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The Golden Rules of Contouring and Highlighting

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Contouring and Highlighting

Very few people are blessed with a chiseled jaw-line and naturally highlighted cheek-bones. So what should the others do? Resent those who have a sculpted face? No, learn the art of contouring and highlighting!

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With the help of the right products and more importantly, right tools and skills, you too can enhance your features. But let’s be honest, contouring and highlighting is not a child’s play. It can take years to master the technique and to discover the right products that flawlessly match your skin tone. Here are a few pointers that’ll help you in understanding the nuances of contouring and highlighting –

  • Picking the Right Highlighters and Shading Creams – Just discover that one perfect shading cream or powder and its complementary highlighter, instead of piling your makeup box with several different shades.
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Use your hands to apply the shading cream in order to get a more natural look. If you prefer shading powder, you need to get highlighting powder to go with it. Avoid the combination of cream and powder.

  • What’s Your Face Structure? – The rules of highlighting and contouring are different for different face structures. If you have a round face, contour under the cheekbones so that your jaw will appear to be sharper and if you have a narrow face, shade the top of the forehead and a little around the chin.
  • Understand your Skin Type – If your makeup stands out a little too distinctively against your skin, it’ll look bad. Your contouring cream needs to be just a shade darker than your complexion. Stay away from creams that come in shades of orange or maroon. Your highlighter should match your natural skin tone but it can have a hint of glitter, if you want.
  • Picking the Right Brushes – If you are working with powder based products, you must have the right applicators.
Angled Brush
Angled brushes with synthetic bristles give the best contouring results since they really let you control the placement of the product on your skin.
  • Areas to Shade – For defined cheekbones, suck in your cheeks and then apply shade above and below the hollow area. Stop an inch above the corner of your mouth and then blend the shading cream/powder properly. In order to get a slimmer nose, apply shading cream in the form of two lines, starting from the brows.
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  • Areas to Highlight – Highlighting should never be overdone or you’ll end up looking like a plastic doll and not in a good way! Dab just a little highlighter up and down the cheekbones and on your brow bones. Tap a little on the tip of your nose as well and that should be enough.
  • Blending is an Art! – No matter how beautifully you’ve applied the shades and the highlights, if you haven’t blended them properly, they won’t look natural.
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If you think you’ve applied extra makeup, blend with the help of sponges. If you’ve used powder based products, use a fluffy brush for blending.
  • Apply the Blusher – If you have fair skin, use shades like pink and apricot and if you have dark skin, use soft plum or peach. Apply blush on the apple of your cheeks for a natural look.

Will you give face contouring a try? For more tips from the pros, check out the sources below too!

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Vlogger Maddie Bruce recommends top make-up brushes!

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At Nanshy myself and the team are always excited when we hear back from you, our customers. Your opinion matters to us, which is why we are always excited to hear what you think about our products.

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Maddie Bruce
Maddie Bruce

So when we heard that Maddie Bruce had posted a vlog featuring our brushes we couldn’t wait to see it, and after watching it we were ecstatic with Maddie’s comments, which is why we decided to offer her subscribers 10% off at Nanshy.

Maddie is a fantastic beauty vlogger, and we felt honoured to be featured in one of her ever popular videos, you can watch it here to hear Maddie’s advice on make-up brushes and see what she had to say about her Nanshy brushes:

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Maddie regularly uploads lots of helpful beauty focussed vlogs which you might find helpful!

Have you got anything to say about the Nanshy brushes? It’s great to share your experiences with others and we all know how much reviews and advice helps when it comes to making purchase decisions.

Get in touch and let us know how you got on with your Nanshy brushes, simply leave a comment, tweet us or email us your thoughts!

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25 beautiful looks crafted by Makeup Artists from Instagram

25 looks makeup artists

If you are looking for some makeup inspirations, we have collected some of the ones we like.
There is only few we have picked  out of hundreds available. Enjoy!


1. Parisienne chic look by barriegmakeup. He possibly used his set of Nanshy Brushes

2. Eye Of The Day by mdotmakeup

3. frootibeauty got round to doing a quick EOTD. Safiyah hopes you will enjoy it. We sure did!

