This contouring trend has been on a roll for a few years now, showing no signs of stopping. No matter how many professional makeup artists tell us it’s not a technique meant for everyday makeup, we’re not gonna listen, are we?
Because of this ‘more is more’ mentality that we see with each new contouring mini-tutorial on Instagram, I want to at least set the record straight when it comes to proper cream contouring technique.
Unless you’re a beauty guru and travel around with your lighting system, high-tech camera and photo/video editing technology on you at all times, chances are that you find it hard to translate the tutorials you see on YouTube into real life application. This is because when you step out of the perfect ambiance of a beauty ring light and into real-life, no-secrets daylight, you find that heavy cream contouring or using two foundation shades to sculpt your skin is not the most flattering application of makeup.
Fortunately, Anastasia’s Cream Contour Kits make shaping the face a breeze!
The kit pictured is the one most suited to my skin tone, Fair, but kits are also available in Light, Medium, and Deep. This is advantageous to us, the consumers, because not everyone can use the same two shades! If you’re more interested in the powder contour kits from Anastasia, check out that review here.
Each kit comes with 6 shades – 3 for contouring, and in Fair’s case, 3 for highlighting. Fair and Soft Light, the two shades on the top row that look like concealers, are made to highlight the high planes of the face: cheekbones, forehead, chin, Cupid’s bow, and bridge of the nose. The center shade on the top row, called sheer porcelain, can go on the same areas/anywhere you want to add a neutral shimmer.
The contour colors, called Fawn, Mink, and Shadow, are best worn under the cheekbones, on temples, sides of the nose, and under the jawline. I usually decide which shade to contour with based on 1) how dramatic of an effect I’m looking for, and 2) how much color my skin has at the time.
Always contour based on your face shape’s particular needs. Not sure which face shape you have? Draw large shapes in the air with your finger in front of your face- a heart, a circle, an oval, a square, a triangle. Whichever shape your face fits in most comfortably is the right shape for you. Individual contour placements for each face shape can be found readily online.
I see a lot of clients trying to get coverage AND contour from one product, and I’m afraid you need to layer a little. If you’re going for a daytime or natural contour, apply a light-medium foundation first, then use a light hand and synthetic brush to apply your dark and light shades. Blend with a clean blending brush or beauty blender, whichever you prefer!
Are you after a dramatic or night time contour? After your regular skincare/priming regimen, but before foundation, sculpt your face with a heavier hand. A flat concealer brush is ideal for color placement, and don’t worry about blending yet! When you are finished, apply your foundation directly on top with a damp beauty blender. This will softly blend the structure you’ve created underneath, but still leave a strong contour.
Remember, always blend your contour into your hairline and behind your ears. There’s nothing worse than when everyone else can tell exactly where your makeup stops and starts!
Anastasia’s smooth, creamy formula is perfect for these techniques! The colors go on smoothly, blend easily, and have beautiful, natural undertones. No bright orange contour here!
These Cream Contour Kits are a staple in my kit, and I know you could make good use of them as well.
PS. I have roughly 1837363 products to review for you guys. No more slacking! There’s lots of new stuff coming sooner than you think ?