Regardless of your age or how much time you spend online, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the latest “trend” in beauty: contouring. If you’re like most, even the mention of the word “contouring” elicits an eye roll, because how on earth does anyone have time for all of that? Foundations, bronzers, highlighters, luminizers, special brushes… then not to mention sitting down and actually learning how to apply all of them correctly. Does that mean searching through YouTube videos and tutorials? Because that’s a black hole I’ll get dragged into and not come out of for roughly six years. All of this sounds like a huge waste of time. Until you came here!
This post, part of my 2 Minute Makeup Series, is all about contouring for people in a hurry. Which, let’s be honest, isn’t that all of us?
Contouring doesn’t have to be a painfully time consuming headache, and when done properly, can enhance your daytime look without turning into a huge commitment. Here’s how:
There are three basic steps in whipping through a quick contour: a base of your natural color, contour using bronzer or foundation two shades darker than your natural color, and highlight. The first step in quick contouring is creating a uniform base. This can be done with liquid or powder foundation – it doesn’t have to be thick or cakey to even out your skin tone and give you a good all-over color. Even a tinted moisturizer or CC cream can do the trick.
Next, you’ll want to “contour” using a bronzing powder, stick, or foundation two shades darker than the natural base you used in step one. Since we are focusing on the interest of time, the only areas you’ll want to apply your contour are under your cheekbones, the sides of your nose, at your hairline, and under your jawline/chin for a slimming effect. A few swipes of non shimmer bronzer with your normal bronzer brush in these four areas will do the trick! If you’re using a stick or foundation, make sure you’re blending well and not leaving any hard lines.
Finally, it’s time to highlight. This can be done with a shimmer powder, liquid highlighter, or a pressed powder that is two shades lighter than your base color. You’ll want to focus on the T-shaped area created by your forehead, going down between your eyes, and along the bridge of your nose. Then, highlight on top of your cheekbones and your chin. Voila! You’re ready to head out the door with a lightly contoured look that enhances your natural features gives a fresh-faced effect without that overly made-up look.
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