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One of the people responsible for the contouring phenomenon that has taken over the world, celebrity makeup artist Rob Scheppy is the genius behind the faces of the Kardashians, Ciara and Becky G. With his mad skills in creating chiseled cheekbones and glowy complexion, Scheppy is also Tweezerman's Brush iQ brand ambassador and has created an eyeshadow palette with Tini Beauty. We caught up with the makeup maven for all his cool makeup tips.
What is your contouring process?
"I do the face and the color that matches the skin tone and I'll go a shade or two darker with the pointed foundation brush to define along and under the cheekbone, around the forehead and the jawline. If you want to sculpt the nose or refine it, go down the sides of the nose. This starts to build depth. Basically, you're popping out features. If you're missing a cheekbone you can kind of fake one in there. If you're doing it yourself in the mirror, you can feel with your hands where your bones are. Typically, I start on the outer side and blend in. A lot of blending, always blend! As if you were coloring in something and you lightly shade something in. It's a light-handed approach. You're not drawing stripes. You want to look natural."
What brushes are you loving right now for contouring?
"I like mini contour brushes. They'll fit in your makeup bag for your purse. I love these for contouring and highlighting. The Tweezerman set comes with a sponge that's great for blending so you don't have sharp lines anywhere. That's kind of my go-to but there's a full range obviously."
How do you feel about bronzers for contouring? How do we know which type of bronzer to use?
"Bronzers come in many textures
and formulas, meaning some of them are matte and some of them have a little
shimmer to them. Typically, when it's matte, it'll make things disappear so you
want a matte bronzer under the bone. But if it's a little shimmery you can
really put it on top and give it a little glow, which will make [the feature]
pop—you don't want to do that where you want to recede; you want to do that
where you want it to pop out. Matte makes things look smaller and shimmer makes
things look bigger and that's where your eyes will lead to. Makeup is about
Do you prefer cream bronzer or powder bronzer?
"I use both. Not at the same time always, but sometimes. If your skin is more dry or a little older, I like cream-based [bronzers] because it will look fresher. But, if you have oily skin or you need makeup to be long-lasting then definitely powders because they're dry and they'll absorb the oil and stay longer. It kind of [depends on] your skin type. Sometimes I do a full look with all the creams and then I set it with all the powders and that kind of gives you that 20-hour day look. Literally, you can wake up at 8 am and put your makeup on and you're still good for the nighttime."