Big faces. For people who have em, life is tough. Glasses don't fit property, hats are always far too snug and you noggin just always looks disproportionately large in photos. I am a sad sufferer of such a cause, and although I haven't been able to solve all the problems I mentioned above, I have, slowly but surely, found a way to give my cheeks enough definition that I don't look like Moonface or a big wheel of cheese.
Contouring. For the not so beauty savvy, this might be a new, unfamiliar term. For the beauty lovers, it conjures images of Kim Kardashian and zebra stripes on the side of your head. For Moonfaces, it should conjure images of rainbows and Nutella crepes and endless supplies of carbonara, because it is THAT GOOD. TRANSFORMATIVE. AND EASY. EASY. Like, peasey. I promise.
Provided you use some good prodz and the best toolz. Cos essentially, contouring is just defining and shaping your face, by creating a shadow in the hollow of your cheek. You do this by using a dark product to enhance that shadow and create more sculpture to your face.
|Real Techniques Contouring Brush|
Firstly, you need the right implemented. My favourite is the Real Techniques Contouring Brush. The rounded tip is incredibly forgiving and the duofibre bristles mean you can see how much product you're piling on and adjust your strokes accordingly. I also find these brushes are so, so easy to clean, as opposed to my Simga brushes which I ADORE but take DECADES to dry. If you don't want to invest in a contour-specific brush, you can always use those rando, flat brushes that come with heaps of powders and bronzers. Load it up with prod, line them up along the hollow of your cheek and swipe and blend. Nice.
To chisel, you can use your fave bronzer for a more sun-kissed, chiselled look. My favourite, as I have already blabbed on about, is the Guerlain Teracotta Bronzer in #02. This is the most easy, clever mixture of brown and orange and leaves your skin looked effortlessly bronzed and healthy. I use this when I want to look obviously and radiantly bronzed. Always a winner.
|Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium|
|Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow|
My most recent and perhaps most loved of the bunch is Illamasqua's Cream Pigment in Hollow. I actually don't even know where to begin... OK I DO: this product is so well formulated that it is a mind ferk. I mean, you cannot see it when it is applied but when you apply it to one cheek, it looks so obviously different to the other. This is a similar, perhaps lighter, grey-brown to Kev's, and melts into your chops, making you look 4% more like JLo than you did before. And, like, no one looks like JLo. Apart from Kimmie K. Those women, and their cheekbones, are angels.
Go on, chisel. Chip. Sculpt. No matter what your face looks like, cos we all deserve some definition in our life.