Celebrity makeup artist Rae Morris has done it: She has created the perfect contour tutorial. StyleCaster recently released a video where Morris breaks down her full contouring technique in a way that's comprehensive, easy to follow, and guaranteed to yield natural results. It's 13 minutes long, but it's riveting from start to finish.
"I like contouring to look very, very soft," Morris says. "Contouring is the most powerful thing in makeup, because it can lift you, it can make you look 10 years younger. It's probably my most requested technique."
In a tranquil, welcoming voice, Morris walks us through how to choose the proper contouring products—spoiler: It's always cream or liquid if you're wearing liquid foundation (and powder if you're wearing powder). As for colors? You don't want to use anything that's shimmery or orange. "You've gotta remember one thing," she says. "When you're contouring, you're applying shadows to the face… And what color is a shadow? A shadow is very flat… a sort of taupe-y, gray color." That's the color product you want to use. (Morris usually mixes her own with a combination of foundations.)
From there, Morris guides us through which brushes and techniques one should use, and where on the face to apply them. We promise: At the end of the video, you're going to want to race to your bathroom and put her tutorial to the test.
Check out a step-by-step breakdown of the video below!
To naturally define your cheekbones, create a thin, shaded triangle that subtly disappears from your ear down toward the outer corner of your mouth (this is where the natural shadow falls). All you need is one or two gentle strokes of your brush.
Create another shadow at the temple by shading from the brow bone into the hairline at about a 45-degree angle. This further emphasizes the cheekbones.
Shading around the hairline makes the forehead look rounder, which creates a more youthful look, as our foreheads flatten with age. It also makes the face look overall more bronzey and tan, as we naturally get the most sun on our foreheads.
Softly shade underneath the outer corner of your jaw down to your chin. This makes the jaw look more angular, which is another anti-aging technique.
A quick and easy trick: You can make your lips look fuller by contouring just under the bottom lip.
When you contour the nose, start in the middle. That's where the most product will go. Remember that if you can see product on the face, you've applied too much. You only want the subtlest of shadows here.
Use a matte brown eye shadow to softly contour underneath the eye, as well as the socket line of the lid. This makes the eyes look subtly larger and more defined.
Voilà! A stunning natural contour.
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