Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Blush and Contouring 101

The next installment of "Makeup Mondays" is up at Alley Kat Vintage--this week's topic is blush and contouring. Check it out and let me know what you think--questions and comments always welcomed!


  1. Great tips Amanda! I'm tickled that my two favourite blushes are also Dita's favourites :D

    It's good that you don't advocate creating cheekbones on round faces. This does not work. Truly round faces, like mine, will never have cheekbones unless augmented surgically. Blusher, blended high and toward the hairline, is best, as you say!

    One question: Do you have any tips for narrowing a jawline with contouring? My round face makes my jaw appear wider than it really is.

  2. Thanks for commenting, Laura!

    I confess that I bought Pink Swoon after hearing it was a favorite of Dita’s—and it is a gorgeous color!

    I liked that the 1946 article I quoted didn’t say that contouring was a must—all face shapes are beautiful and there is no one perfect shape!

    In terms of contouring the jawline, are you referring to creating more definition? For that, lightly dusting your contouring shade of choice just under the jawbone adds nice definition. To narrow the sides, applying that slightly darker shade along “corners” of the jawline will visually taper this area. Contouring is especially great for photography/film, as the camera can read one’s features as wider/flatter/more pronounced than they actually are. (For example, Claudette Colbert’s diamond-shaped face was made to look very wide on film, even though it truly wasn’t. To compensate, Ern Westmore shaded her cheekbones and highlighted the lower corners of her face and temples.) The trick for day wear is to always use a light hand and blend well!

  3. P.S. I'll be taking a look at brow and lip shape by face type in upcoming installments as well :-)

  4. Thanks, that's just what I was looking for. The camera does make my jaw look wider, even more than it appears to the naked eye, so I usually edit my jaw in photos.

    Can't wait for the next installment!