Whether you’re too intimidated to try it or just scared you’ll end up looking like an impressionist painting, contouring can naturally incite the pre-application jitters. But there’s good news to share (and show you!) today by way of beauty blogger experts Sazan Hendrix and Gal Meets Glam’s Julia Engel. Using just four key products from Estée Lauder’s New Dimension Transformative Collection, they’re breaking down the basics of how to achieve that natural contoured look you’ve been pining for all summer long.
Keep scrolling for their top contouring tips and tricks.
“What’s the point of contouring? You can bring more or less attention to certain areas, making it appear slimmer, for example, and more defined. "
“I used a fragrance-free cleanser followed by the Estée Lauder Shape + Fill Expert Serum. I learned that this is their first serum with the power to lift the look of both your cheeks and jawline—in just two weeks (via 97% of reviewers on their site). My first reaction was there’s no way! But after using it for over a week now (every day), I'm starting to see the magic."
“After applying the serum and giving it a couple of seconds to dry, I’m topping it off with an oil-free moisturizer. Now we’re ready to play!”
“During this step you will need to apply your foundation only. Then with the New Dimension Eye Contouring Kit, you can take the little brush (or use your own) and start to sculpt with the warm tone."
"Now gently blend the contoured areas with a soft brush or light hand. Blending is key for looking natural. (Tip: Snap a selfie in front of a window or natural light to see how cute or not cute you look.)”
“[Contouring] is an art form that gives you the ability to transform your face shape. The key is to know what your face shape is and to create the illusion of an oval-shaped face—with the help of a good contouring kit. My face is a mix between round and oval. There are certain areas I focus on more than others. It really just depends!"
“I’m using the New Dimension Face Contouring Kit to highlight and contour. I used the spongy brush that comes with the kit to help me define the lines of my contour. You can easily use your fingers to apply the product, or an angled contoured brush. It doesn’t have to be perfect, because we’re going to blend it all in. (If you’re wondering what to contour/highlight, this kit also comes with a three-step guide with helpful pictures!)"
"Make sure to thoroughly blend everything and finish it off with some blush and a translucent setting powder. There you have it! It’s cool getting to create professional results with products like these that can transform your look in less than 10 minutes.”
"My favorite beauty looks are the ones that appear as natural as possible. I don’t want to feel or look like I have layers of makeup on, and over the past couple of years, I’ve been narrowing down my products to the bare minimum.This natural contoured look is one of the most subtle but dramatic beauty looks because it defines the features that I want accentuated without having to put on a lot of makeup."
“First, I use the Shape + Fill Expert Serum all over my face before I apply my moisturizer. This helps to slowly define your cheeks and jawbone over just a few short weeks.”
“To create a natural contoured look, I start with Esteé Lauder’s New Dimension Shape + Sculpt Face Kit. The palette comes with one contour shade and one highlight shade. Before applying any other makeup, I add the contour shade under my cheekbones and along my jawline to slightly define each of them. I then add the highlight to my nose, cheekbones, and brow bone to give that luminous glow.”
“I rarely wear eye shadow since I find that it’s too much color for my face, so I love using Estée Lauder’s New Dimension Shape + Sculpt Eye Kit to still enhance my eyes. First, I apply the creamy base to prep my lid before applying the highlighter under my eyebrows and on the inner corner of my eyes. This brightens up the eyes and makes even the most tired eyes look awake and fresh. I lastly apply the contour to the crease of my lid to add that natural definition we’re always looking for."
“Lastly, I make sure everything is blended in together just right. The results are natural and dewy, just enough to leave the house as is or the perfect base to apply a bit more. This natural contoured look is one of the subtlest but most dramatic beauty looks because it defines the features that I want accentuated without having to put on a lot of makeup.”
Whose take on natural contourin do you like best? Tell us in the comments below.