For decades, Hollywood stars and celebrities have used contour and highlighting techniques to achieve stunning red carpet looks. The technique is no longer a makeup artist secret and has become part of the beauty mainstream; helping us all to achieve the cheekbones of our dreams.
What is contouring?
Contouring is a technique used to enhance the natural shadows of the face using makeup, creating more depth and the illusion of a different face shape.
Most commonly used to sculpt the cheekbones, contouring is also often used to sharpen the jawline and define the nose. Using cool-toned powders and creams to mimic the skin’s natural shadow, contouring creates dimension in the face and allows features to be enhanced.
A perfectly contoured face begins with the correct tools. With the right brush, even contouring beginners are able to achieve a truly gorgeous, sculpted look. Our very own lookfantastic Contour Brush has been specially designed to make contouring easy and it is our gift to you behind door number fifteen of your Beauty in Wonderland Advent Calendar.
Cut in a tapered shape, the lookfantastic Contour Brush is ideal for precision sculpting and highlighting, fitting perfectly under your cheekbones to enhance your natural bone structure. The dense bristles are also perfect for buffing out product, ideal for blending both cream and powder contour. With a gorgeous rose gold handle, our lookfantastic Contour Brush will look beautiful on your dressing table.
What contour product should I use?
Choosing the ideal contour and highlight depends on both your skin type and the look you are trying to create. For dry skin types or those hoping to achieve a more natural look, cream products are ideal.
Powder contours and highlighters are perfect for those with oily skin as they won't budge throughout the day.
For a truly dramatic and sculpted look, try layering your powder products over your cream contour and highlight. This will not only add great depth but will also increase the longevity of your look.
We’ve selected our favourite contour and highlighting products and gathered all our best sculpting tips so you can make the most of your lookfantastic Contour Brush.
How to contour and highlight like a pro
- After applying your favourite foundation, take the NYX Wonder Stick and, using the cool brown shade, draw thin lines underneath each cheekbone and along your jawline.
- Take your lookfantastic Contour Brush and buff the cream products into the skin in small circular motions to ensure the product does not move around.
- Following your cream, use the Illamasqua Sculpting Face Powder Duo to add further depth. Sweep the powder over each side of your face in a number ‘3’ motion beginning at your temples then taking the product down your cheekbones and along your jawline. Make sure all the products are beautifully blended to ensure a seamless finish.
- Finally, apply your favourite highlighter to the high points of your face: the top of your cheekbones, brow bone and on your cupid's bow.