How I Turned Myself Into A Black Snow White

Little-known fact: The "Con" In Comic Con actually stands for contouring.
Publish date:
July 25, 2013
How-To, makeup, contouring, Comic Con, foundation

Last week, we visited the various ways in which a person can completely, thoroughly mess up their contouring. We laughed, we cried, we ran from our computer screens while screaming in terror. It was a good time had by all.

Putting on my Black Snow White face was much easier the second time around.

I knew from experience what not to do, and studied my own face, other’s faces and Face Forward to see where highlights and shadows naturally fell. It may feel kind of weird when you do it, but there’s no better way to learn about faces than to creepily observe people conducting their daily business.

I armed myself with this shadily-attained knowledge as a stranger-face surveyor, girding myself with it and readying for round two. I would not be bested in this battle of epic proportions.

This time, contouring was going down.


Step 1: Ready Yourself

If you’re going to wear a costume, make sure it’s already on. Nothing sucks more than to spend all of your time making a beautiful costume, and painting your beautiful face, only to accidentally smear product all over everything you’ve worked on.

If you’re going to wear a wig, make sure to put on your extra sexy wig cap before continuing with your makeup, as well.

Step 2: Shroud Yourself In Darkness

I’m using Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in Chestnut on my entire face this time. I found that it’s much easier to see where the highlights and shadows should go when working on a face with less tonal variation.

Step 3: Find The Light Within

“Light within” here being the Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in Warm Walnut. I put it in the same places that I did last time, only with far less reckless excess.

Step 4: Find Even More Light Within, But Not Nearly As Much As Last Time, Please

The amount of highlighter used last time was a terrible mistake. Do not repeat that terrible mistake.

When highlighting this time, I used the Make Up For Ever Camouflage Cream Palette and accentuated my nose, cheekbones, chin and bottom lids. I also used a tiny amount on the top of my upper lip to accentuate my cupid’s bow.

Step 5: Cast Shade On Your Face

Using the same cream palette, I shaded under my cheekbones, my eye sockets on both sides of the bridge of my nose, under my nose, and under my chin.

Step 6: Also Cast Shade On Your Bosoms

If you’re going to be wearing any costume with large amounts of cleavage, the best way to accentuate that for cameras is to add bronzer or dark brown foundation to your cleavage, in wide arcs that bow around your breasts. I don’t have a whole lot going on up top, so this definitely adds to the drama for photographs.

You’re halfway there!

Make sure to blend the edges of the various patches of highlight and shadow on your face.

Use brushes! Or your finger. Truth be told, I used both up until this step and found both to be perfectly useful.

Step 7: Seal Your Victory With The Proper Tools

Taking the Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder, I used the extremely important and non-negotiable kabuki brush to fluff it onto my face. It went on perfect and evenly, and took about three minutes. The same cannot be said for last time.

Caveat: make sure to get your entire face in this step. I under-powdered the highlight on my lip line, and this is what I looked like after talking for five minutes:

This would not be OK if you were to go out on the town, so make sure to powder evenly and completely.

Step 8: Adorn Your Cheeks And Eyes With The Colors Of Battle

Using my similarly important and non-negotiable blush brush, I lightly colored my cheekbones with Sephora Colorful Blush in Fuchsia Flash. On my eyes, I used Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Eyeliner.

I also used Benefit Watt’s Up under my brows, on my cheekbones and on my collarbones.

Step 9: Apply Your Lipstick. You Are Victorious.

Using the same technique as last time, I colored in my top lip with Revlon ColorStay Lipliner in Plum, and filled in my bottom lip with Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire and Ice. I mushed my lips together twice so that the color was a little more even, while keeping the two-toned lip defined and contrasting.

Now, for the big reveal!


And after:

My boss saw these two pictures, and immediately asked if I was dressed up as Snow White. I had succeeded, with gusto.

There you have it! Contouring was much less of a problem this time, but it was a combination of practice and observation that made it easier. Practice makes perfect!