Various companies have perfected shading or contouring powders. These brush on easily with a blush brush and are almost fool proof. If the shading is applied too heavy, you can minimize it with a little translucent powder.
I always hear about “shading” and “contouring” but what exactly are they used for?
Most make-up artists use shading or contouring to minimize fullness under the jaw area, emphasize the cheek bones, or give the appearance of narrowing the width of the nose.
Shading contains the gray-brown which appears in naturally occurring shadows. Shading is applied under the cheekbone to define and enhance the cheekbone by creating a shadow beneath it. To thin and define the nose, shading was placed from the beginning of the eyebrow along the upper sides of the nose and around the nose tip. After application of the shading color, the sponge is used to blend and soften the application.
Additional defining and correction were accomplished by the use of a Yellow Highlight mixed with a small amount of a Olive Beige foundation. The mixing of the Base with the Highlighter creates a custom highlighting color that is base-one related. The highlighter was used on the cheekbone, bridge of the nose, and other areas (such as above the eyebrow and nasolabial fold) where natural shadows caused by shallow facial depressions and folds interfere with the smooth, youthful, continuity of the face. After the application, the highlights were blended with the sponge, and the excess was removed using the back of the sponge. Orange Highlight 1 was chosen for use under the eyes to raise the depression and neutralize the blueness. It was blended and softened with the sponge.
A Peach Dry Blush can be applied to the top of the cheekbone as a highlight accent. On the underside of the cheekbone, a Midnight Copper Dry Blush can be used to shadow and add color to the cheeks.