Contouring Guide For The Bride To Be

Today we are delighted to have a chance to share a contouring guide for the bride-to-be. The minute you start planning your wedding, your social calendar starts to fill rapidly with parties and celebrations. We are here to help you look like a celebrity at all of them. Annette O’Brien, one of our leading make-up artists on the West Coast of Ireland has put together a step by step guide on highlighting and contouring that will have all your friends wondering if you have your own personal make-up artist…

We can all thank Kim Kardashion for her highlighting/contouring selfie she posted, which started this craze for you lot! Makeup Artists work this technique on every makeup application whether it is a natural makeup or a night time party look. There are so many tutorials on this at present and I believe you need good judgement & to be able to decide which part of your own face needs contouring.

Contouring Guide For The Bride To Be

Let’s start off with a guide for the beginner –
Start with very little product on clean primed skin.
For contouring & highlighting you can use either foundation or a concealer cream.
I change all the time as it depends on the condition & tone of the skin. Today I am using foundation.

So here I am with the highlighter. For the highlight I use Mac studio fix fluid foundation in NC15, try get one maybe 2/3 shades lighter than your own skin tone. You highlight the highest points on your face.Contouring Guide For The Bride To Be

Using a slim concealer brush I applied the foundation down along the center of my nose (to create the illusion of a slimmer nose), on the centre of my forehead and centre of my chin (this elongates my face).
I also applied the highlighter under my eyes in a V-shape to accentuate my contouring later. This step also helps brighten under the eyes.
Use a little highlight on the side of the jawline to slim down a round face.

Next is the contouring. Again get a foundation or concealer 2/3 shades darker than your own skin. Contouring Guide For The Bride To Be
I applied NW45 with my brush and using light movements work down both sides of the nose first (you don’t have to be too neat as we blend all this later)
Find your cheekbone and directly underneath contour with the foundation. Take the contour right up to your temple.
For the jawline apply it underneath the highlighter as seen on picture.Contouring Guide For The Bride To Be

Now blending time!

Using a blending sponge gently blend the highlighter with the contouring foundation, one side of the face at a time. Use light movements as you don’t want to totally get rid of the highlight & contour work.Contouring Guide For The Bride To Be

Contouring Guide For The Bride To Be

On the cheekbone I blended the contour upwards towards the highlight. Be careful not to disturb the cheekbone line.
On the jawline I blended the contour downwards onto the neck. This creates a shadow on the area.

For the nose I blended the contour line downwards onto my skin and did not touch the highlight.
Next apply your foundation very gently. If you blend the foundation in too much you will loose all your contouring work! The best way is use a larger brush (like the Mac 187 stippling brush) and buff the foundation on.
Blush and eye makeup can be done at this stage also.

And Voliá!


Contouring Guide For The Bride To Be


We hope these tips assist you on your journey to looking your best for all the parties ahead!

As always have a fabulous weekend!

Annette O’Brien

WeddingsOnline – Finalist “Bridal MakeUp Artist in Ireland 2014”

Kerry Fashion Week – Finalist “Fashion Company/Business Person of the year 2014”

Hardy’s Wedding Awards – Finalist “Makeup Artist of the year 2014”

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