You see, even as a beauty blogger who plays around with makeup on a daily basis, the word contouring is enough to break me out in a cold sweat.
And whilst I would love to rock a cheekbone like Kim K, I'm not the kinda gal who is going to get herself all muddled with 4 different shades of foundation, a bronzer, a highlighter and a Beauty Blender... talk about effort.
What's more, I think contouring gives the impression of being something of an expensive trend to embrace... the much-hyped Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Powder comes in at an eye-watering £33.00. And as I, personally, think contouring is a bit much for daytime, I wouldn't even use the aforementioned product on a daily basis, so it just seems like an awful lot of money to spend.
I'd given up all hopes of contouring my cheekbone-less face, until I read that Cheryl Fernandez Versini (whose contouring skills I have long admired) proclaimed that she uses matte taupe-toned eyeshadows to create her killer cheekbones... and it got me thinkin'.
I love the L'Oréal Paris Glam Bronze in Golden Bronze*, a matte taupe bronzer which adds very subtle definition when used on the temples and cheekbones, but if you wanted a more dramatic contoured look, it's probably not your best bet (... especially with my skintone).
I then found a matte brown eyeshadow in my stash - mine is by TIGI Cosmetics and I'm pretty sure it's no longer available, but the Natural Collection Solo Eyshadow in Crushed Walnut is a pretty good dupe.
Taking a swipe of the L'Oréal Paris Glam Bronze followed by the matte eyeshadow on an oblique-headed Contour Brush from the TMart Professional Brush Set*, I tapped off any excess, then buffed the brush into the back of my hand to ensure even product distribution across the bristles...
I then took the brush to my face, all the while mentally reciting a top contouring tip from Charlotte Tilbury: follow the hollow.
I buffed in circular motions along the cheek hollow...
Look - I have actual cheekbones!
My technique probably need a bit of practice (I will be sharing some of my contouring pearls of wisdom here on Friday), but this method has proven to be something of a revelation to me, and whilst I still won't be embracing contour on a daily basis, I can't wait to add this to my evening makeup look.
All I'm sayin' is watch your back, Cheryl and Kim. I've now got a contour brush, and I'm not afraid to use it.