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What makes Kevyn Aucoin the holy grail of contour?

What makes Kevyn Aucoin the holy grail of contour?
Team LF
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Sculpting and contouring has a long history in the beauty community. Although it has risen to prominence in recent years and become a staple step in many beauty routines, it was once a technique reserved for makeup artists to be used on models and celebrity clients.

Kevyn Aucoin had been practicing sculpting and defining with makeup for decades before the launch of his eponymous line – which in turn has become known for its array of contouring products which truly reflect natural skin tones.

Contouring is all about dimensions. It's about highlighting and deepening certain areas of the face for more drama and more definition Kevyn Aucoin - The Art of Makeup

Adding depth and highlighting the complexion allowed Aucoin to create a divine, sculpted effect which accentuated the bone structure of those he worked with for a truly captivating, dramatic look.

The secret to a beautiful, skin-like contour is the perfect cool-toned shade which mimics the natural undertones of our skin. Before the launch of Kevyn Aucoin Beauty, finding such a product was near impossible.

Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder

The Sculpting Powder was one of the first products to be released as part of Kevyn Aucoin Beauty line up and has possessed cult beauty product status ever since. Even though more and more brands have released their own contouring products, The Sculpting Powder is still a firm favourite for makeup artists, beauty editors and beauty lovers.

Unlike many contouring products, The Sculpting Powder truly mimics shadows on the complexion. Kevyn Aucoin's original formulation blends brown, red and grey pigments to create a natural shadow on the skin, creating the illusion of a more defined, sculpted visage.

The sheer formula glides over the skin and blends seamlessly for an ultra-natural, undetectable contour.

From The Sculpting Powder, Kevyn Aucoin has developed a whole range of sculpting products which enhance and define without looking heavy on the skin. Whether you want to add subtle definition or create a truly dramatic, contoured look, Kevyn Aucoin contour products are the secret to a beautifully sculpted complexion.

Natural Contour and Highlight

For natural, soft definition, Kevyn Aucoin cream and liquid contour products are virtually undetectable on the skin. If you hope to subtly accentuate your cheekbones or softly create the appearance of fuller lips, liquid formulations are beautiful as they blend seamlessly into the skin.

The Liquid Contour Wand is a blendable, subtle take on Kevyn Aucoin's iconic Sculpting Powder. The serum-like formula glides across the skin, blending effortlessly to create natural definiton. Housed in a pen-like applicator, the product can be swiped onto cheeks and blended out with your fingers to create a natural looking shadow on the skin. Apply underneath your cheekbones, along the jawline and onto your temples for a soft, sculpted finish.

For a beautiful, lit-from-within glow, follow the Liquid Contour Wand with The Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting Highlighter. The luxurious gel-cream texture illuminates the skin, adding a delicate, natural-looking highlight.

Beautiful when worn alone or mixed with foundation, the Liquid Lighting Highlighter glosses over the skin, leaving behind a subtle pearlescent shimmer. Tap onto the top of your cheekbones, on your cupid's bow and on the bridge of your nose for a gorgeous natural glow.

Dramatic Sculpt and Glow

Layering cream and powder products is the perfect way to create a truly dramatic, sharp contoured look. Begin by applying the contour shade of the Creamy Glow Duo to the hollows of the cheeks, temples and along the jawline and the highlighting shade on the high points of the face and blending seamslessly into the skin.

Follow the cream products with powder contour and highlight. Take The Sculpting Powder on the Kevyn Aucoin Contour Brush and apply onto the areas you have contoured, deepening the shadows you have created.

Complete the dramatic look with The Celestial Powder from Kevyn Aucoin and apply on top of your cream highlight. Layering the powder highlight on top of the liquid creates an ultra-glowy finish that lasts all day.

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