This is not a fancy Kylie Jenner, foundation-sponge using contouring tutorial. This is the easiest, peasiest 5 minute contour guide that will have you looking like you drank a venti soy latte with an extra shot of espresso. It’s the ultimate 5-minute face-lift.
Last time we just did “on your way out the door” makeup. It was also a quick 5-minute tutorial because who has more… But a contour base can be for every day OR for a special day or night. Let’s begin with a bare face that is freshly toned and moisturized. Then it’s time for the magic of making you a crisper you.
What’s the first step? After applying a foundation base, it’s highlighting! Think triangles.
Draw upside-down triangles under the eyes, on the forehead, and on the chin. Use a concealer shade about 1-2 shades lighter than your skin tone. Any more than that and you are on the verge of a too bright raccoon-eye mess.
The thought here is that we want the wider part of the triangle (at the top) to bring the eyes up. We want to give the illusion that everything is lifted, just like how you feel after your morning cup of coffee. You want to look like you feel ready to tackle the day! For extra “up”, add some concealer at the bottom outer corners of your mouth. Draw your line diagonal and UP! (Remember how we said contour was like a face-LIFT.) Last, draw a quick line on the center of your nose.
Tips: Want it to look longer? Draw the line longer. Want it to look shorter? Stop your line just before where the tip of your nose is.
Get a concealer about 1-2 shades darker than your skin tone. Any more than 2 shades and you will be looking at a muddy mess not a pretty contour.
Forget those triangles, we are doing lines here. Draw two lines on your nose- on both sides of your line down the middle. Then, find your cheekbones and draw a line directly under them. You can easily do this with a pencil (or crayon) by finding your bone and then putting the utensil right under it. That’s where your darker shade will go. Put another line along your jawbone. Draw UP.
Then, go back to your highlighting concealer and put a line in between those. You are creating the illusion of your cheekbone popping, and that highlighter is helping it stand out.
Tip: Want your nose to look shorter? Add your darker concealer at the tip of your nose. Want it to look skinnier? Make your two lines on the sides a little bit closer to the line down the middle.
Blend and blend some more. Don’t worry about those germy sponges. Use your fingers to blend the concealers together. When I went to take this picture, my little girl popped right up for the cheese!
Tips: For the nose, blend from the bridge of your nose down. All other areas, I just carefully blend the hues together so that there are no lines. If a sponge is your thing, by all means use it. It is supposed to give the most flawless, airbrushed look. But as a mama, my fingers are faster and I don’t have time to wash the sponge after every time I use it.
After blending your concealers, set it with some sheer or translucent powder and add a darker crease color on your eyes and a slightly lighter color on your lid. Use an eye primer for longer lasting effects.
This is part of a contour look as well, because you are drawing attention to your lids, which makes your eyes look more open and awake! Highlights. Don’t forget blush on the apples of your cheeks.
Add a lip color and some mascara and you are ready to actually go stand in that Starbucks line to get a well-earned coffee.
Just don’t forget that you look great with or without make-up. Any contour addition is gravy and should make you feel better about you. To keep this look going bring your sheer powder and lip products for touch-ups. You are looking good!