The contour craze began when Kim Kardashian posted a picture on Twitter on how her personal make-up artist uses concealer, powders and liquid foundations to highlight and define her renowned facial features. Soon enough, all the Instagram accounts and Facebook beauty groups were filled with various tutorials on how to contour. The real trick lies in the technique you use, and the goal is to avoid that overly sculpted, artificially defined faces.
Step 1: For the application, first apply your moisturizer, primer or BB cream. Apply your moisturizer with your fingers with circular movements. Use approximately a quarter-sized drop to avoid leaving your skin feeling greasy, and be sure to rub it gently and evenly across your entire face. If your skin is dry, search for moisturizer which has a creamy consistency. If your skin is oily, use a moisturizer that is oil-free. Mineral moisturizers work well on all skin types, especially on sensitive ones.
Step 2: Highlight with a colour one or two shades brighter than your face. Focus on: under your eyes, the bridge of your nose, your forehead and chin.
Step 3: Now it’s time to contour with a colour one or two shades deeper than your base tone. Focus on the side of your nose, right under your cheekbones and hairline.
Step 4: The blending of the concealer is the most essential part of the process so take your time!
Step 5: Set with a light powder and add just a bit of blush on the apples of cheeks. Take a sponge to blend the makeup in until there are no visible lines between the regular foundations the lighter and darker colours.
Now all you need to do is to continue with your makeup routine. As you can see from the final result, it doesn’t take forever to perfectly blend lighter and darker shadows, just like Kim Kardashian intended!