Gorgeous celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian come to mind when thinking of perfect contouring. In fact, we can probably thank these two stars for bringing this makeup art back to the mainstream. Today, a lot of women wish to create a similar polished and striking appearance to their bone structure with cosmetics but don't know exactly how to proceed.
With a little practice and the proper products, you, too, can achieve those high-cheekbones, razor-sharp jawline and radiant glow.
Celebrity makeup artist Scott Barnes is a contouring king with a bit of advice on how to approach the face:
"In general, I try to abide by a less-is-more mentality: You can always layer more on but it’s harder to take it off. It’s really all in the approach, though. I always see women applying powders and bronzers starting next to their nose. But the trick is to work from the outside of the face inward, rather than the other way around. This creates a halo effect and leaves a diamond shape of light in the center so your face appears a little more open. This will hide double chins and give you a visible bone structure so you don’t wind up looking old...."
That is superb advice, coming from the man who contours and highlights Jennifer Lopez's famous features. Other advice about the best contouring kits relates to the powders or creams themselves. You want to be able to apply a contouring shade that almost disappears into the bone structure; in other words, you don't want to see such a heavy line of demarcation. The work you are doing should appear seamless. So, blend, blend, blend! That step is key for a flawless contouring kit that delivers.
The contouring product considered by most to be the Ferrari of all others is Anastasia's Contour Kit. It retails for $40, and trust us - professional makeup artists and women everywhere love this kit and say it's worth every penny.
This 6-shade palette lives up to the hype. It comes complete with three shading powders and three highlighting powders. The powders appear matte and are great to knock back a shiny complexion and avoid break-outs, but even nicer are the added creaminess of these powders.
The Anastasia Contour Kit will give you a light natural-looking chiseled bone structure. There is nothing heavy or stiff about these powders. They are easy to layer and blend with enough pigment to create the finishing touch to a lovely and striking face.
To top it off, the six shades also moonlight as eye shadows. So, this is definitely a win-win for your makeup bag.
Of course, there are plenty of other highlighting and contouring products out there, but if you're just getting started with contouring, this kit will have almost every shade of skin covered and will be easy enough to blend for even the most novice of makeup artists. Have you tried it, or do you have any other favorite kits? Comment to tell us!