You've probably seen 3D makeup on the red carpet and didn't even know it. We tell you what its features are and how to repeat it

You may have seen the 3D makeup technique many times. It is often used by celebrity makeup artists when preparing their clients for red carpet appearances at festivals and awards. No wonder: thanks to this technique, the oval of the face in the photo seems clearer, and the facial features are chiseled. Let's tell you what the essence of such makeup is and how you can do it yourself.

3D makeup - what is it?

In short, this make-up can be called an accentuated version of the usual makeup with contouring.

As for the technique of applying funds, everything is exactly the same as with contouring: on areas that you want to emphasize, you need to apply a highlighter, and on those that you want to hide, a dark sculptor. Only in the case of 3D makeup, the products are applied in a much denser layer in order to visually “sculpt” new facial contours. With the help of these techniques, you can practically recreate the cheekbones, the contours of the nose and chin, without resorting to plastic surgery. For every day, such makeup is definitely not suitable, but if you want to look perfect at an important event, then this technique can be safely adopted.


How to make 3D makeup: step by step instructions

You will need:

  • Stay Naked Foundation by Urban Decay,

  • Infaillible Concealer by L'Oréal Paris,

  • Maybelline New York Fit Me Mattifying Powder,

  • High Definition Blush in Taupe by NYX Professional Makeup,

  • Maybelline New York Fit Me blush,

  • Maybelline New York The City Mini eyeshadow palette,

  • Maybelline New York Brow Pomade,

  • Brow Drama mascara by Maybelline New York,

  • Maylline New York Superstay Ink Crayon matte lipstick.

Due to the thoughtful play of light and shadow, 3D makeup makes facial features more expressive. For a photo shoot and special occasions, the 3D makeup technique is indispensable. Take it into service for evening looks. Step-by-step instructions to help you.

  1. 1

    Sweep Urban Decay's Stay Naked Foundation to match your skin tone.

    At this stage, you create a "blank canvas" - after equalizing the tone, the face will look flat.

  2. 2

    In order for the concealer not only to hide imperfections, but also to help in sculpting, it should be half a tone lighter than the color of the foundation. Apply Infaillible by L'Oréal Paris, painting over the conditional triangle under the eyes, starting from the inner corner of the eye and the wings of the nose.

    By highlighting this area, the look will become more rested and fresh.

  3. 3

    Also light concealer can be applied to the protruding part of the cheekbones and bridge of the nose. This will eliminate the need for a special light sculptor. It is usually much thicker than concealer, which can make makeup look heavier.

  4. 4

    Set cream textures with powder. In this case, it is better to give preference to matting powder, as it will hide the natural volumes and the sculpting will look more natural. Powder with reflective particles, on the contrary, can emphasize those protruding parts that you want to hide.

  5. 5

    Use the sculptor to darken the area under the cheekbones. At this stage, it is important to blend the product so as to create a penumbra. Choose a medium size brush.

  6. 6

    Then, with a small brush with a new portion of the sculptor, draw a short and narrow stroke where the deepest depression should be. Due to the play of shadow and penumbra (instead of one clear line under the cheekbones), sculpting will look as delicate and spectacular as possible.With the same brush, with the remains of the sculptor, work on the wings and the tip of the nose. It is important that the sculptor on the brush was extremely small.

  7. 7

    Add some Maybelline New York Fit Me Blush for a more natural complexion.

    Do not apply blush all over your cheeks. To achieve a lifting effect, select only the central and upper parts of the "apples" of the cheeks, without falling below the line of the tip of the nose.

  8. 8

    Apply highlighter to the top of your cheekbones.

  9. 9

    To prevent brows from looking flat, first fill in the gaps with a brow pencil or pomade.

  10. 10

    Follow with Maybelline New York's Brow Drama mascara or color gel, backcomb your brows.

    So the tool will envelop each hair, which will give them extra volume. Now lay your eyebrows in the usual direction.

  11. 11

    For a 3D eye makeup, you will need either a sculptor or shades of a gray-brown shade. Highlight the crease of the eyelid with them, shading the color just above its natural border.

  12. 12

    Under the eyebrow, as well as on the moving eyelid, apply light beige shadows.

    It is important not to take the light shade under the eyebrow too low, so as not to create the effect of a heavy eyelid. The lightest highlight should be under the highest point of the eyebrow.

  13. 13

    A beautiful 3D effect on the lips can be achieved with an eyebrow pencil. As a rule, it has a suitable taupe shade that will perfectly darken the corners of the lips.

  14. 14

    Any lipstick can be applied over this shade. Lips will appear more voluminous.

  15. 15

    Cover your lashes with mascara. Expressive 3D makeup is ready! However, do not forget: the sharper the features, the older you can look. Use this technique with care.

3D makeup photo ideas


3D effect in lip makeup can be achieved using a gradient. First you need to highlight the contour of the lips with a pencil. Then apply a dark shade of lipstick closer to the edges, and a light shade in the middle. By the way, this technique was very fond of Marilyn Monroe. She could use up to 7 shades of lipstick on her lips at the same time.


3D eye makeup will be little different from the usual. The main thing is to choose mascara with a volume effect. Alternatively, you can use false eyelashes. The cut crease technique, which is shown in the photo below, is one of the tricks that will help make eye makeup as voluminous as possible.


If we are talking about the 3D make-up format, the eyebrows should be noticeable. Use several shades of pencils. Lighter - closer to the bridge of the nose.Dark - closer to the tips. And then lay them with the gel, first combing against the growth of the hair, and then in the right direction. Learn more about how to make eyebrows fluffy and thick with makeup in this video tutorial.


Overview of face make-up tools

If you decide to make a 3D face modeling effect, pay attention to these tools. According to the editors, they will definitely not let you down: they will help to make facial features more expressive and will hold firm.

  • Liquid Highlighter Alliance Perfect, L'Oréal Paris

    This highlighter has a translucent gel texture that makes it easy to layer to adjust coverage. The highlighter is suitable for any skin type and will help you quickly and most naturally place accents that will make facial features more expressive.

    Check out what our readers think of this product here.


  • Macara for eyebrows Brow Drama, Maybelline New York

    This brow mascara enhances the natural color but keeps the brows natural. With a sculpting brush, you can adjust the shape and fix it in just a few seconds.

    Check out what our readers think of this product here.


  • Filler Instinct Plumping Lip Polish, NYX Professional Makeup

    Lip gloss with a slightly curved applicator that perfectly follows the shape of the lips during application. Glossy gloss makes lips voluminous and incredibly smooth. There are six shades to choose from. Five with shining particles and one universal - transparent. Glitter can be used on its own or worn over lipstick for a radiant finish.

  • Bambi Look Mascara by L'Oréal Paris

    This mascara is perfect for those who love the effect of false eyelashes. After application, the eyelashes become voluminous and curved, while the brush perfectly separates them, eliminating gluing.

    You can find out what our readers think about her here.


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