Contouring with Elizabeth Arden

Monday, 1 July 2013

When one thinks of contouring, Kim Kardashian comes to mind, doesn’t she?
After all, this new yummy mummy set the trend and the world went crazy for it. You see, if you know how to contour you can cheat your way to looking your best – any time! BeautySouthAfrica asked Elizabeth Arden’s celebrity make-up artist, Gina Myers, for her top tips.

Contouring is a game of illusions; playing with dark and light colours with the intent of enhancing the areas of the face which naturally stand out,” says Gina. Once you have primed your face and applied your favourite foundation you can start contouring. Here, the perfect guide to assist you.

What you need:
Thick powder brush
Angled blush brush
To highlight: A bronzer a shade or two lighter than your skin tone
To contour: A bronzer a shade or two darker
To add colour: Blush
When it comes to contouring, the main objective is creating texture. This is achieved by keeping two simple tricks in mind: Dark colours bring back and deepen, and light colours enhance and make bigger. Technically you could create a contoured look just with different colour foundations. However, it will not have the same impact or outcome as using bronzers and blushes.
make-up contouring

“The idea is to contour areas that would normally have shadows on them and highlight those that would normally protrude.”

Areas to Contour 
Hairline
Crease of the eyes
Sides of the bridge of the nose
Underside of the cheekbone
Jaw line
Area above the collarbones
Area below the collarbones

Areas to Highlight
Centre of the forehead
Area just above the arch of the brow
Area just below the arch of the brow
High point of the cheekbone
Bridge of the nose (but not the tip)
Cupid’s bow and side chin areas
Tip of the chin

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Written by

Zoe has a bachelor’s degree in motion picture medium. She loves all things beauty and fashion. When she is not writing articles for the latest issue of Clicks Club Card magazine or BeautySouthAfrica.com, she is obsessed with gel nails, lengthening mascaras and healthy glowing skin! Zoe on Google+

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  1. Riette Venter

    I love Elizabeth Arden products!

    3 years ago •

  1. Cassie Nakar

    I love contouring and im addicted to those “HOW TO CONTOUR” videos on YouTube. I can watch it forever and keep trying new ways to contour. This picture is great and will be trying this too :)

    3 years ago •

  1. Hess

    I’ve seen this picture before, but have yet to master it!

    3 years ago •

  1. SG

    Oh wow! That is a huge amount of work…

    4 years ago •

  1. Monahadi

    Best Article yet!! I am favouriting this one

    4 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    Thank you, definitely going to try this, but will take some practise :-).

    4 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    These are great tips, we just need to be mindful of using less product because this is a lot of layering onto the skin and you can easily look overdone. It’s great to contour and highlight but you also don’t want to look photoshopped in real life.

    4 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    Excellent article – just what I needed!

    4 years ago •

  1. Nancy Katy

    Wow! Thank you for this lovely article, what a huge help. It shows all the areas so clearly for where to contour and where to highlight. I love you BeautySouthAfrica, thanks a million xxx

    4 years ago •

  1. StephanieM

    Thank you, really love the pic, it helps with visualization.

    4 years ago •

  1. Sammantha

    I have always wondered how to highlight and contour, this is useful thanks!

    4 years ago •

  1. fay

    I can never get it right I need way more practice!

    4 years ago •

  1. Heidi G

    Thanks for the article, now to go and practice…

    4 years ago •

  1. voges

    thank you for all of the information

    4 years ago •

  1. TJK

    Great for photo shoots, not so sure about everyday life! Thanks.

    4 years ago •

  1. ProMakeupMe

    I have the Elizabeth Arden Sunburst blusher, and it is amaaaazing!! :)

    4 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    Light flicks are better than several layers, ladies. It’s amazing, the subtle enhancements you can achieve with the right products.

    4 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    I contour everyday, sometimes with powders, sometimes with liquid. It gets easier the more you do it!

    4 years ago •

  1. me

    Very well explained Zoe. I am hopeless at contouring.

    4 years ago •

  1. Khensani

    While I admire the work that goes into contouring, Kim Kardashian’s make-up always looks a little too pancake-y. I think that’s why she has such a comical crying face.

    4 years ago •

  1. Nicksta

    I cannot contour so save my life or maybe its the blending that serves as a problem.

    4 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    Thank you so much for this :-)

    4 years ago •

  1. SG

    Very complicated… I don’t think most of have the time! But very interesting to know.

    4 years ago •

  1. Ayesh

    I agree with NaturalDiva. The picture does look a bit intimidating. I would try it for special occasions only. Can’t see myself doing that every day.

    4 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    that picture is a little scary. its a little bit too much work to do just for the office but worth a try for a night out!

    4 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    Interesting tips here, but would take waaaay to much time to do everyday! But totally get the concept

    4 years ago •

  1. ABeauty

    Hmm like shading in art. But wont in different times of the days the shadows naturally move to a different spot? Will need to experiment a tad with this.

    4 years ago •

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