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Elevated Look Part 1: Skin Prep & Contouring

Posted on June 17 2021

Elevated Look Part 1: Skin Prep & Contouring

We’re excited to share the latest makeup tutorial: the Elevated Look by Antonym. This makeup is classy and elegant without calling attention to itself. It's a look you can re-create using multi-purpose Antonym products. It's a great look for every day or a special occasion. Our makeup artists Malinda Ballesteros, breaks down the process:

The elevated makeup look is all about the skin. I started with the Antonym Skin Esteem foundation in the color Nude and worked the product in an even layer all over my skin using the #4 Foundation Brush. Nude matches my skin perfectly even though it looks a bit lighter in the bottle, but once I apply it to my skin it oxidizes and blends beautifully. The Skin Esteem Foundation is a great combo of a lightweight product with great pigment payoff. With just a small bit of product you can get great coverage that evens out your skin and provides a wonderful smooth canvas for the remaining makeup.

After the skin, I groomed and filled in my brows using the Antonym Eyebrow Pencil in Medium Brown. I used the spoolie on the back of the pencil to brush my brows out and up so the hairs are all going in the same direction. Starting at the front of my brow, I lightly filled in my brows and added fullness with light short strokes to create the look of individual hairs. These pencils are pigmented so use a gentle touch and you’ll be able to create a full structured brow.

To set my liquid foundation and add another layer of coverage to my skin I used the Antonym Baked Foundation in the color Medium Beige. Using the Antonym #2 Blush Brush to pick up a swirl of powder, I gently buffed it onto my skin. Because the powder starts out as a creme, which is then baked into a powder, it has a light creaminess to it which makes the skin look luminous and even.

As the third face prep step, I contoured my face using the Antonym Baked Foundation in the color Dark. Using the #3 Contour Brush I applied this color to the top of my forehead, my temples, the hollow area right below my cheek bone and my jawline. This color creates a shadow which gives my face a beautiful shape.

The final step was prep of the eyes. Using the #18 Medium Long Eye Shader Brush I used the Baked Foundation in the color Dark as an eyeshadow and to contour my eyes. I applied the color all over my lid and in my socket line. Then using the flat side of the brush I gently blended the color over the crease to my outer eye creating a more elongated shape. I also blend the Dark color under my lower lash line.

Now that my face prep is finished, my face is ready for the addition of color. Stay tuned for Part 2. of the Elevated Makeup look.

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