Contouring for dummies

Contouring is not my forte. At all. In fact, as a beauty blogger I would wholeheartedly say I do NOT consider myself to have skills akin to that of a make-up artist. Which is why you will pretty much never see any sort of tutorial from me – I love products yes, but I am not an expert at application – I tend to apply how it works for me and just go with the finished look. Sure, I have picked up some little tips and tricks over the years – but would never say I was any sort of expert at applying or at the sort of technical side of make-up. I have dabbled in a bit of contouring, but my usual fear of making myself look like I have a bit of a beard growing usually puts me off. But I decided to brave it again, with the help of a video tutorial to try and guide me away from five O’Clock shadow and into the world of sculpted cheek bones and giving myself a radiant glow…



I did have the help of this little booty of kit, courtesy of World Duty Free – all of which are items you can pick up on your way to jetting off somewhere very glam where contouring might be needed.

Starting with the Givenchy Teint Couture to even the skin out and make it a little more flawless – this foundation is lovely by the way if you like a light base and have skin on the slightly drier side. It’s really hydrating and lasts really well. The texture looks and feels really light on the skin and leaves it with a big of a subtle glow. Then for the under-eye area I added a touch of the Clarins Instant Light Brush on Perfector – which quickly and easily brightens the under-eye area and giving it a big of a ‘lifted’ look.

Then it was time for the contouring – I personally think that the trick with contouring is a lot about the tools you use as much as the product. To add a bit of a contour to the hollow of the cheek my favourite brush to use is the Contour brush from the Real Techniques Core Collection – it’s the perfect shape to be precise with colour (thus avoiding the too dark/beard look) but big enough to blend and avoid the ‘stripe’ look.

For the shadow I was using the Bobbi Brown bronzer in the shade Golden Light. This is a good shade for my paler skin-tone as it’s not too orange, but also not too dark at the same time. I then added a pop of colour to the top of the cheeks – I opted to use the pinky blush shade from the YSL palette over the slightly duskier rose shade from L’ancome. The L’ancome shade is really pretty but I felt the pop of pink was a bit more flattering my pale skin. I then reached for the Clarins Instant Light Brush on Perfector to add a little extra radiance to the tops of the cheek.

For the eyes I went for a bit of a smokey natural look – with the two shadow shades from the YSL palette. The peachy shade all over the lid (love this colour) and then the shimmering bronze closer to the lash line and in the crease to add a bit of smoke. The plan was to then top off with the Lacnome Hypnose Star – one of my all time favourite mascaras (seriously, it’s amazing) but as I have lash extensions at the moment I did skip this step.

What’s your view on contouring? To be honest, I’m never going to go down the whole Kim-K route of fashioning an entirely new shape of face using products. So the effect I went for is on the subtle side as I prefer the approach of a little slimming here and a little glowing there… definitely appeals to me and something I’d really like to master properly.

Products provided by World Duty Free



  1. josie
    May 7, 2014 / 6:52 pm

    This is so helpful – thanks I really need to try this 🙂

    Josie xoxo | Fashion Mumblr

  2. May 8, 2014 / 2:24 am

    Thank you so much for the tips!
    I love seeing new tips on contouring there are so many products are methods out there love learning new things!
    xo Holly xo


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