“Highlighting” means to accentuate or brighten up your best features, while the definition of “contouring” is to darken, minimize, or diminish the less flattering ones. If you have a small nose, you can highlight it to make it look bigger or by contouring the sides and tip of the nose, you can make it appear smaller. It’s a play on lighting. You are creating depth and shadows where there aren’t any (for example, making cheekbones). With this technique, you can change the shape of someone’s face.
In my profession, I personally contour and highlight my face every single day. But for others, it may be saved for photos or special events. That’s not to say you can’t add a little highlight or bronzer here and there whenever you want. It just takes more time, that’s all.
The next thing you will absolutely need to have is a contour brush. This is a must. I think when you see women with that dark streak across their cheek, it’s because they didn’t use or have the right brushes to properly blend it in. I recently purchased the Lorac Pro Contour Palette which came with their Pro Contour Brush. It’s a great palette and you are getting a pretty good deal by getting the brush to go with it. It even comes with instructions! Once you have your kit and brush, it’s time to get down to business…
First, apply your moisturizer and primer, followed by foundation and setting powder. I always start with contouring first and save the highlighting for last. Either way is okay. I begin by applying the medium shade to the hollow of my cheeks from the corner of my nose to the top of my ear. Then, I go down the sides of my nose, blending as I go. This placement works for almost all face shapes.
Lastly, I dust the dark shade along the jawline, under the chin, and down the center of the neck. Blend upward from the jawline to the cheekbone for square shape faces. If you are wearing a low cut blouse, you can add a contour to the base of your neck and chest. And that’s it for contouring! It’s that simple.
The key is to blend, blend, blend! The other day, I started to walk out the door and my husband noticed that I hadn’t blended my contour well enough and I had to go back and finish blending! It was so funny! I guess he has learned a few things over the years ; )
For us, gatherings are the heart and soul behind The Wild Revival. The sense of community and unity we feel when we bring people together has been so life-giving for us, and it has been so worth our time. Hosting is about so much more than just the food + decor. It’s about creating a space where the walls can come down and people can be heard.
We hope to point you towards creating a relaxed atmosphere centered around connection and heritage rather than perfection and stress. We have truly shared a big piece of our hearts with you in Hosting with Heart and we envision you printing it out and fumbling through the pages as you stand in your kitchen preparing for you next dinner party or get-together.
Hosting with Heart also includes a delicious recipe we’ve made and served to our guests at our gatherings. And don’t even get us started on how beautiful the photos are in the eBook! Go see for yourself! This labor of love means so much to us and we hope it inspires you this holiday season. Follow this link to download your FREE copy today!
Hey, tribe! The holidays are upon us and we’re feeling festive! We are so pumped for December because we have a month FULL of exciting activities, posts, contests, and a gathering lined up for YOU, our readers!
Starting on December 1st, we will be sharing our hearts as we work through Naptime Diaries’ “Make Room” Advent study. Every morning, we will be posting a recap of the daily devotional on our Instagram (@thewildrevival) We would LOVE for you to follow along + join in! You can buy your copy HERE for $22. We pre-ordered ours and it came in the mail this week and WOW!…it is so nice! Make sure to use #TWRAdvent when you share your advent study, photos + thoughts. Join us as we make room for Jesus this Christmas season.
We will be sharing our holiday gift guide during the first week of December. We spent a morning at Target finding great gift ideas, and the best part is — they’re all under $30!
Contests are so fun, right?! Be sure to follow The Wild Revival’s social media pages to get in on the goodies we will be giving away in December!
Our beauty contributor, Allison, will be sharing holiday makeup tutorials to help get you ready for holiday parties and get-togethers. We encourage you to try out her looks and make them your own using #TWRHolidayGlam. Doing that just might enter you into a contest to win some free makeup! 😉 but we can’t give away all of our secrets just yet!
The most exciting announcement of all is… The Wild Revival’s Holiday Gathering! After a month off from hosting, we’re so ready to bring you all together for a little bit of creativity + connection. We’re looking forward to gathering together with our favorite ladies in a cozy, laid-back atmosphere full of festive touches. We’ll be making DIY Christmas ornaments while enjoying live music, complete with a hot chocolate bar + sweets.
You can get your tickets HERE. A portion of each ticket sold will be given to our local Salvation Army Angel Tree program to help provide Christmas presents to children in need this season. Once you register + pay, we’ll send you an e-mail with details and directions to our event location.
This is going to be a lot of fun! Bring yourself (and a friend!) and join us for our holiday gathering! We want to get more women involved in our gatherings.