I want to keep this blog celebrity-free (and it will be, promise), but one cannot deny the effect that the Kardashian’s had on the beauty world, namely with making contouring – an old makeup technique by the way – back to the masses.
Love them or hate them, the Kardashians (surprisingly, I am actually quite indifferent to them) brought back contouring to beauty in a big, big way – specifically Kim and her makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic.
And while I know many makeup artists hate this new contouring craze, I think it works well for her and looks especially great on tanned/olive/medium skintones.
Here’s how to get major Kardashian contouring:
- Find the right colors. For contouring, it’s vital to find colors that are in no way orange, bloatchy or streaky – it’s very important to get a good quality, fine powder. The Kardashians’ makeup artist uses Anastasia Beverly Hills Contouring Kit, a brand we don’t have here but is easily available online, and one I love is Make Up For Ever’s Sculpting Kit.
- Be very light handed. Don’t load too much product on your brush. Instead, start light and build up, which is way better than putting too much and trying to fix it.
- Know where to apply it. Apply your contour powder to your cheekbones, down the sides of your nose (starting from the edge of your brow) and on your temples. The image of Kim above shows it perfectly. You may also want to add some contour to your jawline which blends down to the sides of your neck.
- The key is to blend. Blend, blend, blend so it doesn’t look like harsh brown lines across your face. (The image above is pre-blend that Kim posted to show where she contours.)
- Remember to highlight. Contouring has to be finished off with highlight to complete the look. Highlight down the bridge of your nose, on your forehead above the area between your brows (again, see Kim above), your cupid’s bow, and down your chin. I’ve recommended some good highlighters here.
P.S. Check out my step-by-step guide on how to contour & highlight cheekbones.