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Who doesn’t love to contour? To be honest I was intimated when contouring first came out. How to contour was a question I found myself asking. After about a year of contouring and playing with different methods I have finally found a perfect way to contour that works best for me. Hubby doesn’t like a lot of makeup and likes the ‘au natural’ look, so after many trials and errors I have mastered a natural look by enhancing my features but without overdoing it- something that can easily be done when contouring.
I already have foundation and concealer under my eyes, my eye makeup and eyebrows are already done as well. I always do my eyes first, that way if I have any eyeshadow that falls on my face it’s an easy clean up and I don’t have to worry about fixing my foundation.
Now on to highlighting- you want to highlight the part of your face where the light naturally hits. I use the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (in ‘CHANTILLY’) and blend it with the beauty blender. I blend out and away from my eyes, blend up and away on my forehead, and blend downard on my chin.
Now on to contouring: I like to use the IT Cosemetics Brightening face disk for my contouring, blush, highlight powder. You want to contour underneath your cheekbones, hairline, sides of your nose, and underneath your neck. You’re creating illusions and shadows to play up your features. Less is more here, start off with a little bit and you can always work your way up and build with more product.
Note: I would suggest staying away form shimmery bronzers. That would defeat the purpose of contouring and adding shadow.
Once I have finished with highlighting and contouring I use the Laura Mercier setting powder to keep things put.
Last but not least: Blush and highlighting, I will say it again less is more here. You can always build your product, so start off with a little. First add blush to the apples of your cheeks then, highlight powder goes above your brows, cupids bow, and above your cheekbones, you can add what’s left on your brush on the bridge of your nose.
Tada! Now you are all done and good to go. Once you get the hang of things, this becomes super easy and super duper fast. I have linked all the products I use below. Only thing is the ‘M.A.C’ brushes are dupes I bought from eBay a long time ago. They are not the best of the bunch, but they work fine for now. I HIGHLY recommend ITCosmetic Brushes or Sigma Brushes. Both are worth every penny.
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Thanksyou for taking the intimidation out of contouring!
You are SO welcome Becca!
First of all – you have the most gorgeous eyes ever! And second – you nailed this contour tutorial, you make it so simple and easy to recreate.
Thank you Hannah!
You are a stunner, as always!! That Nars concealer is LIFE. I really want to try that It Cosmetics disc… looks so awesome and of course I love the brand.
Girl, You will love the disk! And I agree NARS is amazing.
Wow, you look great! I’m fascinated by contouring but haven’t tried it yet. It’s so cool!
Thank you Robin! You should try it! You will love the results!
Thank you so much for this tutorial! I need to learn how to contour and these photos are so helpful!
You are welcome Jessica!
i love Nars concealer, but I’ve been using IT Cosmetics’ Bye Bue Undereye and LOVE it!!
Oh I love the Bye Bye Undereye! That stuff is magic!
I discovered contouring this summer and I don’t think I will ever go back! I was ways worried about looking too muddy but it’s all about the right product for you!
You look beautiful, I agree with the hubs you’re a natural beauty anyway! Sigma brushes are one of my favs and Sonia kashuk – oh and real techniques! Hahah
I love beauty posts because they inspire me to dig into my beauty stash 😉
I know how you feel Holly! Contouring has given me LIFE!
You are so sweet! Thank you! I haven’t tried the Real Techniques. I will have to look at those! Thanks girl!
Loved this tutorial. Thank you. What brushes did you use?! I love them.
Hey Dennisse, I use several different ones! I use some from ITCosmetics, some from Sonia, some from Sephora. I linked up a few of the ones I use. 🙂 If you have any specific ones you can email me and I can help out!
Beautiful!!! I have never contoured but want to!!
You should try it!! 🙂
I am still so scared to try this! I feel like I just need someone else to do it for me just once so I can see what it’s all about, then I will be less terrified to buy these products before ever trying it or seeing what the result would be!
haha, I felt the same way! I think you can practice before you get a shower, that way if you mess up or haven’t gotten the hang of it you can just wash it right off! 🙂