You probably think you've read and seen everything that has to do with contouring tips. Contouring is a makeup technique makeup artists have been using for decades, and over the past few years, it has become a trend for the nonprofessional population, too. But as with all trends, it’s gone through several iterations, ebbing and flowing all the way until the inevitable backlash. (Even Kim Kardashian West tones it down a bit to make it look more natural.)
The anti-contouring movement is an understandable response to clown contouring and extreme versions of the technique that seem to have taken over the internet. We're in the age of authenticity, after all. It's all about embracing our natural features rather than painting on faces that look nothing like us. But you don’t have to abandon the face-sculpting technique altogether. No, we're here to give you the contouring tips that will make it look as real and natural as possible. So bring it back to basics, back to what contouring was meant to be—a way to subtly define and enhance your features. Find your natural contour line and let that be your guide.
Click play on the video above, and see the instructions below to find out how it’s done!
- Grab two cotton swabs and a matte foundation or concealer that’s one or two shades darker than your skin.
- Line up one of the cotton swabs with the center of your ear, and angle it down so that the line would connect to the outer corner of your lips. That’s your contour line.
- Dip the other cotton swab into the matte foundation. Dot it along the bottom of the line of the Q-tip, stopping where the cotton swab ends. A dotted line blends out more seamlessly than a thick, solid stripe.
- Take a dampened Beautyblender (the Micro Minis, $18, are the perfect size for this) with a small amount of foundation on it or your finger, and softly blend out the dotted line. Continue to carry the color up along your temples and down along your jawline.
- You can stop there, or, using a clean sponge, blend a radiant foundation with sheer to medium coverage that’s one shade lighter than skin tone under your eyes, down your nose, and in the center of your forehead and chin. (We’re using Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer in Illuminating, $44.)
Et voilà—contour so natural that no one will suspect any sort of extra product, or tutorial, was involved.
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