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.
“The idea is to contour areas that would normally have shadows on them and highlight those that would normally protrude.”
Areas to Contour
Crease of the eyes
Sides of the bridge of the nose
Underside of the cheekbone
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