The Idiot’s Guide to Contouring

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  1. Don’t use Bronzer.

    I can’t tell you how many times a client has sat in my chair and asked me if I was going to use bronzer “you know, to like contour a little?”. When contouring, the idea is to create the illusion of a shadow that is created by your bone structure. When you look at shadows in real life (look down at the shadow from your desk chair right now—DO IT!), the color is nuanced slightly grey; using a color that is too WARM will look obvious or worse–dirty. And ultimately, it’s not believable. We want to replicate a shadow so we need something with a slightly COOL tone.

    Products to try:
    Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder finely milled powder designed EXACTLY for this purpose. It currently only exists in the shade “medium” with shades “light” and “deep” slated to launch this spring!
    kevyn aucoin sculpting powder
    Becca Lowlight Sculpting Perfector silky creme that is easy to manipulate and blend for natural to more dramatic and anywhere between.
    becca lowlight sculpting
    RMS Myth Eye Polish – The Creator of the brand, Rose Marie Swift says this is her secret weapon for a un-fussy, natural sculpted look.
    myth eye polish
    – Girlactik Cabo Bronzer We know, we know– we said not to use bronzer. This is the ONLY bronzer we have EVER found that works–because it isn’t warm, and it does not shimmer. Shadows absorb light–they don’t reflect, so it MUST be a matte to work. This one fits the bill, and is affordable.
    cabo

  2. Don’t overdo it.

    Whether or not we realize it, we associate plumpness with youth. It’s the same reason FILLERS are so common–they are used to restore the volume that is lost as we age. It’s also why you’re supposed to apply blush on the apples of the cheeks floating up–it’s accentuating the fattest part of the cheek, tricking everyone into thinking we’re a few years younger! So if you make your cheeks look TOO contoured you look GAUNT, TIRED, AGED… With contouring, subtlety is truly key. Also, although contouring may look GREAT when photographed–realize that unless you’re doing your makeup just for a photo shoot, it will look much more obvious in real life. You want to look effortless–too-thickly applied contour just looks fake and like you’re trying too hard.

  3. Use the right tools.

    If you’re using a powder, choose a brush that has a lot of air between the bristles–this will allow you to gradually add color instead of instantly applying too much and buffing buffing buffing until your arm feels like it’ll fall off. While it may put you on the fast track to have arms like Madonna, who has the time for that? I really like our Facade Angle Blush Brush. Much littler or much denser, and I think you run the risk of looking stripey. If you want a slightly more dramatic look, start with something like this, then layer over it with a slightly smaller denser brush in the part you want to look like the deepest part of the hollow, being careful to blend thoroughly.
    angle blush brush
    If you’re using a cream, honestly, I recommend using your fingers. Clean hands/fingers are a perfectly acceptable tool. I find that the warmth from your hands really helps the product bond effortlessly with the skin resulting in a more natural finished result. You can also use a damp makeup sponge if you prefer, or a dual-fiber brush will work, too!
    dual fiber brush

4. Don’t forget to highlight.

Richard Nixon is famously quoted for saying, “Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain”. The same actually translates to your face–if you want those cheekbones to look sky high, not only do you have to accentuate the hollow (in this case, the valley) but you also have to make the mountain (your cheekbones!) look taller. To create this optical illusion, we need something a smidge paler than your skin tone, and preferably something that reflects light (AKA shimmer).

Products to try:

Becca has the best highlighters on LOCK. Available in a variety of shades and textures, you’re sure to find one that you like! Her Shimmering Skin Perfectors are available in a liquid, pressed (powder), or poured (cream) texture.

RMS living luminizer is made with coconut oil and other moisturizing ingredients that help you to glow from within and offer a subtle reflection, without looking too shimmery.

Kevyn Aucoin Celestial in Starlight or Candlelight or Celestial Liquid Lighting in Starlight or Candlelight are similar to the BECCA SSPs but offer slight color variations

Jouer highlighter  in Champagne is a lovely color for virtually any skin tone. Her clickable compacts are great because you can slide and lock together several favorite shades to create your own custom look.