4. Lovely eye makeup tutorial by Jenny Mañé of makeupbyjenny

5. Nicole Harris with mua dannydefreitas – Danny is using Nanshy Brushes:)

6. This mix of green, red and white is just gorgeous. Do you agree? makeupbysafia did a great job.

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Full details on yesterday's look I posted I used all @opvhair brushes to do this look I am obsessed with them they're amazing! Eyebrows are @anastasiabeverlyhills Dipbrow pomade in dark brown. To clean them up I used @anastasiabeverlyhills pro pencil in base 1. On the lids I used @nyxcosmetics jumbo eye pencil in milk for the white. The green on outer lid is @inglotcambridge 135r freedom system rainbow eyeshadow (the darkest shade). The red is Tahitian red pressed eyeshadow by @motivescosmetics and on the cut crease I used 'smoke' blended out with 'natural' and used 'Ivory' on the brow bone. I also added a little bit of moss from the @motivescosmetics my beauty weapon palette on the cut crease and blended. Use my referall code 'SAFIALOVEMOTIVES' to qualify for free shipping when ordering your @motivescosmetics. Liner is @illamasqua precision gel liner. Lashes were topped with @motivescosmetics for @lala volumizung and lengthening mascara (my fav). Lashes are ntr05 from @eyemimocosnetics who are having an amazing localised beauty and tea party giveaway so if your in the San Francisco Bay area head to their page for full giveaway details!

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7. Hollywood glam vibes by abigail_clarke

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Hollywood glam vibes ???

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8.  Stunning eyes by __ayx

9. Lara Stone for Vouge Paris. Makeup by aarondemey1

10. Barbie doll by Sanna of lookamillion

11.  What you think of the new look of Nicole Richie by beau_nelson

12. Anja Rubik looking lovely in this makeup by gucciwestman

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@anja_rubik @anderssonalma #redlippyproject ???

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13. Great work by jameskaliardos for Dolce Gabbana Beauty

14. Amazing blend of colours by jeaninelobell

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15. Fashion model Joan Smalls beautiful makeup by lisaeldridgemakeup

16. Metallic eyes for China Vogue by lisahoughton

17. aichrista can create a beautiful looking eyes with help of Nanshy brushes.

18. Coral nude look by victoriadashmua

19. Katerina SMUTOK by gossmakeupartist

20. Orange Eyeshadow Makeup by charlottewillermakeup

21. Ali Larter is looking stunning in this makeup by hungvanngo

22. Puerto Rican fashion model Joan Smalls with makeup by sjblife (Beyoncé’s makeup artist)

23. Less is more by lotstar

24. midnight blue and teal eyes by patmcgrathreal

25. Youtube beauty guru Maya makeupbymaya presenting this makeup tutorial

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New #tutorial soon my Beauties ?? #makeup #makeupartist

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Which one do you like? Let us know in comments below. Have you found something interesting and would like to share with us? Post a link in comments.

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British Makeup Artist Maria Bradley has surprised us with these photos

Maria Bradley(@MariaBradleyMUA) has taken these photos during her photo-shoot with a model. She was kind enough to send to us to be featured on our blog and social account. Maria is an experienced, international, professional self thought freelance makeup and special effect artist. To find out more you can visit her website here

Do you have any photos featuring Nanshy brushes? Would you like us to feature them for you? Comment below and we’ll be in touch.

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Fall 2014 Makeup Trends in 3 Simple Steps

fall 2014 makeup trends

The summer is coming to a close and that means it’s time to get prepped and ready for all of the fall trends that have been rolling out on the runway. Here at Nanshy, we are gearing up for the fall season by curating the perfect runway-ready looks for you to sport in fall 2014 so keep an eye out for more fabulous looks. Silver and gray shades are making a huge splash in the makeup world this fall, so here are some of our best tips for wearing this muted hue:

Play with Metallics this Fall 2014 Makeup Trends

Metallics aren’t always the best option as they can be a bit flashy and super messy if you don’t apply them properly, but if you put in a little practice you will be a pro at applying shimmery shades in no time. Be sure to use a long-lasting makeup primer prior to applying metallic makeup and press a tissue below your eye while applying it to catch any fall out. If you have fine lines, you may want to skip the metallic silvers as these will only draw further attention to those areas. Instead, try out a new matte gray shade.

Match Your Nail Polish and Eye Shadow.


fall 2014 makeup trendsSilver and gray polishes are making a major comeback this season so grab your favorite gray or silver shadow and pick up a polish to match. Remember, to have fun with metallic and holographic polishes to add a little flare to the more neutral attire you see during fall months.You can even grab a mineral eyeshadow and mix a pinch of it in clear polish to create the perfect match for your shadow.

Step Outside of the Box.

For those of you who make very little change between seasons, it’s time to challenge yourself to try something you wouldn’t normally do. For instance, skip the dark black liner along your waterline and instead opt for a light shimmery silver pencil to really brighten up your peepers. You can still use a darker shade around your lashes to thicken and darken that area, but this year it’s time for a change.

What do you think about our Fall 2014 Makeup Trends? Please share your comments below.