Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez may rock the contouring trend, but in the real world……is there a way to contour subtly? It may seem counter intuitive, but contouring actually helps to create a more natural looking make up. This is because solely using foundation actually flattens the face, thus making you look like you have a heavy base on.
The principle of contouring is to keep the middle of the face – forehead, bridge of the nose, cheekbones, and under the eyes lighter, as it will make your face appear more angular and brighter. You then use a darker shade to exaggerate shadows along the hairline, jawline, under the cheekbones and along the side of your nose (if you want your nose to look narrower, of course!).
So, after your usual tinted moisturiser or foundation use contour powder (like a bronzer but with no shimmer in it) to create the shadows, followed by a powder or cream highlighter. Or, another method which, when done with a subtle hand and some good blending, can look the most natural, is to use 2 shades of foundation, one lighter than your natural skin tone and one darker.
Remember that these are general guidelines and you need to decide what suits your face shape best, and don’t be overwhelmed: it’s just creating a few highlights and shadows!
TIP: Be subtle, blend well and don’t forget the blusher!
KEVIN AUCOIN Sculpting Powder £35.00
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector £15.99