Your Face (Only Better) – Make Up Basics

Over the last couple of years, contouring has taken the world of make up by storm. I’m not really a big fan of contouring (personally) though, plus I don’t have the time or energy with my two little people being forever present (I’m not hating on it either, it’s an actual make up art skill, used to define and enhance facial features and bone structure which has been around for decades – we are talking way back when black and white t.v was around, because that’s when contouring was actually born). I just think unless you’re up for a photo shoot (or your own wedding or major event) in front of lights and cameras, you really don’t need to be heavily contouring your face everyday. There are other less complicated and quicker ways of defining your features and slimming your face.

All you need is a matte bronzer and a medium sized fluffy face brush that you feel comfortable with. My all-time favourite bronzer for sculpting and contouring is definitely the Hoola Matte Bronzer by Benefit Cosmetics (the brush that comes with it is pretty much the perfect brush too) also, the plus side to this bronzer is that it suits almost every skin tone!

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The next step is knowing your face shape and where to apply your bronzer to get your desired outcome. Try and do this in natural lighting and make sure you blend well so that you don’t end up with uneven patches all over your face when you step outside. A good tip is to begin with a light layer and build up/intensify where needed.


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You can use the above image as a guideline to determine your face shape and get the most out of your bronzer application. Once you’ve sculpted, you can apply your favourite highlighter to the high points of your face (bridge of nose, top of cheekbones, brow bone) to really make an impact.

It’s really not difficult at all to enhance your features and natural beauty, I just feel that all these videos and pictures online about drawing lines all over your face then blending them out and powdering in place etc. etc. etc. can all seem so complicated and daunting! But that doesn’t have to be the case. Simple techniques are just as effective!

As Francois Nars once said, “Don’t be so serious, it’s only make-up”.


Stay beautiful, be you.


Love, Taslima x





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