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The Ultimate Lazy Girl Make up Routine: How to Contour

Right, so let’s get one thing straight, everyone is a bit daunted by contouring to start with.

After all, there’s different shades and we don’t know where to put them on our face!

The girls on Instagram (cue the Kardashians and their glam squad) make it look so easy.

The good news is, the more you practice the better you’ll get. With this step-by-step guide you’ll have the art of contouring mastered before you know it.

1. Apply concealer.

If you have any dark spots or dark circles under your eyes make sure to apply concealer. 

This will act as a colour corrector to brighten and lift the colour of that area.

A general rule of thumb, use yellow tinted concealers to hide dark spots and green to neutralize redness (commonly found on the nose and chin). Use a concealer brush like the one from Isadora for a smooth, natural finish.

2. Apply foundation.

The next stage is easy too, apply your standard foundation as you normally would.

The Klara CC Cream 8-in-1 Mineral Foundation comes highly recommended as it gives a full coverage but is also light giving a luminous, demi-matte finish.

Blend this in with a blush, we love the Nascita Bronzy Foundation Brush (it has a super cute bronze finish to the brush itself) or try a sponge blender such as the one by Prestige Cosmetics, it is tear shaped to reach all the areas of the face – whichever you find easier to use.

If there are still a couple of areas to touch up and cover a little further, apply the L'Oreal Paris True Match Concealer.

This liquid concealer is an absolute dream – it’s available in tons of shades, it’s long lasting and it’s small enough to fit in your purse, so great when you’re on the go.

If you prefer, there is a powder version too, L’Oreal Paris True Match Powder.

3. Choose your highligher and contour shades.

Once your face is prepped and primed it’s time to get the highlighter and contour products out.

When it comes to the highlighter, choose a colour that is two shades lighter than your natural skin tone.

For your contour, pick one that is two shades darker than your natural skin tone.

Remember this and the whole process will be a lot easier! Be sure to try the IsaDora Face Sculptor this powder palette features a contour, highlighter and also a bronzer shade.

The Professional Make Up Highlight and Contour Wonder Stick from experts NYX is really convenient too!

If you prefer a liquid highlighter the Bourjois Sculpt Light Highlighter is super illuminating and sculpting.

4. Apply the highlighter

 It’s now time to highlight.

There are key zones to apply the highlighter and these are under the eyes, down the bridge of the nose, the t-zone (lower forehead and in between the eyebrows), along the top of the cheekbones, the cupids bow and middle of the chin.

Dot the highlighter in these areas and blend gently into the foundation.

Build the product to suit you your face shape.

5. Choose your shape.

Determine your face shape and go with it! If you have a rounder shape you will want to counteract this with sharper lines of the contour.

Your key areas are the sides of the forehead, cheek bones and jawline to define.

For a longer, oval shaped face you might want to focus on the cheekbones and the bridge of the nose.

For heart shapes (the forehead is the widest area of the face) you’ll want to focus on the bottom half of the face to even out the width.

6. Apply the contour.

Now it’s time for the contouring and be sure to have your face shape in mind when doing this, for the best results.

Common areas to contour include the hairline and forehead; apply a strip of colour in the middle of the forehead and blend to make it appear smaller.

Next is cheekbones; suck in your cheeks and use this as a guide, under the cheekbones apply the colour and blend into the concealer.

Don’t forget to dab a small amount on the sides of the nose and gently blend into the bridge where it meets the highlighter, and at the tip for a sleeker looking nose.

7.Set the look.

 Now everything is in place, finish with the GOSH Donoderm Prime`n Set Spray. The contour will stay all day and night!