Shading and Highlighting
Shading and Highlighting by Hala Ajam
When using foundation, it is important to remember that its use gpoes far beyond covering the occasional imperfections. Not only can it camouflage skin’s flows, such as discoloration and blemishes but also, when use correctly it can transform the shape of the face. It can be used to add dimension and countour to our features.
One of my specialties as a makeup artist to manipulate the contours of the face through clever shading and highlighting. By doing this, I create an illusion of dimension and structure, and place a greater emphasis on your best features.
To do this, there are two different shade of foundation that are needed: one that is lighter than your skin tone and a darker shade. The lighter tone will enhance certain feautures by highlighting and reflecting lilght from them, while the darker will absorb the light and create a somewhat sunken effect. For example, if you have a fat nose, shadow the length of the bridge using the darker shade. By doing so, you will create a narrowing and defined effect. Another example to create more defined cheekbones, darken underneath the cheekbone area and blend downwards. This will create the desired depth to the area giving the illusion that the cheekbone is produing more that it is.