Contouring has turned into somewhat of an art form in recent years, straying from the classic cheekbone and jawline definition and dipping into unchartered territories like clown contouring and henna contouring. If you've stood in front of your computer screen with a dumbfounded face trying to duplicate YouTube tutorials with a million different steps and products to get that Kardashian-worthy contour, you're not alone.
However, we come bearing good news. You can still get chiseled cheekbones without layering on creams and powders by taking the "less is more" approach. Makeup artist and product designer Sonia Kashuk let us in on a few simple steps that will only take a small fraction of your morning beauty routine to do. Cue the huge sigh of relief.
To find out her awesome tips, keep scrolling!
"Think about using products already in your beauty bag for a look that is wearable and easy to create. Contour is achieved by creating depth using a deeper shade than your skin tone, so your bronzer could do double duty as a contour powder as long as there is no shimmer in it," says Kashuk. She recommends you apply it right under your cheekbones to carve them out.
Surely you've heard of strobing by now, but if you haven't picked up on the shimmer trend, now is a good time to start. Says Kashuk, "To balance the depth of contour, highlighters are great for creating lift and giving more dimension to the face. Skip the heavy, ultra-light concealer shades, and try a translucent subtle shimmer like my Chic Luminosity Highlighter Stick, applying on the cheekbone and the bridge of the nose. This will give the cheeks and nose a lifting effect, playing with dark and light to give your face a more defined look."
It's true: You can actually contour your face using blush—just be careful not to go too full-on ’80s, of course. "It’s all about placement. Apply directly under the cheekbone. The color should be warm toned and brown based—nothing too bright," explains Kashuk.
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