Five Simple Steps to Contouring

Ever wonder how Kim Kardashian’s features just pop out at you? Okay, yeah, freakishly good genes and heaps of botox have something to do with it, but you might be surprised to know how much skillfully-applied make-up plays a role in this celebrity beauty’s beauty. And now, you too can learn the tricks of the trade and look just like her! Well, no, not exactly like her, but we can tell you how to apply  make-up like she does. In just four simple steps, you’ll learn how to sculpt those cheekbones, define those eyes, and make everyone think you’ve spent the day at the doctor’s office! (in a good way). So without further adue: the five most simple steps to contouring!

What You’ll Need:

  1. Your existing foundation
  2. Two stick foundations: one that’s two shades darker than your overall color, and one that’s two shades lighter.

Step 1: A Clean Start

Using your fingertips or a Kabuki brush, apply foundation to even out your skin. No need to for drag queen style coverage; just a uniform base.

Step 2: Shade Away

Using your fingertips or a foundation brush, apply your darker foundation in the places where your face would naturally be shadowed from the sun:

  • Right below your hairline at the top of your forehead.
  • On the right and left sides of your forehead, near your hairline on either side.
  • Along the right and left sides of your nose.
  • In the hollows of your cheeks (right under your cheekbones).
  • Along your jawline on both sides, from your ears to the tip of your chin.

Step 3: Time to Blend

Using a foundation brush or makeup sponge, blend the area of the contour color, merging it into your base foundation.  Be careful not to spread the colors around too much; you want them to stay in the general area where you placed them. Make sure the edges are blended well so that there are no obvious divisions between the lighter and darker colors.

Step 4: Lighten Up

Apply the lighter foundation stick underneath your eyes, in the center of the forehead, on the chin, and the bridge of the nose; blend any excess product with a makeup sponge or foundation brush.

Step 5: Dust in the Wind

With a fluffy brush, dust your entire face with loose powder. Translucent  powder is best to use when your products are cream-based; it helps to keep the makeup in place and gives the look a smooth finish. Use a clean powder brush to add a light coating of setting powder over your entire face.

And viola! The perfect contoured face! See, you too can look like a celebrity with just a few simple steps! Now, if only it were that easy to access their bank accounts…..

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