There are two things that frighten me in this world...
Ok, Ok there are a few things that are a bit scarier, but really though...
Lindsay has left the house without BLENDING the pound of bronzer on her cheeks. There are two things wrong with that. #1, she didn't blend. #2, the bronzer is on her CHEEKS! The angle is so high that there is zero room for blush allowing for zero contouring. It looks like someone took a brown bar of chalk and smeared it along her face. Do NOT make this mistake, and if your friends let you walk around like that, they aren't friends! If you know someone who does this, stop it, STOP IT NOW!! Have the talk, lightly suggest blending, or in a motherly way, blend that smudge out for them upon seeing them. They will appreciate it, and/or get the hint!
Now, home girl #2 looks likes she got punched in both cheeks. DON'T leave your home looking like you got punched in both cheeks! The blush belongs one place, and one place only, the apples of your cheeks! Not from the apples of your cheeks to the beginning of your ears! I REPEAT, do not pull your blush out to the edge of your face. It will turn out like Christina up there, and you will either look like you got punched in both cheeks, or like you love having a big red stripe across your face (aka a crazy person).
As a side note, I love both of these girls, breakdowns and all, but they have so many better looks to attempt to copy ;)
Here's how you can contour properly
1. Blush goes (again) on the apples of your cheeks. Where are those? Smile...you should see one lump that has formed under each eye. If your "lumps" aren't very big just dot a bit of blush on the center of the bulge and blend well.
* Please note, each time I tell you to blend, I mean really blend. I don't want to be able to tell exactly where the blush begins and your natural skin color is, they should become one, gradual, well blended, beautiful, glowy color *
2. Bronzer is what I most often use for contouring. I suck my cheeks in, and swipe a small amount of bronzer into the angle created by sucking my cheeks in. Look at the picture above, make sure your bronzer is at an angle! Remember, we don't want the Christina stripe in brown! I also rub a tiny amount on my temples, and blend into my hairline. Now: blend, blend, blend, EVERYWHERE! I use a small amount at first, and always check with natural light to see if I need a bit more. Natural light will help show you the true color, the one everyone will see when you are out in the world! Use it, it's free and never lies!
3. Illuminator is one of my favorite products! I use this lightly on my T-zone and cupids bow to create more definition to my face. With my face shaped by the shading of bronzer and blush, Illuminator acts as a great contrast. I use illuminator in a powder form, but there are some that come in creams and gels as well.
There you have it! Make sure you are blending ( I can't stress this enough) and these simple directions should help tremendously!