The Raptors Dance Pak is so fortunate to work with such a talented, passionate and inspired team of make-up artists. With a pretty packed home game schedule, these ladies keep us looking our best and are an absolute wealth of knowledge when it comes to anything and everything cosmetic! And what’s even better? They love sharing their tips!
This week, the forever fabulous Jasmine Duffey has an amazing step-by-step tutorial on how to achieve that simple, highlighted, and defined cheek that adds a fresh spring glow to any look!
There isn’t a starlet in tinsel town that doesn’t sport a highly chiseled cheek when walking a red carpet or posing for a photo. To help me demonstrate this how-to I will be using products by Make Up For Ever (who btw are the 2012-2013 Raptors Dance Pak makeup sponsor) and my model will be the gorgeous Steph (Raptors Dance Pak alum).
1) To start, you need to find the hollow of you cheeks to create a contour. You can easily do this by placing your finger on your cheekbone.
… and slowly move your finger down the side of your cheek until you find the natural hollow (found beneath the cheekbone).
2) Using a contour brush and a contour powder (such as Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit Shade 2 and Sculpting Brush), dip the brush into the contour shade and place in the hollow where your upper and lower jaw connect. NOTE: Where you first place coloured product on the skin will always be the darkest point.
3) Blend the contour powder first towards the hairline and then forward following the natural hollow.
NOTE: Contour should be almost unnoticeable and create a gentle definition to the face. Your contour should never look like a line on the side of your face. Make sure to blend well. Also, be careful not to have the contour line extend too far forward. When facing forward in the mirror, imagine a line vertically from the outer corner of your eye down your face. Your contour should never extend past this line.
4) Apply blush along cheekbones with a blush brush (such as Sculpting Blush in Shade 20 using Sculpting Brush), slightly blending into the contour. This will help to ensure a truly softened contour and can add a beautiful flush to skin.
5) To really enhance the look of cheekbones, adding a highlight will make them more prominent and add lift. You can achieve this by using a highlight powder (such as Iridescent Eye Shadow in 126). I prefer to use a smaller stiffer brush to apply highlight so that I have more control over the product placement. I would suggest using a brush like the .
There you have it, a perfectly enhanced cheekbones!
Jasmine Duffey knew as a young girl that makeup would be a prominent part of her life as she continually, to the dismay of her mother, scoured fashion magazines to find her latest inspiration, re-creating the beauty images within. Starting her cosmetic career in a Research and Development laboratory for MAC cosmetics, Jasmine immersed herself in all things colour, texture and finish, mastering the chemistry behind her favourite creative medium. After spending years in a lab coat, Jasmine found herself looking for a more creative expression which brought her to formal makeup artistry education at The School of Makeup Art. From the moment she lifted that first brush to a clients face, her path was set and there was no turning back. Leaving her career in science and diving head first into the world of freelance makeup, Jasmine has worked professionally in television, commercial, fashion and print. Her work can be seen (but is not limited to): Toronto Raptors Dance Pak, the tv show “Love It or List It” on the W Network and HGTV US, the Dove Real Men commercial campaign feat. Wendel Clark, doing makeup demos on The Steven and Chris Show, etc.