Contouring In 4 Simple Steps
Unless you’ve been living in outer space, we’re pretty sure you know what contouring is. The illusory face fad has not stopped gaining fans, and now boasts a loyal following (a following that far exceeds a list of people whose names begin with ‘K’). If you think it’s time you joined the contour connoisseurs, look no further…
First up, for any newbies, allow us to explain the transformative power of contouring. The universally loved technique is the most flattering way to build upon your natural appearance, to enhance and exaggerate all the beauty your mumma gave you. Although many myths abound, the premise is simple: it’s all about the perfect balance of highlighting and bronzing.
Some dabble in the cosmetic art for a night out, while others choose to channel the amplified look, daily. We’ve got no bones about when you decide to contour, but when you do, be sure to soak up this savvy advice first.
Most make-up routines will instruct you to start with a flawless base, and this is no exception. Apply a light layer of our liquid foundation to cleansed, toned, and moisturised skin. Whether you use a brush, sponge, or your fingertips for foundation application, we know complexion perfection can be tricky - luckily we have a guide for that!
The foundations are laid, which means we can move on to the fun bit! We have a selection of contouring goodies to get you on the road to impossible cheekbones. Allow us to introduce the contour palette... Purposefully arranged from dark to light (left to right), this compact one-stop-shop is a fool-proof tool for contour success. The next steps are literally as easy as 1, 2, 3!
Using a soft brush, sweep a layer of the darkest powder along your jawline, under your cheekbones, and down the sides of your nose. Next, use the mid-tone powder to add warmth to your skin tone, and balance out the contrast of the darker powder. Finally, use the palest powder to highlight. This is the key to finishing the contoured look - sweep across cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, your brow line, and cupid's bow.
The thing we love most about this beauty trend, is the role it plays in enhancing – not covering – your natural features. It’s all about highlighting versus bronzing, and taking advantage of the way light can play upon your face. If you’re looking for more direction in the beauty department, be sure to check out the rest of our series of hot products and how-tos.