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Contour Part 1: The Heart is Off Limits!

Makeup Gourmet Chris Scott’s  series of how-to video tutorials based on his #1 international best seller
Face with a Heart Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup

The Heart is Off limits

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One of the chief purposes of  Face with a Heart is to isolate eyes and lips to feature them as main attractions.

The first three steps in the Face with a Heart order of application is eyes, skin, then lips.

It is after the first 3 steps is where I say the Heart is off limits (except when using bronzer)

The heart of the face is the area within the red lines.

This ‘heart’ shape (the eyebrows being the top of the heart and then straight lines extending between the outer corner of the eyes and lips being the side of the heart) Is where lies your eyes and lips. This is the heart of the face.

Eyes and lips are your main attractions so we isolate them within a field of neutral skin tone so there are no facial coloring distractions within the ‘heart’ to take focus away from the eyes and lips.

This is a subtle distinction and goes unnoticed unless you train your eye to see it.


Here are some examples from public domain pro print work respecting this distinction:

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Notice how the area inside the dotted line towards the nose is clear of any color/distractions.

Then notice how shading such as contour and blush start just outside this line.

This invisible heartline is the premise for maximizing your eyes and lips as well as face shape.

Think of the invisible heartline as where the face turns the corner. It is just outside the heartline where shading and blush begin to pull the area outside the heartline back and away from the heart of the face.

Here are examples of my clients using the Face with a Heart technique to reduce distractions and enhance attractions.

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All of these clients took a hands-on makeup lesson from me which means they did half of the makeup.

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These images illustrate that regardless of age, ethnicity or desired intensity of makeup, the Face with a Heart method of application translates to every face.

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Most people apply their makeup generally, and they look generally good. Let’s face it, a little mascara brightens up the eyes.

However there are some people who apply their makeup specifically, and although we cannot put our finger on it, they look specifically good.

Face with a Heart is a clear and precise method to apply your makeup specifically. It clarifies all your questions about what goes where and why.

If you want to look specifically good without ever being overdone, Face with a Heart Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup will  show you the way. Along with the book, there are online videos to visualize the application so you too may master your makeup!


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This contour series will feature the following topics.

Part one: The heart is off limits.

Part two: Finding and enhancing your cheekbones.

Part Three: Bronzer and how it applies to contouring.

Part 4: Blush- A happy pill for the face.

Note: This series of video tutorials is organized in a specific order of application. It is not necessary to do every step when you do your makeup but I do suggest you follow the order of the videos and skip the steps that don’t apply to you.

Please let me know if this blog was of value to you and share your own Authentic Beauty Makeup tips in the comments box below. I would love to hear how you get on trying this new method of makeup application – tell me how useful you find the tutorials and how you found the results. You can also use the comments box to tell me what interests and concerns you when it comes to which makeup colors to choose. Please let me know so I can fashion future blogs that are relevant and interesting to you.

Want to know more? My new book, Face with a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup is available on Amazon now.

Chris Scott

14th of July,  2016

CHRIS SCOTT Makeup Gourmet

CHRIS SCOTT, M.A. is the creator of San Francisco-based Makeup Gourmet®. Over his nearly 30-year career, in addition to doing makeup for top models from every corner of the planet, he also had the honor of working for legends like Paul McCartney, US Vice President Al Gore, Shirley Temple Black, Maya Angelou and Olympic Gold medalists Oksana Baiul and Kristi Yamaguchi. He was the creator and host of the TV show ‘Makeup Gourmet’ from 2008 – 2010. He was a leading Chanel Beauté national artist for over two decades, and is also the creator and guest teacher of Fashion Makeup at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He created his unique Makeup Gourmet line to ensure his clients and the public could have access to high-quality, ethically produced, ‘green’ makeup and skincare with a low-carbon footprint. Chris is also the author of Cosmetic Counter Survival Guide: How to Buy the Right Skin Care and Makeup and the international #1 bestseller Face with a Heart: Mastering Authentic Beauty Makeup.

‘The grass is always greener where you water it.’

BOOK: Face with a Heart by Chris Scott

One thought on “Contour Part 1: The Heart is Off Limits!

  1. I always enjoy reading the things you share. I look forward to purchasing your book.

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