How to Do a Subtle Contour Makeup Look–The Secret is in the Formula

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A contour makeup kit looks like it is a necessity for every woman but if you are not facing the camera every day, it can be too much. The best contour makeup is one that does not look like you contoured. Yes, you have done your makeup successfully if your friends and officemates cannot tell you have tried to add cheekbones with a good contour kit. Here are a few more tips on how to subtly contour your cheeks. Quick tip: Go for the best cream contour!

1. Go creamy

Cream products always blend into skin better than powder. That is why even in blush or highlight products, it is well loved. It always looks natural. Dot a little at a time below your cheekbones instead of drawing one straight line. Blend, blend, blend. And then blend some more!

Makeup artist’s tip: Use a foundation stick rather than a contour product that is only two shades darker than what you use for a more natural colour.

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2. Blend it with your blush and highlighter

Make your makeup look seamless by making sure there are no sections to your cheek makeup. Resist the urge to section off your cheeks: highlight, blush, and contour. Check that there are no harsh lines. Working with similar textures in products, especially creams and liquids, can help with blending these three together.

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3. If you will powder, choose wisely

Some women really prefer the powder finish to makeup. Perhaps it is a case of skin type or the humid Singapore weather, but be sure to choose powder that is not cake-y. Avoid shades that are too dark, too brown, and too orangey.

The Chanel Les Beige Healthy Glow Luminous Colour is a powder bronzer and highlighter that has illuminating pigments so skin will not look flat and drawn.

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Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow on the other hand is well loved by Hollywood makeup artists because it always looks natural, no matter the skin tone.

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4. Don’t be afraid to mix shades

Most makeup artist do not just use one shade when it comes to contour. They mix a couple to achieve the most natural shadow that does not look drawn. This is where a palette like NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette comes in handy because you can customise the shade for you with just one purchase. It is also great on the budget.

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