The 2010s was the decade when Kim Kardashian introduced us to the art of contouring. Scrolling through our Instagram feed, we were usually bombarded with heavily contoured faces. However, the makeup looks sweeping the ‘Gram right now are distinctly more light-handed, softer, and more natural.
With the rise of skin minimalism, soft-sculpting has risen to fame as the focus has shifted from heavy makeup to a subtle and lowkey vibe. The best bits? The technique just requires a few standout products to nail a dewy, healthy glow. So, to help you rock a celeb-esque sculpted look with fewer products, we are here to give you all the deets. Ahead, find tips for achieving a natural contour while letting your skin shine, from a perfectly flushed finish to a soft-focus application.
Bid adieu to over the top and heavily contoured makeup look with this easy trick. While many of us think that contouring means applying directly on the hollows of the cheek. However, the latest approach to contouring involves applying the bronzer or contour slightly above the hollows of the cheeks and blending it inwards to subtly add some warmth and lift the skin. To create a softer contour, start by applying a little bit of product and build it as necessary and be conscious of what your makeup will look like in the daylight.
If you’re not comfortable with contour sticks, using a foundation that’s half a shade or full shade darker will also do the trick and give you a second-skin finish. Grab the foundation and apply it using a beauty blender or a brush. You can sculpt foreheads, noses, cheekbones, and jawlines with a darker foundation shade for a more natural look.
Blush is unarguably one of the best products to help you look lively and flushed. Nothing matches the trendy rose aesthetics that blush can bring to your cheeks. It makes the entire face look alive by adding warmth to the skin tone and lifting up the cheeks. For a more lifted look, don’t apply too low on the cheeks, start by smiling slightly and applying it to the apples of your cheeks. Don’t forget the nose, forehead, and chic for a more modern-looking effect. We recommend using cream formulas as they are amazing for giving your skin a dewy glow.
The role of a highlighter is to illuminate your face and give it a boost of radiance. We recommend opting for a highlighter that’s neither too textured nor too heavy as it can leave a noticeable stripe along the cheekbones. Refrain from applying a highlighter over wrinkles and fine lines. Creamy and liquid formulas work best for a glowing, dewy complexion. Just apply it on the inner corner of your eyes, on the brow bone, above the cheekbone, lips and the bridge of your nose to nail a model-esque glow.
Sculpting and highlighting the face isn’t one size fits all, know your face and what flatters it the most. P.S: Know the difference between real-life and social-media makeup and it’ll all fall into place.
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