5. Let YOUR bone structure be your guide.

I want you to touch your face. Right now. Bear with me–this really helps. Feel your own cheek bones— They start up high, right below your temples and angle down connecting just below the base of your nose and above your lips. now feel the nob of your chin, the hollows of your temples–feel your jawline and notice how it’s hollow and doughy just above that edge? When you do your contour, I want you to take your brush and press the product into the hollows BETWEEN your bones. So this means you won’t be contouring on your actual jawbone…it’ll look like a hard line between your foundation and neck anyway… the contour should always be on the UNDERSIDE of your bones to replicate shadow and the highlight is always going to be on the TOP of the bones to reflect light. But EVERYONE’S BONE STRUCTURE IS DIFFERENT. So just because you followed your favorite MUA on Youtube’s makeup tutorial doesn’t mean you’ll get the same result. As long as you feel for your own bone structure, it will always be right.

I personally DO NOT like to highlight the forehead or nose, because I feel like I look oily. If I do want a little extra dimension in those places, I choose a slightly lighter concealer to ever so slightly lighten those areas–but I avoid shimmer.

A great trick for sky-high cheekbones is to contour in your TEMPLES as well as below your cheekbones. By emphasizing the hollows above and below those cheekbones they look even more prominent in juxtaposition.

I also LOVE using highlighter at the tearducts to make the eye look open and bright, just above the cupid’s bow of the lip, occasionally on the nob of the chin for ladies that don’t have a very prominent chin, and on the brow bones to emphasize the arch of the brow.

6. Still intimidated?

Learn from the pros.

Kevyn Aucoin Contour Kit has printed instructions and a variety of creams and powders to play with.

Kevyn Aucoin contour bookcontour guide

Kevyn Aucoin also has a great creamy duo that has his color candlelight with sculpting “medium” in one great compact

sculpting with candlelight

BECCA has a lowlight/ highlight cream compact as well with a touch of each color conveniently paired together.

lowlight highlight perfecting palette

Ultimately, your look is customized to your face shape, skin tone, and the occasion–you can go to town contouring if you’re going to be photographed, and should practice restraint doing your makeup for special occasions where you will be viewed in person. If you need help figuring it out and happen to be near our boutique in Houston, TX call us and schedule a lesson or an update and we can help customize it to YOU!

 

Call us at 713.552.1545 to schedule an appointment.
Please note that we moved from our location in Uptown Park and are now in BLVD Place at the corner of Post Oak and San Felipe.

 

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Summer 2015 Must-Haves

summer beauty haul

We seriously couldn’t imagine a weekend at the beach–or going the entire summer with our staff-picked summer must-haves! Keep bugs away with an elegant fragrance misting A. Aromaflage insect-repelling fragrance– the scent is spiked with citrus, vanilla and sandal-wood! B. Layer fragrance with antioxidant benefits plus vitamins C and D usingNatura Bissé‘s NEW C+C DRY OIL SPF 30! Effortlessly reapply or spray down pouty rugrats and husbands alike! Dry oil moisturizes parched summer skin–It’s also awesome for your hair and scalp! Don’t forget the SPF for your lips! C. Jouer Cosmetics‘ lip sheers (shown here in shade Maui) offer sheer lip color paired with an SPF 15 AND hydrating ingredients! Add a kiss of summer glow with an all-natural, organic, RAW bronzer–buriti cream bronzer from D. rms beauty has a coconut oil base–and it looks awesome on cheeks, lids, AND lips! Application with your finger is oh-so-easy! Make sure summer shadows look un-fussy with E. sheer eye tints from Becca Cosmetics – North America–Available in 5 sheer, neutral shades (shown here in vicuna)–and a water resistant formula that helps them wear for hours! Top it off with your favorite FACADE waterproof eyeliner F (shown here in bombshell) for budgeproof wear all day, and lastly, finish it with Diego Dalla Palma UK waterproof mascara Semipermanente G. These are definitely our top picks for EASY summer beauty!

All of the above-mentioned products are available in our Houston-located store.

1700 Post Oak Blvd
1 BLVD Place, Suite 280
Houston, TX 77056

Please come in to try any of the above products, or call us at 713-552-1545 if you would like to place an order over the phone!

Pot of Gold Beauty Haul!

