First off, I realized that my nose is an entirely different shape than I like to imagine it is. But what really shocked me was how obvious the line under my chin is–you know, the line that makes you look like you have a double chin(!!!). Not cool. How do I get rid of it? Or make it less obvious?, I asked myself. Was this something that people noticed? Who knows! All I knew is that I had to find a solution ASAP. Of course, I coincidentally came across this shot of Miley for V Magazine which 1. Solves my apparent (but not real!) double chin problem and 2. Shows the beauty of contouring.
While taking a Snapchat video of me singing along to the new 1D song to my best friend the other day (that whole idea is a lot more embarrassing once typed out), I was a bit shocked to see how my face looks while I’m moving, or rather, lip syncing.
Not to say that contouring is new to me. Matter of fact, I do my best to chisel down my cheeks and forehead with a little matte bronzer on the daily. But despite the numerous YouTube videos instructing to contour the jawline, I never really liked the idea. I mean, BRONZER, on the JAWLINE?? That is just asking for your face to look way darker than your neck, an huge makeup no-no by like, everyone in the universe. Clearly, I had the wrong idea. So, just like Miley, I applied some Hoola Bronzer on that stretch of skin right under the mouth and around the chin, and voila! Was it really that simple all that time? I think the key is avoiding the outer corners of the jawbone (unless your contouring-product-of-choice is very similar to your skin tone, or minimally orange-toned), and blending down your neck just a little.
But back to Hoola. This is like the perfect inbetween of a contour shade (ideally a grey toned, matte bronzer) and a bronzer shade (a slightly orange or red toned brown shade, sometimes with shimmer or sparkles– I typically avoid the latter). It’s matte, and the depth of the shade makes me look a ‘healthier’ shade of very fair while defining the shape of my face. All that without looking streaky and orange? I’ll take it!