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The Art of Sculpting

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So, after Giselle-like waves and Jlo’s bottom, She Said Beauty are adding sexy supermodel cheekbones to our Christmas list this year. If the latest Victoria Secret catwalk show taught us anything it was that chiselled cheekbones are in this season, (just as much as feather wings and bejewelled bras!). However, us mere mortals who aren’t lucky enough to have been born with those enviable contours will have to let the makeup do the magic. With our handy tips and techniques you will be well-defined in no time.

MAC’s key makeup artist from AW12 London Fashion Week, Andrew Gallimore, tells us how contouring is going to be a prevalent trend this season – “We’ve turned the light around this season – it’s now less about the highlights and more about the depth of a contour, a shaded face that is slightly hollow and haunted but extremely beautiful and not alien.”  The craft of contouring is simple if you just remember these two key rules. Using a shade darker than your skin tone will automatically push an area back whereas when you use a shade lighter than your natural colouring, it will instantly make that area more prominent. And so onto the art of sculpting.

Into the shadows Choose a bronzer or a cream-based product that is a good few shades darker than your skin tone to give you a well defined line. She Said Beauty love MAC Pro Sculpting Creams £17.50 because they are so silky-smooth and neutrally-shaded so ideal for creating a hollow illusion and the hint of a cheekbone. Firstly feel for your cheekbone and then apply your chosen product just under the bone, using small strokes working from your hairline towards the corner of your mouth. MAC‘s 188 small duo fibre face brush £26 is the perfect tool to blend and soften the line out, giving your face subtle definition.

Highlight Now it is time to counterbalance the darkness and add some highlight or shimmer to certain areas, to create the illusion of prominence and fullness. You have the choice of a cream, liquid or powder highlighter but just ensure it is more shimmery than glittery and compliments your skin tone. You can’t go far wrong with Benefit Cosmetics High Beam £18.50  which is tellingly known as ‘the supermodel in a bottle”. Apply the highlighter above your cheekbone, down your nose and above your eyebrows – basically anywhere light hits you naturally. Fingers are best at this stage to help blend the product in seamlessly. And for those looking for the time-saving option will love Shade & Illuminate £55 from Tom Ford, the perfect palette to help define the architecture of your face. With an illuminating and shading cream packaged neatly together, it makes sculpting those cheekbones irresistibly easy.

Colour No makeup look would be complete without a pop of colour, so bring your shadowy look to life with a slick of gloss or a touch of blush. She Said Beauty recommend treating your cheeks to Illamasqua Cream Blush in Promise £18 which will add a natural flush to your face and blend effortlessly into your base.

Do you crave chiselled cheeks? Tweet us @SheSaidBeauty and let us know what your go-to contouring products are?

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