Contouring is not something I do often because frankly, I suck at it. I never understood where the darker shade is meant to go, where the lighter shade was meant to go, what product to use, are they meant to be shimmery or matte ….. and so on. The other week lovely NARS International Artist, Janice Daoud, was visiting Australia for a promotional tour after completing an amazing job backstage at New York Fashion Week. I took the opportunity to absorb as much of her wisdom as I could. One outstanding technique she spoke about was the NARS contouring and highlighting technique using the new NARS Concealer. Today I am going to tell you how to master that technique.
What You Will Need
For the most effective results, it is best to go to your local NARS counter (check stockist details below if you don’t know yours) and get your skin tone/foundation colour matched before buying any products. Once you have done that, you will need the following items:
- NARS Concealer 2 shades lighter than your skin tone
- NARS Concealer 2-4 shades darker than your skin tone
It is best you don’t use a brush so leave that aside.
This technique is used globally by the talented NARS makeup artists. The new NARS Concealer is very creamy and the lipstick shaped packaging makes it really easy to apply.
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1654"] The official face chart. Click to view larger version.[/caption]
Step 1: If you use primer, prime your face as usual but stop there.
Step 2: Using the concealer 2 shades lighter than your skin tone, draw an upside down triangle shape under your eyes, another upside down triangle from the middle of your forehead down to between your eyebrows and a normal triangle on your chin. Blend out by patting.
Step 3: Using the concealer 2-4 shades darker than your skin tone, draw a line directly under each cheekbone and a line just above each temple. Again blend out by patting.
Step 4: Once the contouring is perfected, apply your foundation or tinted moisturizer where needed. If you like a full face of makeup just go straight over your contouring, it will still come through, promise!
NOTE: If you prefer powder contouring products than don’t use this method under liquid foundation/tinted moisturizer. Use on top instead.
How easy is that?!?