Contouring. A phrase almost every single millennial knows about. A make up technique made famous by the Kim Kardashian. Contouring or sculpting is a technique using concealer, bronzer and foundation in order to ‘sculpt’ or enhance your face rather than getting surgery. You can sharpen your jawline or make your cheekbones look more defined – you can even give the effect that your nose looks slimmer. Most make up trends come and go: baking, tin man nose, strobing..however contouring seems to have stayed.¬† Here is our very own masterclass on the perfect contour.

Getting Started

Like anything – the base is the most important. Chose a good primer that wont cause your make up to slide over your face after an hour of wearing it. A primer with SPF is also great to keep your skin young and healthy.

if you are wearing eye shadow it is much easier to this before applying your foundation as you can easily brush away fall out or excess. Then you can apply your foundation and concealer as you normally would.

The Kit

What you’ll need:

  • Existing Foundation
  • Really pale concealer
  • Really dark foundation
  • Bronzer
  • Highlighter
  • Brushes
  • Sponge/ Beauty Blender


Face Mapping

With you darker foundation, mark the edges of your forehead/hairline, the dip below your cheekbones and finally from the edge of your eyebrow down the side of your nose.

With your pale concealer, mark out your T-zone which is across your forehead then down the middle of your nose, above your cheekbone, under your eyes and in the middle of your chin.


Slightly dampen your beauty blender and dab or tap the areas of your face you have mapped out with the make up. This will blend the harsh lines into the foundation  for a more natural finish. Use the larger end of your sponge for areas on your cheeks and forehead and the small tip of the sponge for your nose and underneath your eyes and chin for more precision.


Powder, shimmery highlight will really bring out the work of the contour when the light catches it. You want to highlight the top of your cheekbones and eyebrows, the tip of your nose, inner corners of your eyes and your cupids bow on your lips.


In order to set the make up, use translucent powder to best secure it all in place. Or for a more dewy look use setting spray. This is like hairspray for your face to keep everything in place all day long.