Before you choose the shape of your forehead...
I did a ton of videos on contouring and the comments I get from my viewers are very interesting.
Younger girls usually say that the contours are barely visible as they are used to amazing transformations they constantly see on social media, whereas older girls send us hearts and kisses saying I changed their lives and how great it is to see me doing sophisticated, Hollywood style makeup.
It must be really hard for the younger generation as they are exposed to retouched and filtered images all the time.
Back in the day, companies got sued for over photoshopping their adverts, whereas nowadays each girl has access to beautifying tools at her fingertips and the amount of unreal beauty we see on Instagram is insane.
Each year models who come in my studio have more and more insecurities and self doubt and there is not much they can do.
Even if one understands the illusion of production and is aware that almost everything nowadays is PHOTOSHOPPED, such an intense exposure to carefully altered images blurs your rational judgement.
But I'm here to stand for natural beauty, supporting one’s individuality, therefore my makeup tutorials will never be teaching you how to change your face.
In fact, if you’re hoping to change your appearance, you’re in the wrong place, because the only one who can help you with that is a plastic surgeon.
This whole community has been built on the idea of being yourself, so I welcome you to stick with us as we love you just the way you are.
So let’s fight against makeup clones and ridiculous makeup trends together.
Most of the time the light touching our face falls from above and it first hits our hair, then forehead and then gradually fades as it travels down the face.
That’s why the best contour is the natural shadow created by your hairstyle.
The right haircut makes a big difference in the appearance of your forehead, therefore I advise you to find an expert who will shape your face by placing strings of hair where they most flatter your looks.
If your hair grows in a direction that completely opens your forehead and there are not many hairstyles you can wear, here are a couple of contouring tips that will help you achieve an illusion of a natural shadow.
If your forehead is exposed at the hairline (this usually happens when the hairs grow towards the back of the head), use a cream contouring product like a dark concealer, foundation or a proper contouring stick, because it is easier to blend it into the hairline.
Powder contours on the other hand will stick to the greasy skin around the hairs and create muddy looking patches or won’t even stick at all.
You can minimise that by washing your scalp with a shampoo for a greasy scalp or by using a more precise brush that will push the contouring powder close to the hairs.
Because you will need to blend the product into the hair with a circling motion, flicking the hairs all around, do your hairstyle AFTER you’ve applied all your makeup.
...and before you choose the shape of your jawline.
Social media is full of corrective contouring makeup techniques that promise an incredible result, but trust me when I say that they only look good on pictures and under certain camera angles.
Transforming your face into who you’re not is pretty much impossible without a plastic surgery, so bear in mind that the magic you see on Instagram is a combination of photography skills, the right lighting and a lot of Photoshop.
Seriously, STOP believing in nonsense you see on the Internet, because you will just end up looking like you have mud on your face like so many other girls do.
Makeup should be about exposing your features and sometimes, just for fun, hiding your flaws, but don’t let that mess with your head.
Stop looking at yourself in the mirror wishing your jawline or nose was different, because there is no other person in the world as beautifully unique as you are.
I’ll soon introduce you to a contouring technique that will add depth to your face, but before I do that, please PROMISE ME you will only use it to have fun with makeup.
Even though I’ll analyse your face technically in terms of symmetrical proportions, that doesn’t mean your appearance should be corrected.
I often ask women what they dislike about their appearance and the features they choose are usually the features that I or my viewers find the most beautiful.
You wouldn’t believe the amount of times a girl who comes in my studio hates her nose or eye shape, whereas that nose or eyes are something my fans would love to have.