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Looking for some luck? Make your own! In honor of St. Patrick’s day we have a “pot of gold” beauty haul! Instantly glam up any shadow look with Jouer Cosmetics​ creme mousse shadows in Galaxy (A) or Moonlight (B). apply with a finger or your favorite brush! Gold glam (C) loose shimmer dust from Girlactik Beauty​ can be dusted on cheekbones, lids, or even collarbones for a sexy glow!  for a subtle gleam sans the sparkle try rms beauty​ eye polish in SOLAR (D) plus it’s GREEN (as in eco-friendly) since the brand manufactures completely RAW, organic products! Another fabulous multi-tasker is Beauty For Real​’s Gold rush/After glow combo. fabulous for bronzing and highlighting—use on cheeks, lids, AND lips for a completely gilded look! and last but not least—you’ll feel like you struck gold with Natura Bisse​’s recently re-formulated Essential Shock Intense Cream—formulated with collagen and elastin amino acids to help re-densify the skin adding volume and strength to skin cells. st patricks day gold rush

Bronzed Perfection

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perfect bronzer bronzersFeeling pale and blah from the winter? Warm up with some bronzer in preparation for SPRING! Our Fave Bronzers below: Try Too Faced Cosmetics Sweethearts in Peach Beach (A) to give a sheer shimmering glow to even the fairest of them all. MAI COUTURE smartly has bronzers in convenient purse-ready powder papers (B), For those of us with larger pores try Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless (C) for bronzer that masks imperfections with a little color and an effect similar to a soft focus lens! Love your bronzer sans sparkle or shimmer? Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (D) or Milk Chocolate Soleil are completely matte and satisify sweet cravings with the smell of chocolate! Fans of matte shades will also loveDiego Dalla Palma UK Tanning cake #99 (E)—which is the best-selling bronzer we have for the most natural kiss of color. Those tired of powders should try Becca Cosmetics – North America Bronzing Skin Perfector(F)–a sheer gel that can be layered for intensity, or Natura Bissé‘s Cure Sheer Touch(G)–a firming, moisturizing gel for face and body with bronzer and a touch of DHA for a gradual self-tan! For our tree-hugging beauties, try rms beauty‘s ORGANIC, RAW Buriti bronzer (H)—it’s in a coconut oil base which is nourishing and beneficial for the skin and bonds with it seamlessly for a natural glow. Saving best for last is our current fave–Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Bronzing Veil (I) in Tropical Days (right) and Tropical Nights (left) have a beautiful ombre effect with a highlighting shimmer at the top that gradiates into a gorgeous bronze below. Swirl altogether for a beautiful mid-tone or sweep the bronze tone where you want it, highlighting with the top portion as needed after. And of course, Your bronzer is NOTHING without the perfect brush! Facade Bronze Beauty Brush (J) is big and fluffy –the bristles have a lot of air between them making sheer natural application fool-proof because you will always glaze on just the right amount!

DO NOT TRY TO SCULPT/CONTOUR WITH YOUR BRONZER! Contouring with a contouring powder (Kevyn Aucoin makes one) is best for this because it is not WARM—warm bronzers put under cheekbones can look dirty! Bronzer looks best dusted in a big W accross cheeks and nose where the sun would hit you first! Dust remnants on brush across the hairline and your chin if it is prominent–if you were to go out without sunscreen these are the places you would get pinkest (or tannest) before anything else—Therefor, it is the wisest place to put the most color!

Bronze on, lovelies!

All of the above mentioned products are available in our store in Houston, TX!

Facade
1700 Post Oak Blvd
1 BLVD Place, Suite 280
Houston, TX 77056

Please stop in for assistance with any of the above products or call us at 713-552-1545 to place a phone order!

