Contouring tips from the pros

Contour tips

Celebrity makeup artist Michelle Clark - whose client roster includes the likes of Steven Tyler and Elle King - recently visited the MAC store in Crocker Park to share her secrets. Joined by local professional makeup artists looking to further their skill sets, she was there to teach the Pro Level Highlight and Contour Technique MAC Master Class. During the class, Clark demonstrated contouring and highlighting techniques while discussing her favorite MAC products and her experiences as a makeup artist.

Here are tips we learned during the class that can hepl you up your contouring game:

  • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize - especially before applying makeup. Even oily skins needs moisture - if you deprive oily skin of hydration, it only becomes more oily.
  • Use primer as a base for highlighting. Focus on applying it to areas where you want to attract light on the skin.
  • There's no one-size-fits-all rule for contouring. In fact, not every face even needs to be contoured. Look at your face closely to see if and where you should apply contouring. If your face is round, for example, you shouldn't contour. Additionally, as a rule, you should never contour your news.
  • Having trouble finding your cheekbone line? Smile with your lips closed to find it.
  • Don't underestimate the power of blending (or lack thereof). The last thing you want is noticeable makeup, or makeup that's visible in phots. Blend, blend, blend.
  • Before you begin applying makeup, think about the end result. That way, you'll have a guideline to follow as you go.

MAC Master Classes are offered to MAC PRO Members and are designed to present the latest trends, products, makeup and techniques. For more information, visit

Wednesday, December 14, 2016