THE BASICS – CONTOURING SUMMER EDITION | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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What’s up friends and famjam.. maybe some that hate me or wish to be me! today we are going to talk about the full art of contouring – as a woman, I bet you didn’t even know with summer around the corner you have the same powers as photoshop to give you the body you always wanted!

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First of all, since we are going step by step lets take it to the face and explain first and hopefully the last time what contouring and highlighting means, Contouring is when you use a matte not shimmery powder, cream, or pencil product that’s two shades darker than your skin tone to shade areas you’d like to define or reshape, like your nose, forehead, chin, and cheekbones.
Highlighting (or strobing) offsets contouring by accentuating areas of your face with light concealer or highlighter. To properly highlight or strobe, use a concealer that’s two shades lighter than your skin tone or a highlighter that flatters your complexion to emphasize the areas of your face that naturally catch the light.

1. The collarbones are so sexy and if you are not born blessed with this beauties, you can easily draw them with the help of your contouring kit. Follow the natural bones and enhance them with makeup.

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If you are not professional for contouring with a brush, here is a little trick that will be a big help for you: find a thin paper in a form of a rectangle that matches the form of your nose, just the way your highlight should be. Place it vertically and start contouring.

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CONTOUR – make sure that your contour is one (1) to (two) shades lighter than you actually are! The contour shade absorbs the light… literally.

HIGHLIGHT – It will bring out the features that, well, you want to accelerate.

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THE CITY – SHOULD YOU SPRAY TAN? | MAKEUPANDTHECITY

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Don’t worry, you already glow and shine, just by wearing your Daily Jocks. But what if you want to deepen and darken that pasty skin of yours, especially when the sun is not at its strongest? Would a spray tan make everything cool, or will it make you look as phony as a three-dollar bill?

It’s not as erotic as it sounds, but spray tanning is a gentle mist that you — or a professional — spray on your skin with an airbrush-type gun. The spray contains an ingredient called Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) that interacts with the chemistry in your skin to turn it tan. It’s considered safe, but it won’t protect you from the sun’s harmful rays.

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The advantages of spray tanning: it’s quick, easy, painless and dries quickly. You really don’t want to bake in the real sun or a tanning bed, do you?

Disadvantages: everybody’s skin chemistry is different, so spray tan results can vary. You may have to experiment a bit with how to get your tan the way you want it. Also, it’s more expensive than most tanning products (as opposed to lying in the sun, which is free). Plus, you have to schlep to the salon every time you are due for a tan (average: every two weeks).

If you decide to go for it, burn these pointers into your mind:

Exfoliate beforehand. Get rid of those dead skin cells that will stand in the way of your glorious spray tan.

Choose a health-minded salon. Check for ventilation fans and signs of good sanitation and hygiene. Make sure you’ll be working with a low-volume, low-pressure machine (LVLP) so that you are not inhaling more spray than your body can handle.

Apply the spray to dry skin. If you spray the tan on wet skin, it will roll right off of you. Always spray dry.

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Also, I am going to assume you’d like to know how long will it last? It actually depends on your DNA and your age. As your cells regenerate, the tan will fade. Usually, the cells of younger people regenerate faster. Your first spray tan, using all the advice above, should give you an idea of how long you can show it off.  The average spray tan lifespan is about two weeks. And there is no maintaining a spray tan with more spray. It’s a one-time job, not welcome to touch-ups or spraying fading spots. Start fresh with your next spray tan.

Don’t forget summer is around the corner!

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