Contouring Basics (using Concealers)

Contouring basicsHi, all. AnnaRose here again. I’m sure you all have seen the dramatic Instagram befores and afters of highlighting and contouring with concealers à la Kim Kardashian, and it seems pretty intense and intimidating. I wanted to show you guys a way to contour your face in a similar, but simpler, way.

Contouring with concealers - the essentialsContouring basics using concealers! For this technique you will need three concealers. I love the ones by NYX; they are affordable and come in a great variety of colors. You will need one that is your color, one slightly darker, and one slightly lighter (I usually try to go one or two shades in either direction, but not much more then that). 

Contouring basics using concealers! 1. Apply your base as you usually do (this could be tinted moisturizer, BB cream, or a light foundation).

Contouring basics using concealers! 2. Conceal any problem areas, like dark circles or blemishes. 

Contouring basics using concealers! Contouring basics using concealers! 3. Find your cheekbone with your fingers, and apply three dots of the darker shade directly underneath. Do NOT make the fish face to find them; this will result in improper placement of the product (too low and too close to your mouth; this is a good rule of thumb no matter what contouring product you’re using). You can also dot it along your jawline and the top of your forehead for more sculpting. These places aren’t needed on everyone but if you feel like you want to define your jawline or make your forehead appear a little smaller, this is a great trick for that! 

Contouring basics using concealers! 4. Blend!! You can use your fingers or a brush; just blend, blend, blend!  

Contouring basics using concealers! Contouring basics using concealers! 5. Dot the highlight color onto cheekbones, inner corners of eyes, bridge of nose, and cupid’s bow. 

Contouring basics using concealers! Contouring basics using concealers! 6. Blend!! Same as last time; just make sure you clean your fingers or brush off first so that you don’t muddy the colors. 

Contouring basics using concealers! 7. Check in some good light to make sure that everything is smoothly blended, and then set with a translucent powder. 

Contouring basics using concealers! 8. Finish with some blush to warm up the face; this step is the icing on the cake! 

Contouring basics using concealers!
Contouring basics using concealers!Contouring basics using concealers! I hope that broke it down enough for you guys. I love to do this to my face when I know I’m going to be photographed, because it really adds dimension. It does take a little bit of practice to get it down, but it’s really simple once you get the hang of it. Always start light and build from there! Good luck! xo. AnnaRose

Credits// Author: AnnaRose Kern. Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions. If you use AnnaRosa’s styling tips, feel free to tag her on Instagram or Twitter @theannarose. 

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