Recently I was lucky enough to attend the L’Oreal Paris Beauty Workshop, as part of ProBlogger conference on the Gold Coast. The workshop was a fairly classy affair and we were treated to a glass of fizz and a rather decent goodie bag of product. The workshop itself was presented by Elsa Morgan, the L’Oreal Australian Makeup Director. She was ridiculously gorgeous and skinny and wore very excellent trousers. On top of that, she really knew her stuff and was incredibly (and contagiously) passionate about makeup. I thought you might enjoy this three part series where I give you the insider’s guide to the biggest upcoming makeup trends.
Part 1 – Contouring
What I learnt at the L’Oreal event is that contouring is not just for fashion photography. Or Kim Kardashian. Apparently all women should be contouring?!
What is contouring?
Contouring is the concept of applying bronzer to the hollows of the face and highlighting the high points. The idea is to emphasise the natural face shape but ideally create something closer the perfect face structure (the heart shape). So, for me this doesn’t mean painting in a new bone structure, it’s just about shading some bits and highlighting others and making the most of what you have.
How do you do it?
Let primer set, then massage foundation in with fingers. (I used my Clarins Beauty Flash Balm and the L’Oreal True Match Foundation)
Use dark bronzer on the hollows of your face (I used the dark side of the L’Oreal Glam Bronze Duo)
Apply highlighter to cheekbones, forehead & nose (the light side of the L’Oreal Glam Bronze Duo)
Set with translucent powder.
Elsa’s Top Tips
- Highlight the high points of the face to sharpen these features and create a soft glow
- Natural bronzer should be only one to two shades darker than your skin.