Contouring tips for the summer months

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Contouring has been make-up artists and celebrities best kept secret for years. Now the secret is out and anyone can recreate the high and envious cheekbones we saw plastered on every designer ad campaign, runway and the big screen. However now that the season of spring is upon us, it’s time to update the contoured look and give it a lighter and fresher take, ready for the warmer weather. Follow our simple steps, added tips and product recommendations to achieve the perfect spring time sculpted look – and get ready to rock those cheekbones.

The easiest and most effective way to achieve a spring time sculpted look is to apply your products in the shape of a 3 on both sides of your face, as depicted in the photo.

Your perfect contour shade depends entirely on your skin tone. The lighter your skin, the lighter your contour shade will be. It is a common misconception that to achieve the contoured look you must use a bronzer, however this simply is not the case. The aim of contouring is to give your face some shape and depth, by shading the areas which are naturally sunken. Think of it as trying to create a natural looking shadow with cosmetic products, to define your natural face shape. Therefore, makeup artists most commonly use products which have a slight grey undertone, in order to create a very natural looking shadow.

Tip: Avoid any products with shimmer. Shimmer will draw attention and give the areas you have applied it a raised appearance, which in this case is the opposite of what you want to achieve.

To create the most natural finish opt for cream products over powders. Once blended cream product melt into the skin to give a sheer to medium coverage, perfect for the warmer months.

Products: The NARS Matt Multiples are great contouring products for medium to darker skin tones, as they have a slightly warmer undertone. If your skin is on the fairer side, the Illamasqua cream pigment in hollow is a more suitable option, as it has a cool grey undertone.

Apply your product directly under your cheekbone and blend upwards in small circular motions. To find the spot under your cheekbone, rest the barrel of your brush in a line, starting from the top of your ear and ending at the corner of your mouth. Apply the product exactly where your brush is placed. Also apply the product around your hairline and very lightly along your jaw, following the 3 shape previously described. Once finished take your foundation brush or a clean face brush and blend around the edges of the contour, this will ensure you don’t have any harsh lines.

Highlighting goes hand in hand with contouring. Again for the most natural finish, opt for a cream or liquid product. Apply your highlighter to the high points of the face, such as the tops of the cheekbones, under the arch of the brow, down the centre of the nose and on your cupids bow. This will leave your skin with a radiant glow perfect for spring.

Products: Mac Cream Colour Base in Pearl, YSL Touche Eclat or Illamasqua Gleam in Aurora.