I thought it would be fun today to talk a bit about DIY’ing our faces! I have done a makeup tutorial in the past, but honestly I’ve been in a makeup rut for a very long time. I am 38 years old, and I’ve been applying my makeup the same way since my early 20′s. To get out of this rut, I began visiting several beauty blogs and reading up on some new ways to apply makeup. One blog that I found on Pinterest awhile back and have really been enjoying is Maskcara. Cara is a makeup artist and is drop-dead gorgeous. Her videos are easy to follow, and she’s fun to watch. I watched her Highlighting and Countering tutorial this week and loved the tips.
But do these tutorials work on “real” (cough…and much older) people? Well, you can see below my before and after pictures. In the befores, I have eye makeup on and nothing else. In the afters, I have followed Cara’s contouring and highlighting tips and it made a big difference. Granted, just applying any foundation, blush, and lip gloss would have made a difference to my appearance, but there are some subtle things that highlighting and contouring does to your face. I tried to thin my nose, reduce my “jowls”, brighten my cheekbones, and reduce my dark circles. You can see that my chin is more prominent in my afters and my nose tip is a bit less “bulby” looking. I need more practice at it for sure, but I’m liking the results!
Hop on over to MaskCara to see her video tutorial and to check out her before and after photos. (There are also some GREAT movie star before and afters that show how transformative this technique can be.) Have you tried highlighting and contouring before? What do you think?