Fashion Magazine: How To Contour For Daytime

Fashion Magazine Beauty Panel Challenge 102

Now and then, I love a good sculpted makeup look, however my day-to-day look is slightly softer. I like to use cream products when contouring. I find them easier to blend and build, then intensify with powder which also helps to set and hold my makeup. Take a look below at my basic contour/highlight makeup routine.

Step 1: After applying skincare spritz Smashbox’s primer water on skin, follow with foundation and concealer. I mainly use my fingers to apply my foundation and then blend it out with the beauty blender.

Step 2: Using a matte taupe/brown shade, blend the cream along the jaw line and just below the cheek bones; then blend with the beauty blender up toward the ears. This sculpts the face without looking overly contoured. Next, take a cream highlighter and pat it on to the highest point of the cheekbones, along the bridge of the nose, onto the point of the chin and the cupid's bow of lips.

Step 3: Using very little powder, lightly dust on a translucent powder along the t-zone to set cream products and to control shine.

Step 4: To add a bit more definition and help increase the hold of the makeup, layer powder over cream products. Use a tapered powder brush and pick up a small amount of product from the taupe or matte bronzer. Tap any excess powder off. Sweep the brush upwards along the hollows of the cheek. For a more defined jaw, dust bronzer just below the jaw line and down the neck. Just don't over do it. A light application is best!

Products Used: Beauty Blender, Smashbox “Primer Water”, Giorgio Armani Maestro foundation, Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer #2, Kevyn Aucoin “The Creamy Glow Duo #4”, MAC Cosmetics “Taupe”, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette “Incandescent Light”, Laura Mercier “Translucent Powder”. 

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Credits: Photo - Julie Bajic / Makeup + Hair - Katie Elwood

Katie is a makeup artist based in Vancouver BC, represented by Lizbell Agency. She has been in the Vancouver beauty scene for 10 years, and in love with makeup for most of her life. When she is not painting faces she writes for her blog and is a contributor for Fashion Magazine.