No matter how many unblended contour selfies KKW posts or how many Pinterest how-to guides we save, we are still mystified when it comes to achieving that chiseled Instagram beauty look. All we want is a quick and easy master contouring guide that doesn’t require a ruler and 20+ beauty products. Is that too much to ask? (?!!)
Master Contouring In 3 Easy AF Steps
That’s why COSMO teamed up with Yardley to equip you with a foolproof contouring step-by-step. One that will have you walking out the door with Kim K-chiselled cheekbones in minutes.
1 Get lit
Pull your hair away from your face so that you are better able to see your face’s natural contours. Start off with a lighter shade to highlight the features you want to stand out. Use a foundation that is two shades lighter than your natural colour. With a foundation brush, sweep the foundation under your eyes and across the centre of your chin and forehead, on the apple of your cheeks (don’t know where they are? Just smile), and down the bridge of your nose.
TRY: Yardley Stayfast Foundation (here, in Almond). The foundation has an extended range of 15 shades, so you’re sure to find the perfect shade for you. It also has SPF20+ and provides all-day coverage that lasts up to 24 hours!
2 Add definition
Now, we create a contrast, by using a darker shade to accentuate the highlighted features. Choose a shade that’s two shades darker than your normal skin tone. Using a different foundation brush, define the hollows of your cheeks (not sure about where these guys are either? Just suck in your cheeks), and sweep across the sides of your nose along your cheekbones and hairline.
TRY: Yardley Stayfast Foundation (here, in Cinnamon). It’s 24-hour long-wearing formula which will ensure that you use less product, helping you to save cash moneys, and has SPF20+ to protect you from sun damage.
3 Merge it
Blend the darker shades with the same foundation brush you used to apply them, then use your other foundation brush to blend in the lighter shades. We want the colours to meld together, not to spread them around. You want them to stay in the areas where you’ve applied them, but to blend seamlessly where they join.
*This post was sponsored by Yardley
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