The winter months in NC tend to be pretty mild (minus the occasional snow-pocalypse), so this time of year I tend to enjoy wearing full coverage foundation. It helps even out and protect my dry winter skin. I also get extremely pale in the winter, and though I’ve come to embrace my pale skin, I always like to add a little bit of warm with my contouring. Here I’m going to show you how I contouring using two different foundations, the first being Revlon Colorstay (150 Bluff) and the second being Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam (350 Caramel). Contouring with foundation allows you to steer clear of any powders during the winter, since they can dry out already dry skin and leave your skin feeling irritated. Liquid foundations keep skin moisturized all throughout the day. The airfoam looks more orange in the pictures than it does in real life. I like for my contour to be bronze, not orange, but for some reason the lighting didn’t do it justice.
First I start with a clean, freshly washed face with your hair securely pulled back. Also make sure to wash your hands and make sure your brushes are clean before using them!
I always always always moisturize before I do my foundation, since I have very dry skin and don’t want it to look dry under my makeup. Plus the added moisture helps the foundation spread evenly as well. I swear by Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion.
Next I prime my face with a green tinted primer to help counteract any redness I have. Here I’m using Ulta’s Flawless Prime.
After letting the primer set, I dot a concealer onto any blemishes or problem areas. Right now I’m dealing with some on my chin, partly acne, partly dry winter skin. For blemishes I always use Neutrogena’s Skin Clearing Blemish Concealer. The name speaks for itself.
Now comes the actual foundation. I always shake the Colorstay bottle with a finger covering the opening to catch the makeup and then place that bit of foundation on my cheeks and forehead.
With a stippling brush, I stipple the foundation all over my face, making sure it’s even.
Now is when you have to act fast, because you don’t want the first foundation to fully set up yet, and Colorstay is known to dry quickly (hence the slight blur to the photos). On a contouring brush I put not even a full pump of the Airfoam on the tip. What you see in the picture is what I use on my entire face.
Lightly dot this foundation down you cheekbones and onto your temples and around your hairline on your forehead.
This is where the makeup starts to look orange but I SWEAR it didn’t in person. Anyway, blend blend blend! Blend like you’ve never blended before. It looks harsh in this stage but don’t panic!
Also, don’t forget under your neck. I like to contour my neck just to define my jawline a bit.
Now, when you feel like you can’t blend it out anymore, or that it’s just getting too dark for your liking, it’s time to move back to your stippling brush that you used for the lighter foundation. Start in the middle of your face and start blending out towards the edges. This helps you get that gradient between the foundations and also allows you to buff away any mistakes or any areas that you went overboard with the contour. This always lightens up the contouring (which is great for pale girls like me) and I’m able to get a much more natural and subtle contour.
That’s all there is to it! It takes a bit of practice to get it the way you want. I went ahead and did the rest of my makeup, but I didn’t do anything else to my foundation. So here is the finished look.
I hope this all made sense! And remember, practice makes perfect!