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Contouring for Summer

Contouring for Summer
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Contouring is always a gorgeous way to add definition and shape to the face. However, in Summer heavy contouring and powdery finishes can feel a little much. Update your contouring for Summer with our tips and favourite products.

Summer Contour Tips

There are 3 things we swear by for making your contour look perfectly subtle and glowing in Summer:

  1. Swap to liquid and creams. Bronzing serums, sheer gels and soft creams all give a gorgeous finish for Summer. They work really well with lighter coverage bases like BB Creams or Tinted Moisturisers and keep skin looking fresh and dewy rather than powdery.
  2. Apply in a '3'. Rather than harsh lines under cheekbones, applying in a 3 gives a softer look that will also help boost your Summer tan. A touch of your liquid contour shade under the cheekbones, onto the temples and under jawline in a '3' shape is  the easiest way to get the look.
  3. Blend with a sponge. Brushes can move liquid and cream makeup around too much, leaving streaks and brush marks. For flawless blending, use a damp makeup sponge and bounce it along the skin to soften all the edges.

The Best Bronzers for Contouring Summer

Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Curvy Contour 6g

The chubby pencil shape makes it so easy to apply and the creamy formula helps it blend beautifully. Plus, you just need to twist the end to sharpen, making it so easy to take with you on the go.

Illamasqua Gel Sculpt 8g (Various Shades) - Silhouette

This gel is amazingly cooling on the skin and its sheer formula gives the look of a totally natural shadow. Like the Chubby stick, just draw it onto the face before blending it out with a sponge.

NARS Cosmetics Laguna Liquid Bronzer 30ml

NARS Laguna is one of the most popular bronzers of all time but this liquid version is a dream for a fresher finish. It has a radiant finish for a natural glow that defines perfectly.

Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Gelée Bronzer 30ml

It is no surprise that Estée Lauder, whose Bronze Goddess collection is always a Summer favourite, came out with a bronzing serum this Summer. With a gel-cream formula, it gives gorgeous, buildable colour that is ideal for adding definition.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

To keep all of these bronzers looking flawless, you need to invest in a makeup sponge. This one from Real Techniques is one of the best; just dampen before bouncing onto the skin. Whatever cream or liquid formula you use, it gives a soft, natural finish.

Japonesque Liquid Lights (Various Shades)

Part way between a highlighter and a bronzer, this liquid illuminator is perfect for adding glow and shape to the face. It mixes perfectly with foundations for a subtle glow but also works really well along the cheekbones and temples to add shape.
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Major fan of scented candles, Make Up brushes and Highlighter. I’m always on the hunt for those Holy Grail products and my dressing table is covered in more beauty products than I like to admit. As an adopted Northerner originally from Brighton, I spend most my days wondering what all this rain is about. My hair isn’t grateful for the move. Currently loving: NIOD Photography Fluid