Best Bronze

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perfect bronzer

bronzersFeeling pale and blah from the winter? Warm up with some bronzer in preparation for SPRING! Our Fave Bronzers below: Try Too Faced Cosmetics Sweethearts in Peach Beach (A) to give a sheer shimmering glow to even the fairest of them all. MAI COUTURE smartly has bronzers in convenient purse-ready powder papers (B), For those of us with larger pores try Too Faced Bronzed & Poreless (C) for bronzer that masks imperfections with a little color and an effect similar to a soft focus lens! Love your bronzer sans sparkle or shimmer? Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (D) or Milk Chocolate Soleil are completely matte and satisify sweet cravings with the smell of chocolate! Fans of matte shades will also love Diego Dalla Palma UK Tanning cake #99 (E)—which is the best-selling bronzer we have for the most natural kiss of color. Those tired of powders should try Becca Cosmetics – North America Bronzing Skin Perfector(F)–a sheer gel that can be layered for intensity, or Natura Bissé’s Cure Sheer Touch(G)–a firming, moisturizing gel for face and body with bronzer and a touch of DHA for a gradual self-tan! For our tree-hugging beauties, try rms beauty‘s ORGANIC, RAW Buriti bronzer (H)—it’s in a coconut oil base which is nourishing and beneficial for the skin and bonds with it seamlessly for a natural glow. Saving best for last is our current fave–Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Bronzing Veil (I) in Tropical Days (right) and Tropical Nights (left) have a beautiful ombre effect with a highlighting shimmer at the top that gradiates into a gorgeous bronze below. Swirl altogether for a beautiful mid-tone or sweep the bronze tone where you want it, highlighting with the top portion as needed after. And of course, Your bronzer is NOTHING without the perfect brush! Facade Bronze Beauty Brush (J) is big and fluffy –the bristles have a lot of air between them making sheer natural application fool-proof because you will always glaze on just the right amount!

DO NOT TRY TO SCULPT/CONTOUR WITH YOUR BRONZER! Contouring with a contouring powder (Kevyn Aucoin makes one) is best for this because it is not WARM—warm bronzers put under cheekbones can look dirty! Bronzer looks best dusted in a big W accross cheeks and nose where the sun would hit you first! Dust remnants on brush across the hairline and your chin if it is prominent–if you were to go out without sunscreen these are the places you would get pinkest (or tannest) before anything else—Therefor, it is the wisest place to put the most color!

Bronze on, lovelies!

If you are interested in any of the above products please stop in our makeup store located  at

1700 Post Oak Blvd
1 BLVD Place, Suite 280
Houston, TX 77056

We are always happy to show you our favorites and the best way to apply them!
Please also feel free to comment below or email kate@facadebeauty.com with any questions!

Get Glowing

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becca shimmering skin perfector glowing skin haulCan’t get enough of the glowy skin trend!? Us either!!! Luckily we have a BUNCH of products to help get you there! (A.) Natura Bissé Cure Sheer Touch— a firming, moisturizing bronzing body makeup with a touch of DHA to build a faux tan gradually with continued use (B.) Girlactik BeautyGlamorous Skin Glow is a lovely cream higlighter–great for cheek bones, collar bones, or anything else you want to gleam! C. rms beauty living luminizer has skin-loving RAW organic ingredients that will help TREAT your skin to help you glow from within while leaving behind a subtle sheen.Becca Cosmetics – North America Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Powder in Opal (D) Rose Gold (E) and Topaz (F) are great for even oilier-skinned girls who want a gleam! Wear alone for subtle glow or over one of the LIQUID Shimmering Skin Perfectors (G) for maximum impact! (Tip: apply before, after, or MIXED with your foundation!) Don’t leave your body out! If you don’t want a buildable tan—just temporary color–try Gleam By Melanie Mills (H.) Body Radiance creams or (I.) powders (the powders are made with crushed pearl! How luxurious! These got their start clinging to the bodies of the beauties on Dancing with the Stars! Another fave brand that offers both powders and liquids is Kevyn Aucoin Beauty! Their celestial powder in starlight (J.) is a brand new hue with just a bit more color than their original shade: candlelight (K.). They also have their liquid version called Celestial liquid lighting in Candlelight (L). This is also beautiful before, after, or mixed with your fave foundation! Treat drier skin with Natura Bisse Cure Sheer Cream (M)— a lovely color-adapting moisturizer with firming benefits and a soft glow. Beauty For Real has a lovely combo illuminating cream called Gold Rush/Afterglow (N.) with colors that can be mixed or used seperately. Girlactik also has a gorgeous pressed powder called Skin Glow available in two shades (O.). Last but not least, we have Too Faced Cosmetics Candlelight pressed powder–infused with a golden fleck to illuminate your face. Glow on, lovelies!

