Shady character

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 October, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 October, 2009, 12:00am

Not everyone loves what they're born with. But you don't have to spend a fortune on painful cosmetic surgery just to get sharper cheekbones or a slimmer face - sometimes all you need is shading technique.

According to Megumi Sekine, a make-up artist with six years of experience who has worked for luxury brands such as Chanel and Tiffany & Co., 'the oval shaped face is considered the perfect face shape and that is what everyone aims to acquire through shading'.

Before you start, you should make sure that the product is the correct colour.

Sekine's advice is to pick a colour that is just a little darker than your skin colour, such as brown or bronze. With the right product picked out, follow this guide to sculpting the ideal face shape.

Those with round faces should shade both sides of the face to make it look slimmer.

Those with square faces should shade all the 'corners' of the face, and both sides of the forehead and the jaw line to round out the face.

Shorten oblong faces by shading the top of the forehead and the tip of the chin.

Those who have what Sekine calls an 'inverted triangular shaped face', wide forehead, pointy chin, should shade both sides of their forehead for a narrowing effect.

Apart from perfecting your face shape, there are also ways to enhance facial features through shading.

If your nose is on the wide and flat side, shade both sides of your nose to make it appear smaller and more three dimensional.

If your face appears chubby and round when you smile, shade both sides of your jaw bone to make your face look slimmer.

Shade across your forehead if you feel that your head is disproportionally big compared with the rest of your body - this helps make your head appear smaller.

Sekine also offers advice on achieving different looks by using coloured blushes.

The 'standard look' is to add a bit of healthy colour to the cheeks and give the face a more three dimensional look. Focusing on the cheekbone, apply a heavier shade of blush near the nose that fades out towards the temple.

The 'girly look' makes your cheeks appear plump and soft. Apply the blush onto your cheekbone like an inverted triangle, with heavier shading at the top, which fades down to below the cheekbone.

The 'sharp look' is perfect for people with round faces as the cheekbones will be enhanced. Apply blush onto the cheekbones a la 'standard look', then shade the area below the cheekbone.