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“Sculpting” the face with makeup is a daunting challenge for makeup beginners. Most of them think that they need advanced techniques and special tools.

According to a top freelance professional makeup artist in Dubai, newbies should not feel intimidated in attempting a sculpted look because perfecting it is all about putting in the work and getting enough practice. But, more importantly, the right techniques are honed by starting off with a mastery of the makeup basics or fundamentals.

That being said, even if you are new at makeup, there is no doubt that you can create a sculpted face. As you do it more often, the results will improve and, eventually, you will reach a skill level that will allow you to even completely alter the look for your features — just like what makeup artists accomplished with Angelina Jolie’s face in the movie “Maleficent.”

So, are you ready to give it a try? To help you with your freshman effort, here are seven tried and true makeup tricks for creating a sculpted face:

1. Always start with a matte canvas.

Use a full coverage matte foundation to create the perfect canvas. You want to look flawless before you proceed to the actual sculpting of your features.

2. Use a contour and highlight palette.

This is the most important product to use when you wish to clearly define the hollows and high points of your face. If you want to properly locate where the ups and downs of your face are, set an adjustable mirror slightly lower than your face, tilt your head back and you will easily see the deep and high sections of your face.

Apply contour powder on the deep points of the canvas using a fluffy brush. It’s better to use a fluffy brush to slowly build up color instead of blending for a long time to diminish color intensity.

Also, do not be afraid to “extend out” the application of your contour powder. Like for the eyes, sweep the color beyond the brow bone and well onto your temples. This is absolutely fine for you can easily wipe the excess off using a makeup wipe and create a precise cut.

When you need an even more intense definition, use a smaller and denser brush to apply a darker contour powder. This will clearly enhance the shape of your eyes. The same principle can be applied to contouring the cheekbones and jawline.

3. Buff out the edges for a more natural-looking sculpted face.

If you want to look naturally sculpted, you need to diffuse the sharp lines. For this, you have to use a clean fluffy brush that will soften the edges and create a nice gradient effect, while also getting rid of excess product.

4. Use a bone-colored eye shadow to make the eye contour pop.

To further define the shape of your eyes, use a light-colored eye shadow below the eye contour using a flat concealer brush. Bone hues are perfect because they’re neutral and close to the original color of your eyelids. They make the best highlight for the lids whether you are warm or cool toned.

5. Tight-line your eyes.

Use thin strokes to apply eyeliner as close to your lashes as possible. You want to darken that area so your eye shape stands out and you create the illusion of thicker lashes. To make your tight-line look more natural, smudge your eyeliner using your finger or a soft and clean angled eyeliner brush, and connect it to the edge of your eye contour makeup.

To provide even more definition to the shape of your eyes, curl your lashes and apply a generous amount of mascara.

6. Brighten the under eyes with concealer.

Use a brightening concealer to address discoloration under the eyes and also to make the tops of your cheekbones pop. Set the concealer with a translucent finishing powder.

7. For the rest of the face, bronze first before contouring and highlighting.

Bronzing first helps you create healthy glow for your skin. Sweep bronzer on the outside perimeters of your face with a face brush. Follow it up with a deeper contour powder for the hollows of the cheeks and the jawline using a big angled brush. Contour the sides of the nose with a blunt cut brow bone brush before softening the lines with a small blending brush. Apply a bit of blush for a nice flush on the cheeks and then do the number 3-shaped highlight.

The 3-shaped highlight sweeps highlight powder from the arch of the brows down to the highest point of the browbone, the temples and then the top of the cheekbones using a fluffy tulip shaped brush. Apply a bit of highlight on the bridge and tip of the nose as well, the cupid’s bow and, finally, the chin.

Additional Tip: For a sexy pout, apply contour powder on your philtrum using a little pencil brush to make it look deeper.


Try your hand at “sculpting”

These are all you need to do for a beautifully sculpted face. None of these tricks is particularly hard, so follow them all anytime you need to glam up.

If you want to learn even more techniques to create a sculpted face, sign up for a professional makeup artist course. Through such a program, you’ll transform from a makeup newbie into a creative pro in no time.



Toni Malt is the Middle East’s leading international editorial makeup artist and the woman behind the highly anticipated Toni Malt Makeup Academy in the heart of Dubai, now training the next generation of key makeup artists. From minimalistic looks to freestyle artistic creations, Toni’s creative work has been published in top international fashion magazines around the world including VOGUE, ELLE, L’Officiel, Marie Claire, Harper’s BAZAAR, Grazia and Cosmopolitan.



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