All the above mentioned products can be found at our store located at
1700 Post Oak Blvd
1 BLVD Place, Suite 280
Houston, TX 77056

Please stop in to try any of these products on or for professional assistance in finding shades best suited for you, or call 713-552-1545 with assistance placing a phone orde

Steal Uma Thurman’s “Parisian Chic” Look!

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Uma Thurman Parisian ChicEveryone’s talking about Uma Thurman’s look on the red carpet for NBC’s premier of it’s new mini-series…Steal her “Parisian Chic” look—keep skin looking fresh and dewy (try a tinted moisturizer like Jouer Cosmetics Luminizing Moisture Tint) and make sure brows are filled in with your favorite pencil or gel (Try Too Faced Cosmetics’s bulletproof brows or The Precision Brow Pencil from Kevyn Aucoin Beauty). Finish off with a dusting of a sheer shimmering nude eyeshadow (Try Facade Santolina or Solana eyeshadows) SKIP THE MASCARA AND the EYELINER and go straight for a bold lip! Try Diego Dalla Palma UK Rossorossetto Lipstick #102 for a similar hue—but you can rock this look with any other bold tone like berry, hot pink, orange, etc…

All the above mentioned products can be found at our store located at
1700 Post Oak Blvd
1 BLVD Place, Suite 280
Houston, TX 77056

Please stop in to try any of these products on or for professional assistance in finding shades best suited for you, or call 713-552-1545 with assistance placing a phone order.

In Your Bag…

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in your bag

Keep your on-the-go makeup bag neat and tidy with these smart beauty essentials! Jouer Cosmetics (A) has awesome inter-locking components so you can slide together your favorites from powder to blush or eyeshadow to even LIPGLOSS or MASCARA. Beauty For Real‘s light up lipglosses (B) come with a convenient mirror on the side of the tube and an LED light that turns on with a click of a button on the wand to illuminate your mouth as you apply–perfect for re-applying without waiting in a line to use the ladies! MAI COUTURE (C) has amazing powder papers with BLUSH or BRONZER in them!!! Take your pick of shades and stash in their convenient leather wallets (not pictured)–or just choose 1 color and stash cash or ID on the other side 😉 Kevyn Aucoin Beauty (D) makes an awesome rollerball eyeshadow available in a slew of flattering shades–just roll on, smudge with a finger and voila! You’re instantly fresher. No brushes or tools required. Refresh your skin coverage (and SPF protection!) with Too Faced Cosmetics Tinted Beauty Balm (E) which has a gorgeous iridescense and an SPF 20. Stash it all in your TRUFFLE Small Clarity Clutch (F) shown here in tangerine—so you can see everything easily! It’s also TSA-approved to make security a little less of a hassle!

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Ashley Rovere wedding

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Last weekend Facade Owner, Corinne Williams, accompanied by Senior Staff Artist, Kate Block, went on location to the Houstonian Hotel to do the makeup for Ashley Rovere and her lovely bridesmaids. Facade loves our brides and being enveloped in the fun and anticipation of a wedding—spending time preparing these girls was no exception. Our sweet bride was so excited to be surrounded by her loved ones–and with her magical vision of her wedding reception pulled together by Bahara from Plants ‘n Petals, photographed by Michael Carr Photography, videographed by Elysium, and planned by the capable hands of Ann Whittington (Ann Events) her night was truly ENCHANTING! Watch this beautiful highlights video and enjoy! [Actually wait! Don’t watch it unless you’re wearing your Facade waterproof eyeliner! ;-)]

WE’RE MOVING!!!

new store story boardWe are excited to announce that we will be moving to BLVD place at the corner of San Felipe and Post Oak Boulevard to open on SEPTEMBER 1, 2014! We will likely close our store for about a week beforehand so we can get moved. The above is a sneak peek of our storyboard for some of the colors, fixtures, and finishes we have chosen for the new store!

 

Sorry we have been MIA on the blog for awhile! We have been excited getting ready!