumps & irritated pores! I use the TRULY - Mini Gold Spoon + Satin Pouch ($5 each) to apply & keep sanitary, they’re perfect! Used w/: Gillette - Venus Spa Breeze Razor With Refills Usually $8-$15 No complaints with the handle part, I’ve had the same one for years. Gillette - Venus Spa Breeze Women's 4 Razor Blade Refills Usually $15-$24 I’m switching to a more eco-friendly option, but it’s back-ordered. These don’t hold up for that many shaves before I have to toss them. Like 2, maybe 3- so the price adds up & the soap strips probably aren’t great. TRULY - Blueberry Kush CBD Body Scrub $33/6 oz with 300 mg CBD This product arrived pretty melted/separated & leaking. It was nicely refunded, but my rating is purely on how I feel about the formula itself: It smells very strong of candy, but once you start using it with water it smells kinda weird, like grass? Also leaves a yellow dye-like residue?
Textured Skin?? 3 Tried & Tested Products!
Up until I really started understanding🤔my skin and how certain ingredients work... I always had textured skin due to acne, blemishes and lack of regular exfoliation. Well here’s my experiences from lessons learnt throughout the years for all those people who are on the same boat as I once was.. I’ve learnt the key🔑to smoother skin is knowing the underlying issue and the reason behind your skin’s uneven texture and incorporating exfoliants in a regulated skincare routine. When treating the uneven skin texture, you need to ask yourself whether or not you are using exfoliants (both physical and chemical)? If your answer is NO, then you have bumpy skin and you need to start incorporating an exfoliant into your skincare routine. Lactic acid is a good place to start as it suits all skin types. However, what really works for my skin type (oily/combination) is Salicylic acid. Be sure to start with an exfoliant by using once or twice a week and only take it up to using it 3 times a week. No more than this please ☺️ If your answer is YES, then ask yourself: “How many times am I using the exfoliants and how strong are they?” If you’re using exfoliants more than 2 to 3 times a week and you still have bumpy/textured skin then there’s a high chance your skin’s barrier is not happy. Work on repairing and strengthening your skin barrier by using products geared towards providing hydration💦and moisturization. Periodically, exfoliating definitely will help improve your skin texture! Here are some of My Tried & Tested Products for bump-free skin: 1. GOOD MOLECULES - Pineapple Exfoliating Powder 2. PETER THOMAS ROTH - Peptide 21 Amino Acid Exfoliating Peel Pads 4. dermalogica - Hydro Masque Exfoliant Follow & Glow! ✨ #cheriepartner
It’s Just....Eyeliner. 🙄
A part of me was actually REALLY excited to have one of Makeup By Mario’s products. I didn’t realize that it wasn’t really worth it until I counted how many weeks it’s been sitting on my desk. But I did try it about three-four times! There were good things and bad but I couldn’t get over the fact that it was so easy to find a similar product and formulation on the market. I was looking for an eyeliner that didn’t drag on the teeny weeny parts of my eye. There are only two colors that come in the pencil liner, black and brown So here’s the breakdown- 1. Formulation The formulation is much creamer than some eyeliners. The texture is similar to NARS - High-Pigment Longwear Eyelinerand from the looks of the ingredients there are several emollients(ex: Isododecane), waxes(Ex: Carnuba Wax), and stabilizers that ensure the formula doesn’t separate. Emollients help lubricate the skins surface and provide a soft/smooth appearance and feel to the product. Waxes help give product more form and are often used in cosmetics to give the product more thermal stability. This is good if you live in a hot climate, because it prevents the product from melting easily. It’s a classic formulation overall with a couple tweaks in ingredients to give you more blendability. 2. Performance The eyeliner is great on its own if you’ve never tried a pencil liner before. There was typically less skipping the first time I put it on. However, I did find it more difficult to glide onto my eyeshape when I have powder eyeshadow on. I feel like because the formula gets in contact with a powder, some of the emollient features disappear and you aren’t able to blend it into the eye as nicely. It was difficult to get a clean line on the highest points of my eye. When it’s on, it did last over 6 hours of wear in a dry climate. Those of you who have smaller-set eyes like mine, you may end up sharpening the pencil more often than others in order to get a small crisp wing. One of the highlighted features to the pencil was the brush. Looking at it now I’ve never not wanted to roll my eyes so hard to the back of my head. 😆 It’s merely there for convenience and I find that the bristles are way too long and flimsy to really get into the nooks and crannies of the eye to create a perfect smudge. It’s also not the best choice to have on a product when it comes to being eco-friendly. When you swatch it in the hand, it feels amazing. However, your hand is a flat surface with fairly tight skin and the eye area is more delicate. Therefore, you may not get the same result on the eye. I had to lift and shift some of the skin on my eye to get a clean line, which can be annoying if you’re in a pinch. 3. Final Verdict It’s a brown liner. You can literally get the same thing from FENTY BEAUTY - Flyliner Longwear Liquid Eyeliner or 3CE - Super Slim Waterproof Eyeliner 3CE Liners are awesome and go for 13 dollars! Overall, you can skip this
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