If I was ever wandering where did my cheekbones go, I need only to look at the photos from my Paris trip. Hello cheekbones! Nice to see you again. I’ve forgotten about you and here you are, chiseled by the falling light and shadow. It must have been Paris atmosphere, that Saint- Germain-des-Prés ambience that brought out a face feature I’m obsessed with. I blame Daria. And Kate Moss. Hell, even young David Bowie, with his dramatic angles.
In British dictionary one of the synonyms of obsessed is deluded. Yes, that would be me. I look at the Paris photos like at some sort of reversed Dorian Gray portrait, my photos deceivingly showing me everything I long for.
Don’t care about long lashes. Full lips- pfff…..Give me an angular face any time and I will have no trouble looking like one of those fabulous creatures, with just-tumbled-out-of-bed hair and no make up- because who needs make up if you have razor sharp cheekbones?
Don’t get me wrong- I’m not hankering after Kim Kardashian’s look. Nothing against it- just too much visible cake is not my thing (visible being an operative word). What I really want to wear this season (the party season that it) is just “nude” angular face is the effect I’m after. OK, maybe (and that’s a big maybe) a red lip. As I said-maybe. If I can be bothered, and only before that martini.
I said “nude” in inverted comas because well, when you wear primer, foundation, concealer, highlighter and whatnot technically your face is anything but.
So, where do I start? Well, where I should have started was to look at a few youtube tutorials. Had I done it I would have discovered (as I did just before writing this post) that two shades of foundation are probably better than just contouring powder.
What I got was a Define & Conquer Contour Kit by Seventeen, which I picked up recently at the airport. Do any of you ever feel like this- you go through security and suddenly, whoosh you have a rush of panic. You absolutely cannot leave the country without Lamcôme Juicy Tubes multipack! So this time it was off to Boots where I picked up the contouring kit, L’ Oréal Studio Secrets primer, Lumi Magique primer (you never know), contouring brush and…well, things…
I started by patting my Mac concealer (Mac make up counter, me: can I have a heavy duty concealer, please? Errr, we have full coverage? Yeah, yeah, that one!) on blemishes and and redness around nose.
Then went on the primer. I’ve decided on Lumi Magique for that all over (but very subtle) glow. A little bit of foundation (I use Estée Lauder Double Wear for its staying power) but literally only a dab on and around my nose, forehead and tiny bit of a chin. I wanted to keep the texture looking natural and real (I’m resisting the urge to say raw!).
Then onto the fun bit- the conturing itself. I think nothing describes it better then an expression “balancing exercise” (my favorite one recently). I needed to be careful not to look like a) 80’s throwback b) Kim Kardashian wannabe c) just badly made up.
The kit itself comes with a little instructions how to apply it. One word of caution- the “highlighting” powder actually doesn’t have any highlighter in it so if you are after a luminous glow, you will have to use a separate primer or highlighter, as I did.
I followed the instructions and applied colors in lines first, which made me look like some sort of tribal warrior on the war path. I drew with the light powder an inverted triangle on my forehead, two triangles under my eyes, dab on the chin and down the bridge of my nose. With the darker powder I drew two lines under my cheekbones, sides of my nose (you can also strategically put same around the tip of your nose if you want it to appear smaller), on the jaw line and under the chin. You can also blend some in the sockets of your eyes and towards the temple. Oh, and don’t forget about your neck!
The key word I believe, when it comes to contouring is blending. After you draw the lines you just blend, blend and then blend some more, so there are no harsh lines and everything looks seamless. I made a mistake of drawing the dark lines across the whole face, almost to my mouth. Needless to say, I looked odd.
The second attempt was more successful, the lines sat under my cheekbones in a sort of triangle in the hollow of my cheeks. Once you done you can set it with a mineral powder for staying power.
The End. Oh, and my Clinique Baby Tint color enhancing lip balm in 03 Budding Blossom.
On the photo I’m wearing Isabel Marant for H&M leather pants and Zoe Karssen t-shirt (Selfridges).