Contouring – it’s 2015’s biggest beauty buzzword and our latest face-based obsession. We’ll be honest, we would love to have Sienna’s cheekbones but realistically, it’s not going to happen any time soon. That’s where contouring comes in.
Yes, Kim Kardashian may have brought the face-sculpting technique to the masses but contouring isn’t just about looking like the latest addition to the Kardashian clan. With the ability to bring light, structure and definition to your face, contouring is the easiest way to update your beauty routine and instantly transform your face with just two products. Yup, we said two.
Forget complicated techniques, we caught up with celeb makeup artist and red-carpet beauty regular, Sharon Dowsett, on her top tips for super simple, quick contouring, done the right way, because as Sharon says, “Contouring is spelled with a C, not a K”.
1. “The aim for contouring is to create the illusion of a perfect oval face. After you’ve done your makeup base, take a brown contouring shadow or bronzer around the edges of the face, across the top of the forehead, chin and jawline creating a halo.”
2. “Use the product on your hand first, you always want to start with less then you can build it up. Shade under your cheekbones using the brush to feel where the bone lies naturally, then flick up towards the cheekbone to gain definition. Don’t go too near the mouth, it’s a common mistake but you shouldn’t take it further than where the iris of your eye sits.”
3. “A little goes a long way with highlighter and it’s great for bringing light to the face. Highlight both sides of the contour on your cheeks, underneath as well as the top. Take it down the bridge of your nose, on your cupid’s bow and between your eyes to bring attention to them.”
4. ” ‘Blend is your friend’ is one of my favourite catchphrases which is why I use a powder instead of a cream because it doesn’t sink into skin and it’s much easier to blend. Use a darker shadow in a really small area of your cheekbone up by your ear to really deepen the contour. I like to add some in the socket of the eye as well to help create an optical illusion with light and shade.”
5. “You don’t have to be an expert to get expert results. One of the oldest makeup rules is that you should never add cream on top of powder but rules are there to be broken! I like to freshen up the face add inner heat to the finished sculpted look by adding cream blush on to cheeks. You won’t look made up, just expensive!” InStyle