Seems, equally to portray, contouring is all about location—the place you place coloration is equally as essential as which coloration you’re really working with. In the event you’re a gifted sufficient painter (or make-up artist) you realize precisely the place to position sure shades to intensify shadows, angles, or sure options of an object, that are essential abilities for successfully shaping the face. However what for those who don’t dabble in a type 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 believed it ought to go, I had by no means tried to totally snatch my face… And now wasn’t the time to start out. I wished to stage up my make-up for the night time, however I clearly didn’t have time to do a lot. I didn’t want my cheekbones to appear to be they may minimize glass— I simply wished one thing foolproof and fast.
My salvation got here, because it usually does, within the type of a Tiktok. I regarded up ‘contour hack’ and in 13 seconds flat, make-up theorist Megan Lavallie bestowed upon me such nice contouring data that I wished to scream it from the rooftops. “There’s this one spot in your cheek that for those who poked a gap by way of it, it will contact your tooth. In the event you softly mix it out [after adding contour], it should create probably the most soft-looking, excessive cheekbones for individuals 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 might really feel my tooth, 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 set to work. I utilized one dot on every cheek, and as Lavallie instructed, softly blended out. Instantly, my face gained extra dimension whereas nonetheless wanting extremely pure. The outcome was seamless, type of like I in some way 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 newcomers and lovers of No Make-up Make-up, contour doesn’t must be an intimidating occasion full of a number of lotions, powders, and brushes. I used to suppose it was Kim Kardashian-style or bust, resulting in extra nightmares about making an attempt the ‘3’ form on my spherical face than I might care to confess. Seems, you may nonetheless get a implausible look from a simplified technique. As a substitute of doing strains 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. Honest! Contour is simple to screw up once you don’t know what you’re doing. However I’ve religion that you simply 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 only a few minutes. In addition to, this tip makes it virtually foolproof, no matter whether or not you’re utilizing a cream or powder contour. May as nicely strive it! It’s not going to get any simpler than this.
All photographs taken by Elliot Duprey