Today I wanted to share with you my top 5 tips for contouring, which in my experience are pretty important to create a sharply defined cheekbone.
1. Use taupe-toned, matte shades only.
There's something of a myth with contouring that a bronzer is your best bet to created a defined cheekbone, but unless it is matte, with a taupe undertone, let me tell you, this is not the time to use your bronzer. Bronzers tend to be engrained with shimmer, whilst having an orange-undertone to them, and it doesn't create a great look when used as a contour. And whilst contour powders are created with a grey-taupe undertone, you don't have you use an expensive, specialised product to created a chiselled cheekbone, a cheap matte eyeshadow will do the job just as well!
2. Don't overload your brush.
It's always better to start off with a light hand and build up your look, rather than starting out with too much. Make sure you tap excess off the brush and buff the bristles into the back of your hand before applying it to your face to ensure even product distribution.
3. Follow the hollow.
Suck in your cheekbones and move your brush back and forth along the hollow of your cheeks. Use small circular motions at the hairline to ensure you create a soft line rather than a harsh 'stripe' under your cheeks.
4. Keep your foundation brush nearby.
Whilst you're applying your contour, continually check it's blended properly. If it's not, step away from your contour brush, and pick up your foundation brush and buff any harsh edges away.
5. Highlighter is your friend.
To really make your cheekbones stand out, don't forget to apply highlighter to the tops of your cheekbones. My pick is the Soap & Glory Glow All Out Luminizing Face Powder, which I apply with a fantail brush along the high-points of my face.
It seems I've got over my fear of contouring just in time for Halloween, ironic, really...
A modified version of this post originally appeared on the Epigram website, click here to read it.