This technique has been used for generations because it works like a charm every time!
Shading using a darker shade foundation will help shadow of conceal imperfections by making features recede into the background.
Accentuate good features by highlighting them, such as high cheekbones. To hide imperfections, shadow negative features such as plump cheeks or a heavy jawline, which help diminish them.
What You'll Need
Foundation Make Up Tip to Conceal Imperfections
Step One – Get your hair off your face by tying it back or by using a head band.
Examine your own face from the front and in the profile view. Touch your brow bones, nose bone, eye sockets, cheekbones, and chin bones with your fingertips to help you understand how they are structured.
Step Two - Decide which features you want to enhance and which features you want to hide.
Step Three – After deciding which features you want to conceal and emphasize, your ready for foundation makeup application.
Apply the slightly darker shade of foundation to the areas you want to conceal or to emphasize shadows, such as a heavy or square jawline.
Apply the slightly lighter shade of foundation on the areas that you want to highlight, such as strong or high cheekbones.
Round cheeks for example, can be disguised by using a slightly darker shade foundation under highlighted cheekbones.
If you have a larger nose, use a darker shade to conceal the sides of your nose and a lighter shade along the top of the nose bone.
Step Four - Apply your base makeup foundation to your entire face and neck, blending into the border lines of the light and dark shades. Check to make sure that your makeup application looks natural and balanced. Blend, blend, blend! Go back over the light and shadowed areas if they need it. Don't forget to lightly cover your neck, underneath and slightly in front of and behind the ears, and on the lids of the eyes.
Step Five - Apply a light dusting of a translucent loose powder. I've used Cover Girl Translucent Powder for many years successfully, but you might also try a luminous loose powder to give more of a youthful, glow!
Play around with shading and highlighting different sections of your face to find out which methods work best for your face shape. There is no 'one size fits all' because everyone's facial structure varies to some extent.
If you're unsure of your face shape, use this facial shape guide.
If you have a hard time keeping makeup in place, use a makeup primer.
Always use a moisturizing facial lotion before foundation application. Allow it to fully absorb into your skin, about ten minutes.
The finished look is a soft, subtle foundation with good features highlighted and emphasized and less desirable one shaded and minimized. Use this make up tip for times when you need flawless foundation perfection! For more targeted help shading and highlighting, see the next page!
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