To show us how powder and liquid products work to contour and highlight, MAC Senior makeup artist Victor C and his partner Dana did two separate demonstrations on our gorgeous models, Angela and Christina.
Models Angela and Christina
Tips From The Demonstration
* To get an uber natural, no-makeup look, buff and buff some more. Both Victor and Dana love the #182 Buffer brush to apply skincare, primer and foundation.
* It normally takes 2 hours for makeup to sink in completely so you get that dewy look. Fix + is Victor’s “2 hours in a bottle” and he uses it generously to hydrate the skin, tone down cakiness, set the makeup and freshen the look.
* Concealer is not necessary *gasp* In fact, neither of the artists used any on the models to avoid a “painted” look. They suggest using a lighter foundation under the eyes and setting it with a banana-colored shade like Soft Focus Shaping Powder.
* Want to contour and highlight your cheekbones at the same time? Dip the longer hair of the #168 Large Angled Contour Brush on a highlighting color (try Emphasize Shaping Powder) and the shorter hair on a darker one like Bone Beige Sculpting Powder. Buff the darker color on the cheekbones followed by the lighter color just on top so they blend in together for perfectly sculpted cheekbones.
* To make a flatter nose pop, Victor suggests using a brown eyeshadow on the crease (he loves Soft Brown eyeshadow) and dragging it towards the inner corner right by the nose.
* Too much contouring can result in a theatrical look. Wear a blush to “normalize” the look.
* Give your eyes a lift by applying a highlighting color right beneath the brow bone and through the hair.
For the basics of contouring/highlighting, check out Victor’s tips.