Top tips for the perfect contour

You might not have been blessed with the perfectly sculpted cheekbones of Angelina Jolie or Sarah Jessica Parker, but there are a few secrets up our sleeve we’re dying to share with you. Few developments have changed the face of beauty as much as the rise of the cheekbone and if there is one way to really amplify your look it’s highlighting and contouring. 

In order to create a truly three-dimensional polished look you will need to embrace some new and fantastic products. With so much on the market these days it can be hard to choose. But whether you go for a cream, powder or liquid there remains one constant to get the perfect finish – brushes and sponges. You can’t get your contour on fleek without having these awesome tools in your arsenal. Just quietly we’ll admit – when we first added contouring to our makeup regime we struggled too. Beauty bloggers make it look so easy right?!

There’s no need to go overboard here – we don’t want to be looking like Kim Kardashian just to go to breakfast or head to work. It’s all about the light and subtle look and feel.

1. Start with your normal foundation base and work from there.
With a darker colour than your foundation base trace your temples, under your cheekbones, slightly under your jawline, under the middle of your lower lip and down either side of your nose. If you have a shorter nose try drawing the line narrower at the tip and closer to the brow to add length. Your aim here is to create a shadow to trick the eyes and emphasise not just the cheeks but also your face as a whole.

2. Grab your trusty beauty blender.
Our picks are Real Techniques Miracle Sculpting Sponge or if you haven’t grasped the concept of blending with a sponge (it can be a little bit of a tricky one to get) we suggest using the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush, which is conveniently available in the Real Techniques Sculpting Set. This set is perfect if you’re just starting out and looking for a few basic tools to get the job done. The tools are specially designed to help create defined contours with the Miracle Sculpting Sponge doubling as a tool for highlighting too! For best results dampen your blender or brush and merge it with your foundation using small circular motions.

3. Light it up.
Now for some illumination, here’s where you can have some fun and add some sparkle and shine! With a shade lighter than your foundation create some lines down the centre of your nose, on the bow of your lip, under your cheekbone contour and between your cheek contour and eye. Blend the product with a dampened Real Techniques Miracle Sculpting Sponge for a dewy look to created a nice and subtle but sharp look. If you accidentally apply too much highlighter don’t fret, Real Techniques Mini Eraser Sponges come to the rescue. These little guys can blend away any excess product without ruining your brand new look. To complete your look grab your Real Techniques Setting Brush in the Sculpting Set and sweep on powder to set any liquid and creams product to avoid cracking and crumbling.

Optional Finishing Touch
Some people love it, some people don’t. Personally we can’t help but add a little rose to our cheeks. To create the perfect finishing touch, grab your Real Techniques Blush Brush and gently sweep your cheeks with your favourite blush. Purple, pink, bronze, whatever you like.

The best part about contouring is you're really just accentuating what you already have. So work those brushes and sponges and create a look to die for.