Cult of Vanity: The trick to Kendall Jenners contour perfection  

A freshman generation of degenerate beauty queens

Taylor Donovan Blog Writer for Cult of Vanity:

A social butterfly that is consumed by wanderlust. Taylor loves her dog; Bentley, a good bottle of wine and is hung up on hot yoga.

You can witness her encounters on Instagram @tayy_avery

 

Contouring:

The only time being shady is acceptable. Loved by many and butchered by most, contouring has exploded into a full-on makeup phenomenon.

 

This makeup technique used by professionals and everyday women is one of the easiest ways to enhance your already fabulous facial features. It slims your face and creates definition and illumination to create a sleek, sculpted look. Extreme contour queens rule on Instagram, they have adoring followers dying to know their techniques. Contouring has changed my life, and for all the confused “contouer-ers” out there, I can help you.

I have taken all of the tips from the queens of Instagram and put together a how-to contour guide to getting flawless contour like our idol Kendall Jenner. Key word is blend ladies!

Tip #1: Choose the right shade palette

The number one mistake girls make when it comes to contouring is that a lot of women choose the wrong shade to contour with. The key is stay within two shades of your natural skin tone. Too dark or too light will look terrible in any sort of natural light.

This goes for highlighting, too. Avoid too-white highlighters, which can end up looking unnatural. The purpose of highlighting is to accentuate certain areas of the face and give skin a dewy appearance. When you use an unnatural looking highlighter it defeats that purpose especially when paired with a contour.

Not sure what “two shades” means exactly? Ask for a foundation shade scale next time you’re at a beauty counter, and use that as your reference.

Tip #2: Use the right tools

An important step in creating a flawlessly contoured face, are the tools you use. For example, the beauty sponge will become your best friend when you begin contouring. Use a beauty sponge to blend and make your makeup look much more natural. The proper way of using a beauty sponge is to spray it with water then apply it to the face.

If you want a really professional-looking contoured face, you should use a flat top brush. This brush applies foundation perfectly, regardless of whether it’s cream, liquid, or powder. Flat top brushes give you better control over your makeup and create an impeccable look.

Tip #3: Focus on the nose

 A general tip for contouring is to focus on your nose. Sculpting your nose makes a huge difference in the overall appearance of your face. To sculpt your nose, draw two lines down either side of your nose, starting at the edge of your eyebrow. Then, blend using bronzer to make it look more natural. Dab the sides of your nose with your brightening concealer and blend.

Tip #4: Don’t be shy to use concealer

 One of the best face contouring tips I ever learned was that concealer wasn’t just made for underneath my eyes to combat dark circles, but also anywhere on my face that had shadowing. For instance, right under the nose is a great place to apply concealer to hide any redness most of us have. In fact, the best places to put concealer to contour your face are underneath the eyes, between the eyebrows, and all over the eyelids.

Tip #5: Foundation is key

The important tip for face contouring is to pick a good base foundation that works for your skin. You can buy pricey products if you like, but it is more important to get a foundation that is two things: non-greasy and one that blends well. The foundation sets everything into place.

Tip #6: A touch of sun

After applying foundation only apply a touch of bronzer on the balls of the cheeks and then lightly extend upward towards the cheekbone. Don’t apply bronzer all over the face. It will take away from the contouring effect and give you a false tan look. Bronzer is meant to accent your features, not cover your entire face.

If you have any tips or questions about contouring comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I am done contouring. My final words of today are blend ladies!

 

The links of the beauty tools spoken about in todays post are below:

http://www.sephora.com/beautyblender

http://www.sephora.com/bareskin-perfecting-face-brush-P385437?skuId=1600360

 

Taylor Donovan Blog Writer for Cult of Vanity:

A social butterfly that is consumed by wanderlust. Taylor loves her dog; Bentley, a good bottle of wine and is hung up on hot yoga.

You can witness her encounters on Instagram @tayy_avery

 

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