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How To Contour With Our Makeup Tips And Tricks

Perfecting how to contour will instantly enhance your features and warm your complexion. using our luxury Italian makeup and cruelty-free, vegan brushes, follow our exclusive step-by-step guide.

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Contouring quickly and easily with a natural finish is always the end goal. But how to contour and achieve this? First, choosing the right undertone (cool, warm or neutral) and using a contour shade 2 shades darker than your base. Second, sculpt and shape to compliment your facial structure. Third, highlighting your contour either with a creamy concealer or radiance-boosting product will help define your contour.

Read on below to learn how to master…

  • An everyday contour with a natural glow

  • An after-dark contour with a dewy finish

  • Simple contouring do’s and don'ts

THE NATURAL, EVERYDAY CONTOUR

Lightweight, easy to apply and easy to blend, powder bronzers and highlighters not only give beautiful definition with a soft, glow-y finish, they help soak up any excess oil / shine throughout the day.

THE POWDERS WE RECOMMEND

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One Palette Wonder Cool Naturals
ONE PALETTE WONDER

in Warm Naturals and Cool Naturals

QUANTUM BRONZER

in Ain’t No Sunshine

SHIMMERBAR

in Sugar Drip and Lumineer

TRIPLE BEAUTY GOOD LIGHTING LUMINOUS TRIO

THE BEST TOOLS TO USE

Makeup Brush Selection
PRO COLOUR ANGLED CHEEK BRUSH

To contour and enhance features

SOFT HIGHLIGHTING POWDER BRUSH

To highlight features and illuminate skin

PRO EYESHADOW BLENDING BRUSH

To softly contour down the sides of the nose

HOW TO CONTOUR

How to Contour Makeup Step-by-Step
STEP ONE

Always apply foundation, concealer and setting powder to a freshly cleansed and moisturized face first. (It’s important to add powder bronzer after a setting powder to help ensure seamless blending and buffing.)

STEP TWO

Using the Pro Colour Angled Cheek Brush, sweep over the bronzer, tap off any excess and lightly apply back and forth along the hollows of the cheeks, focusing most of the product to the back of your cheekbones.

STEP THREE

Dust over temples and into the hairline to help make your forehead appear smaller, while giving a sun-kissed radiance to the skin.

STEP FOUR

To define your jawline, brush along the length of the jaw and around your chin, also blending downwards in swift motions to create a flawless shadow.

STEP FIVE

To create the illusion of a slimmer, smaller nose, dip the Pro Eyeshadow Blending Brush lightly into the bronzer and apply down the sides of the nose and over the tip. (This is an old Hollywood trick!)

STEP SIX

Using the Soft Highlighting Powder Brush, dip into the highlighter, tap off any excess, and sweep along the tops of cheekbones to catch the light and bring them forward. Also apply to the inner corners of the eyes, over the browbones, down the bridge of the nose and across the Cupid’s bow to illuminate the complexion.

THE POLISHED CONTOUR AFTER-DARK

For a dewier, longer-lasting finish, opt for more pigmented, creamier textures when contouring, as they tend to last longer on the skin. The key thing to remember: apply lightly and blend, blend, blend.

THE CREAM & LIQUID PRODUCTS WE RECOMMEND

Triple Beauty Luminizing Wand
TRIPLE BEAUTY LUMINIZING HIGHLIGHTER WAND

in Champagne

QUICK COLOUR CONTOUR SUPERGEL

in Soft Brown and Rich Chocolate

MULTIGLOW HIGHLIGHTING STICK

in Santorini

PRO-GLOW SUPERSTROBING DROPS

in Illuminati and Astrosurf

TRIPLE BEAUTY LIQUD LUMINIZER

in Golden Whirl

THE BEST TOOLS TO USE

Makeup Brushes
SEAMLESS FOUNDATION BUFFING BRUSH

To contour and highlight the high points of the face

PRO BLEND BLUSH BRUSH

To emphasize the apples of the cheeks

PRO COLOUR ANGLED CHEEK BRUSH

To define cheekbones

HOW TO CONTOUR

How to Contour Makeup Step-by-Step 2
STEP ONE

After cleansing, moisturizing and applying foundation, choose a contour colour that complements your skin’s undertone (cool, warm or neutral) and is two shades darker than your base. Then opt for a concealer that is one shade lighter to highlight.

STEP TWO

Start with the lighter shade and apply to areas you’d like to soften, brighten and slim down. To create dimension, apply concealer under the eyes, down the bridge of the nose and to the centre of the forehead - an inch short of your hairline.

STEP THREE

To create the illusion of defined, sculpted cheekbones, move on to the darker shade. Starting at the top of your ear, draw a line down your cheekbone, stopping in-line with your pupil to avoid an overly heavy look.

STEP FOUR

Blend everything together lightly and quickly with the Seamless Foundation Buffing Brush. Start with the lighter shade using gentle tapping motions, then move on to the darker, contouring shade to bring out your features.

STEP FIVE

Wherever the light naturally hits your face – so the tops of cheekbones, browbones, the bridge of the nose and the Cupid’s Bow – blend in your chosen highlighter with your fingertips. The warmth from your fingers will help to create a seamless, radiant finish.

CONTOURING – THE DO’S AND DONT'S

Pro-Glow Strobing Drops
DO…

– Match your skin’s undertone with the undertones in your bronzer, highlighter and concealer.

– Choose powder bronzer and highlighter if you are new to contouring.

– Use the right brushes to blend, buff and create a natural finish.

– Apply sparingly and know which areas you want to sculpt, shade and highlight.

Quick Colour Contour Supergel
DON’T…

– Contour if you don’t need to – just conceal and highlight instead.

– Be too heavy-handed – less is more.

– Mix powder and cream textures together – the finish may look too overdone.

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