Contouring tutorials seem to be everywhere these days, but they tend to come with 25 steps and 10 different tools. Plus, the inch-thick makeup on your face at the end of it is not so “natural.” I’m here to tell you that there’s a much easier way to subtly contour your face that will work for everyday. With just 3 tools and an extra 5 minutes, you can bring out the features you want to highlight, while making the ones you don’t a little less noticeable.
You’ll need 2 concealers. One about 1-2 shades lighter than your natural skin tone, and the other about 2 shades darker. I chose to use Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Éclat for its easy pen, but you can use whichever you like. Just make sure the consistency isn’t too thick for easy blending. You’ll also need a blending brush.
Start with the darker shade. To find the right spot, suck in your cheeks and paint in the hollow area just in front of your ear. Continue to paint under your chin, along the jawbone, on either sides of your chin, sides of the nose, and temples. You want to create more shadow to the areas you’d like to recede.
Next, take the lighter shade and paint under the eyes, on the bridge of the nose, on the chin, cupid’s bow, and center of forehead. You’re adding light to the areas you want to bring forward and highlight.
When you’re done, blend everything together using the blending brush. Be sure to blend into the hairline, down the neck, and into the ears. You want a seamless look with no edges.
Top with a translucent powder if you’d like a more matte finish and you’re done!
– by Erica Davidson
Erica was born and raised in Santa Monica. After graduating from college in Northern California, she moved back to L.A. to pursue her career as a makeup artist and hair stylist. In 2008, she joined Aim Artists and has been represented by them since. When she’s not busy working on commercials, print, editorials, and red carpet events, she’s blogging about all things beauty on her own blog Pretty Pleased. Erica lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Benji, and son, Jack.