Nowadays, the media is bursting with images of celebrities showing off their trim figures and toned abdomens. In reality, the chances are the majority of these images are altered using Photoshop; however, some of the celebrities could actually have the abs we are dreaming of. Unfortunately, the average person does not have a celebrity personal trainer to help achieve the tight bottom and stomach making the fact that their picture is Photoshopped more than obvious. Do not despair! There is a method whereby you will be able to obtain a six pack without having to use some image modification software or spend hours in the gym. This article will provide information on how to fake a six pack using some basic makeup tips.
Step #1: Find The Supplies
The first step to creating the image of a six pack abdomen using makeup is to find and collect the makeup supplies. As with any work of art, the area will need a foundation or canvas base to hold the makeup. If this base is not applied, the makeup will not be held in place and the effect will be lost entirely. Sunscreen is useful or a moisturizer with a bronze tint will be useful; however, it is important that the foundation is near your natural skin tone.
In addition to a base foundation, it is necessary to collect both a foundation powder highlighter and powder bronzer. The powders can be easily obtained at a local store and both need to be used to provide the image of muscles. A powder brush and two creasing brushes will be necessary to spread the powder on the area.
Step #2: Drawing The Base With Shadows
Creating a six pack image is more complicated than simply drawing a line with some squares for muscles; the image requires layers to create the image of completely toned muscles. The first step to create the abs is to apply the base with shadows. In a well-lit area, expose your abdomen and apply the base sunscreen or moisturizer to the area and try to keep the application as smooth as possible. Leave the base to dry before applying the makeup to avoid any mistakes or “clumping”; you will know when it is dry when your abdomen no longer looks moist or shiny.
Next, flex your abdominal muscles to identify where the original muscles are as this will be the outline for the image highlighting. You do not need to flex the muscles constantly, but it is a good idea to indicate where you should draw the lines for drawing. This will help ensure the shadows are placed in the correct location and in proper proportion to the abdomen.
When flexing, use the creasing brush to draw a line down the center of your abdomen with the powder bronzer. Be sure to tap away any excess powder before application and draw the line several times until it is dark enough to act as a guideline. Continue drawing the lines around your abs but with the outer line heading up to below your ribcage. Once the lines have been drawn, take the powder brush and blend the lines into the base foundation with brisk up-down motions.
Step #3: Apply Highlights
At this point, the area should have a slight image of a six pack abdomen; however, the muscles will need more toning to present as real. The boxes drawn act as the muscles and using the powder highlighter you can define them. Using the second creasing brush (DO NOT use the same creasing brush as before) apply powder highlighter to the boxes and fill them in using a lift-right and up-down motion. Finally, blend the powder highlighter with the drawn lines using the powder brush using a circular motion.