Here at Grazia Daily, we’ve always believed in faking it ‘til you make it. Need to convince someone you can cook? Just bin the M&S wrappers. Told someone you were an expert on something only to realise they want to know more? Hello, Wikipedia. Thanks to the magic of make up, you can give yourself the chiselled cheekbones you’ve always dreamed of. Contouring’s been the hottest word in beauty ever since Kim and co stepped onto the scene, but this seemingly tricky art can be made simple, and more importantly, speedy. Peruse our tips, product recommendations and expert advice to get that supermodel Cupid’s bow and lit-from-within complexion you’ve dreamed of...
1. If you’re fair skinned, go for a lighter, more bronze shade
Choosing the right shade is key making sure the effect is flawless, rather than, er, stripy. Lighter skin tones can try something like the Chantecaille Compact Soleil in Capri (£36.00, Space NK) for a softer look.
2. Medium skin tones can go for a more tan colour
Choose something like the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium (£35.00, Space NK) for warmer skin tones. The darker shade has a pigment that will more closely match the undertone of your skin for a seamless finish.
3. Darker skin tones can opt for a deeper shade
To get the look on darker skin tones, try the new NARS Contour Blush in Gienah (£30.00, www.narscosmetics.co.uk), which has two shades that can either be blended together or used separately.
4. Know your skin type - powder may work best for oily skin
If your skin is prone to shine, when choosing your shade, it might be best to opt for a pressed powder formula to prevent looking a little more dewy than you’d like. Cream and liquid bronze and blush can still work, but if you’re looking to mattify your skin, go for a powder compact.
5. Dry skin types should reach for cream
Conversely, if your skin is drier, or powder can look cakey on you, a cream formula might work better, and be easier to blend onto thirsty skin. There’s no need to be afraid of working with these textures - use your fingers and work little by little to get the colour you want.
6. Highlighting brings out the contour
As a general rule, bronze should be applied in the hollows of your cheeks and on either side of your nose for the classic contour, but you can dab the excess on your brush just above your temples and on either side of your skin. If you use a highlighter, like the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Pearl, (£33.00, www.beccacosmetics.com) down the bridge of your nose, into a fan shape on your forehead, on your Cupid’s bow, across your cheekbones and on the centre of your chin, it will accentuate the contours of your face for a totally radiant, sculpted look. This now infamous photo of Kim ought to give you a few pointers...
7. Highlighting shades for darker skin tones
Pearly white isn’t for everyone - if your skin’s a warmer tone, try the MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Peach Lustre (£18.00, www.maccosmetics.co.uk, below left) , which comes in a handy pen applicator. The rich bronze tone is still bright enough to give you that candlelit look.
8. Get the right tools
You’re not going to get far without the right kit - avoid making a bronzed mess of things with a pointed brush, like the Charlotte Tilbury Powder and Sculpt Brush (£35.00, www.selfridges.com, above right), which is angled to help you get right into the contours of your face.
9. If in doubt, buff it out
Once you’ve carefully painted on your bronze and glow, buff everything with a big old brush to avoid any harsh lines and to get a totally flawless finish. Try the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (£9.99, Boots, below left) to blend in product.
10. Finally, don’t be afraid to cheat
Once you’ve mastered the art of contouring - and trust us, it’s not so tricky after some trial and error, you’ll probably never look back. However, for time-pressed or those without the patience, something like the Stila All Over Shimmer Duo in Kitten (£15.00, www.stilacosmetics.com, above right) might be the answer to your prayers. Dip into the darker side to shape, and the lighter side to highlighter, or blend together and sweep across your cheekbones for a perfect glow. Hey presto!