So, let’s talk about contouring. This can mean a bunch of different things, there is a really wide variety of contouring styles, tools, products that you can use to reach the desired effect. Lemme just stop you right there, and remind you that I am not Kim K, and so my version of contouring is some bronzer and some highlighter. That’s it. Done Son.
I’m going to start right off the bat with a suuuuper important disclaimer: I am not Kim K. I don’t have three hours and my own personal employed makeup artist to put my face on for me every single day. I freakin wish that this was the case, but it’s not. So therefore, when I say “Contour Queen”, i actually mean, “Kind of Sort Of Likes To Add A Lil’ Bit Of Depth to My Face Without Adding 45 Minutes Onto My Morning Routine Queen”. So, going forward, just keep that in mind.
So what kind of products to I like to use? It kind of depends, TBH. It depends on what kind of foundation I’m currently using. My current obsession, as you all know, is Tarte’s Airbrush Clay Foundation (powder), so I’m currently sticking with powdery contouring products. My favorite contouring bronzer, is The Balm Bahama Mama bronzing powder, which seems intense and really dark when you first look at it. It’s not that intense, I promise. This particular shade works for various skin tones/colors, my sista friends. My wife likes to tell me how white my face is allllll the time, so less is more with me. That’s why The Balm products are all so magical; they don’t offer a huge variety of shades, but the ones they do offer are super versatile (once again, a paraben and cruelty free makeup brand-reppin!).
The actual contouring part varies by my day and how sassy I’m feeling (higher sassy level=more bronzer-this can turn out badly or pretty well depending on the lighting I’m working with and how much coffee I’ve had). The brush that I use for contouring (and there are a billion out there, it’s all personal preference!), is Real Techniques Sculpting Brush, which does the trick real nicely. I simply add a small amount of bronzing powder to the brush, and gently brush it on starting from my ear, all the way down to mid face, just below my cheekbones. Where there is a dip in your face, from the cheekbone to your jaw line. I then add a little bit to my temples, and frame my face just a little bit with it. Minimal bronzer in these areas, ladies. We don’t want any Trump-tastic accidents happening by adding too much. Finally, I add just a teeeeeeensie tiny bit to either side of the bridge of my nose, usually I don’t put anymore actual product on the brush at this point, just use the bare brush. Any leftover product will be enough for the effect you want, I pinky promise.
If I could add one final tip to contouring, BLEND. Blend, girl, like your next glass of wine depends on it. There is literally nothing worse than someone commenting that it looks like you have an (artfully done) aggressive streak of orange flavored dirt on your damned face. It has happened to me before, it’s pretty traumatizing. LESS IS MORE, ladies (and gentlemen!). For reals. You always would rather under-do it than over-do it with the bronzing and contouring.
Finally, let’s talk about the highlighter part. If there was any makeup product to make a girl feel like a real life princess, it was highlighter. God Bless whoever invented the all glorious highlighter. And when I say highlighter, I don’t mean the three shades lighter than your skin tone foundation that people use. I mean the real, sparkly, shimmery, twinkling fairy dust stuff.
My Holy Grail, All Hail the Queen highlighter is once again from The Balm, Mary-Lou Manizer highlighting powder. I just use a cheap, Ulta brand highlighter brush. I brush some of the product on my forehead, nose, upper cheek bones, a teensy bit in between my nose and upper lip, and just a dash on my chin. For realz though, don’t add too much to your chin otherwise it will be way too intense and you will end up with the grease ball look.
If I’m using liquid foundation, I really enjoy Clinique’s Sculpting Highlighter Chubby Stick. It’s super blendable, goes on pretty smoothly, and is subtle and just straight up delightful. Downside is that you can’t use it with powder foundation, otherwise it gets cakey.
So there you have it, the dirty details on basic contouring, Non-Kim K status.
Do you have any ballin contouring tricks that I need to know? Any fun products that I have to have? Drop us a line, an idea, or a great can’t-live-without product.