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HOW TO ACHIEVE THE BEST ‘TAN-TOUR ‘ (TANNING CONTOUR)

What are the benefits of contouring and how does makeup contouring differ from tan-touring? I’m often asked these questions, so let me explain…

Let’s start with makeup contouring. Makeup contouring is a way of using makeup to shade, shape and highlight your face. Think of it as painting on a mask that looks real. When makeup contouring hit the press and social media a while ago (in particular, with Kim Kardashian promoting her flawless face), that was when the industry went really contour mad.

However, tan-touring has also always been around – although it’s only more recently that it’s hit the beauty headlines. As a tanning expert, I’ve been shading with the use of tanning since I started as a spray tanner many moons ago. I enhanced my skills after formally learning the art of makeup air-brushing and have used my cumulative knowledge on my clients with great success over the years.

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So, what can you achieve with contouring? You can make the area under the cheeks appear more hollow, whilst creating higher looking cheek bones; the jaw lines can be hidden or more accentuated, whilst the nose area can appear slimmer.

There isn’t a set way to contour… it’s whatever suits your face shape / type. For example, some people may like to highlight the centre of the nose, but that may not suit everyone. My nose is quite slim, so I like to shade the middle and highlight the sides to give a broader look. In a nutshell, different shaped faces and features will require different shading techniques.

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Tip:

- Lighter shades will brighten, accentuate and enlarge
- Darker shades can portray a hollow look with a slimming appearance
(think of black clothing – it’s always more slimming!)

So, makeup contouring or tan-touring? Contouring with faux tan is better in many respects as it gives the longevity that makeup alone can’t deliver, because the tan develops into the skin. Whether you go down the professional route of having your tan airbrushed on and blended in by an expert, or whether you choose the DIY at-home route using your stipple brushes and contour sponges, tan-touring really is the way forward. Waking up in the morning with an already contoured face will halve your make up time, giving you that extra time in bed on these winter mornings!

The face is an all-year-round popular area to tan-tour, whereas the tummy area tends to be more popular in the summer for accentuating the abs. Other popular areas for contouring all-year-round are the arms, legs, décolletage and even the derriere area!

Here are some tips on the must-have tools you should use for your at-home tanning, as well as the tools used by the experts that you can add on for an enhanced effect:

Small size stipple brush MUST-HAVE
Mini size Beauty Blender EXPERT
Medium size beauty blender MUST-HAVE
Oil-free moisturiser EXPERT
Bronzie’s ‘Got Your Back’ tanning mitt MUST-HAVE
Benefit Cosmetics Pore-fessional EXPERT
Fake Tan MUST-HAVE
Gradual face tan OPTIONAL

With regard to the best products for your skin:

- If you have oily skin, go for a mousse as it has a drying effect
- If you have dry skin, go for a liquid base or a cream based product
- If you have normal skin type, go for whatever your favourite consistency is
- If you have combination skin – mix it up, e.g. if you have an oily forehead, use a mousse in that area etc
- If you have dry cheeks, go for a cream or a liquid base/cream base tan

I look forward to advising you further on how to achieve the perfect tan-tour… so do please keep checking in to pick up more tips.

Oh, and don’t forget to hashtag #AskTheTanExpert for any questions and I’ll respond to them as quickly as I can! x

HOW TO ACHIEVE THE BEST ‘TAN-TOUR ‘ (TANNING CONTOUR)

What are the benefits of contouring and how does makeup contouring differ from tan-touring? I’m often asked these questions, so let me explain…

Let’s start with makeup contouring. Makeup contouring is a way of using makeup to shade, shape and highlight your face. Think of it as painting on a mask that looks real. When makeup contouring hit the press and social media a while ago (in particular, with Kim Kardashian promoting her flawless face), that was when the industry went really contour mad.

However, tan-touring has also always been around – although it’s only more recently that it’s hit the beauty headlines. As a tanning expert, I’ve been shading with the use of tanning since I started as a spray tanner many moons ago. I enhanced my skills after formally learning the art of makeup air-brushing and have used my cumulative knowledge on my clients with great success over the years.

contour-1

So, what can you achieve with contouring? You can make the area under the cheeks appear more hollow, whilst creating higher looking cheek bones; the jaw lines can be hidden or more accentuated, whilst the nose area can appear slimmer.

There isn’t a set way to contour… it’s whatever suits your face shape / type. For example, some people may like to highlight the centre of the nose, but that may not suit everyone. My nose is quite slim, so I like to shade the middle and highlight the sides to give a broader look. In a nutshell, different shaped faces and features will require different shading techniques.

screen-shot-2016-11-03-at-10-11-37

Tip:

– Lighter shades will brighten, accentuate and enlarge
– Darker shades can portray a hollow look with a slimming appearance
(think of black clothing – it’s always more slimming!)

So, makeup contouring or tan-touring? Contouring with faux tan is better in many respects as it gives the longevity that makeup alone can’t deliver, because the tan develops into the skin. Whether you go down the professional route of having your tan airbrushed on and blended in by an expert, or whether you choose the DIY at-home route using your stipple brushes and contour sponges, tan-touring really is the way forward. Waking up in the morning with an already contoured face will halve your make up time, giving you that extra time in bed on these winter mornings!

The face is an all-year-round popular area to tan-tour, whereas the tummy area tends to be more popular in the summer for accentuating the abs. Other popular areas for contouring all-year-round are the arms, legs, décolletage and even the derriere area!

Here are some tips on the must-have tools you should use for your at-home tanning, as well as the tools used by the experts that you can add on for an enhanced effect:

Small size stipple brush MUST-HAVE
Mini size Beauty Blender EXPERT
Medium size beauty blender MUST-HAVE
Oil-free moisturiser EXPERT
Bronzie’s ‘Got Your Back’ tanning mitt MUST-HAVE
Benefit Cosmetics Pore-fessional EXPERT
Fake Tan MUST-HAVE
Gradual face tan OPTIONAL

With regard to the best products for your skin:

– If you have oily skin, go for a mousse as it has a drying effect
– If you have dry skin, go for a liquid base or a cream based product
– If you have normal skin type, go for whatever your favourite consistency is
– If you have combination skin – mix it up, e.g. if you have an oily forehead, use a mousse in that area etc
– If you have dry cheeks, go for a cream or a liquid base/cream base tan

I look forward to advising you further on how to achieve the perfect tan-tour… so do please keep checking in to pick up more tips.

Oh, and don’t forget to hashtag #AskTheTanExpert for any questions and I’ll respond to them as quickly as I can! x

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