Seems, equally to portray, contouring is all about location—the place you place colour is equally as vital as which colour you’re really working with. Should you’re a proficient sufficient painter (or make-up artist) you recognize precisely the place to position sure shades to intensify shadows, angles, or sure options of an object, that are vital expertise for successfully shaping the face. However what when you don’t dabble in a kind of two careers and nonetheless need to discover ways to contour?
This was the dilemma I confronted final week as I sat in entrance of my mirror, un-contoured and three minutes away from being late for a pleasant dinner. Whereas I’d usually use a swipe or two of bronzer the place I assumed it ought to go, I had by no means tried to completely snatch my face… And now wasn’t the time to start out. I wished to degree up my make-up for the evening, however I clearly didn’t have time to do a lot. I didn’t want my cheekbones to seem like they might reduce glass— I simply wished one thing foolproof and fast.
My salvation got here, because it usually does, within the type of a Tiktok. I appeared up ‘contour hack’ and in 13 seconds flat, make-up theorist Megan Lavallie bestowed upon me such nice contouring information that I wished to scream it from the rooftops. “There’s this one spot in your cheek that when you poked a gap by means of it, it might contact your enamel. Should you softly mix it out [after adding contour], it can create probably the most soft-looking, excessive cheekbones for many who need to look good from the facet and the entrance.” And so, with my remaining two and a half minutes, all I needed to do was discover the spot on my cheek the place I may really feel my enamel, add a single dot of contour, and mix evenly. That was it!
I grabbed a contour brush and my contour-that-isn’t-contour, Glossier’s Cloud Paint in Nightfall, and started working. I utilized one dot on every cheek, and as Lavallie instructed, softly blended out. Instantly, my face gained extra dimension whereas nonetheless trying extremely pure. The outcome was seamless, sort of like I by some means managed to tan simply the hollows of my cheeks. Fancy dinner or not, I knew this trick had me in a chokehold from the second I noticed my newly sculpted face.
Lavallie’s tip—which has 7.5 million views, by the way in which—modified the way in which I take into consideration contouring. I noticed that for magnificence learners and lovers of No Make-up Make-up, contour doesn’t need to be an intimidating occasion crammed with a number of lotions, powders, and brushes. I used to assume it was Kim Kardashian-style or bust, resulting in extra nightmares about making an attempt the ‘3’ form on my spherical face than I’d care to confess. Seems, you’ll be able to nonetheless get a unbelievable look from a simplified technique. As an alternative of doing traces or dots of product everywhere in the face à la Instagram tutorials, the naked necessity of contouring is only a single dot! Not so intimidating now, is it?
However Hannah, I can hear you saying, I’m nonetheless scared I’m going to screw it up. Truthful! Contour is simple to screw up if you don’t know what you’re doing. However I’ve religion that you just do know what you’re doing since you’ve gotten this far within the article, and when (not if) you get contouring proper, you’ll completely elevate your look in just some minutes. Apart from, this tip makes it virtually foolproof, no matter whether or not you’re utilizing a cream or powder contour. Would possibly as effectively strive it! It’s not going to get any simpler than this.
All photographs taken by Elliot Duprey