Over the weekend, I got a chance to try a pair of Velour Lashes on one of my brides, specifically in the style, “Momma Knows Best.” I would describe this pair of lashes as natural with a more lengthening and defining effect. The outer corners provide extra volume and give these lashes a little more flair than an ordinary pair of false lashes.
Velour Lashes are 100% handmade of silk and come in such a wide assortment of styles. The band is flexible and are solid black which is great as I typically need to apply a thin layer of black eyeliner first along the lash band prior to application. With these false lashes, I can skip that step and proceed to just applying a thin layer of lash glue. They apply with ease and are also comfortable which is always an important factor when purchasing a pair of false eyelashes!
Velour Lashes can be found on their website directly and are also sold exclusively at Sephora.
Facial contouring is a makeup application technique that is used to accentuate the shape of the face by defining the cheekbones (some also like to contour the nose and along the jawline).
As a makeup artist, I find contouring absolutely essential when completing a face as I believe everyone looks more attractive with more prominent cheekbones and a slender, more defined face. These are the main benefits of facial contouring and with just a little bit of makeup, the face can be dramatically enhanced. The photo above captures a before and after of a face without the facial contours followed by a contoured face (added shadows) as seen along the cheeks, nose, jawline, and forehead.
The MAC #138 brush is great for facial contouring
To achieve this look, you would need to create shadows on the face by picking up a contouring powder (or nowadays cream is another makeup medium available). When choosing a specific contouring product for your face, it is important to pick a shade that is about two shades darker than your natural skintone. If you pick a shade that is too light, it will not create a shadow and just blend in with your face. If you pick something too dark, it will create too harsh of a contrast and look extremely unnatural. I typically stick with contouring powders (I think they are more user friendly and also appear more natural looking than blending creams) and like to use a fluffy brush that is tapered to contour the cheeks. Personally, I use the MAC #138 brush.
Aside from choosing the right shade and makeup medium, it is important to get the placement of the product just right to best accentuate your features. In terms of placement, it is important to apply the contouring product right under the cheekbones as this is what will make them stand out more and create that added definition to the face. Blush would then be applied above the contour in the center of the cheeks, and a highlighter would be applied right above the blush on the very top of the cheekbones at the highest point. Finding the right placement might take some practice so I recommend looking at images in magazines (models and celebrities are always contoured to perfection!) and to go to a professional makeup artist to show you the right products to use along with how and where to apply them on your face.