Taking Contouring To The Next Level

The Queens of Contouring – the Kardashian sisters, know that it’s not just about using highlighter and bronzer to make your cheekbones pop. Kylie, Kendall and Kim all contour their entire faces. Kylie is particularly great at using liners and concealers to create her famously plump pout, and Kim knows exactly how to use dark and light shadowing to alter the shape of her nose.



Want to get in on the action? Here’s our guide to Kardashian-worthy contouring. Selfies at the ready!


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Nose contouring




Begin by applying your base foundation and concealer. Go for a mid to high coverage to even out your skintone and to cover any blemishes.




We suggest using MAC’s Pro Conceal and Correct Palette, £35 to contour your nose. The creamy concealer has a matte finish that will stop your nose from looking too shiny, as it would if you used a highlighter to contour.




Use a concealer that is a shade or two lighter than your own skin to highlight the central bridge of your noise. Put a dot on the point of your noise as well, this stops your nose from looking flat.




Next, looking straight into the mirror, draw two straight lines down the side of your nose in a shade that is two shades darker than your skin tone. Then, turn your head to the side and apply a line of concealer one shade darker than your natural skin tone down the side of your nose, from the top to your nostril.




Use either your fingers, or a clean eyeshadow brush to blend the colours together. If you want to slim the tip of your nose apply a dot of the medium concealer to either side and a touch underneath, then blend. Finish by apply a dusting of a setting powder, we like Laura Mercier’s Loose Setting Powder in Translucent, £29.


MAC Pro Conceal and Correct Palette in Light



Lip contouring




You can’t create smooth, plump lips without giving them a good scrub first. Lush’s Mint Julips Lip Scrub, £5.50 will buff away any dead skin, leaving you with the perfect canvas to work with.




Apply a thin layer of concealer, our choice is Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, £19 over your lips, concentrating on blurring the outer lip line into your skin. It’s hydrating, creamy texture means that lips won’t dry out, which would ruin your plump look.




Next use a white eyeliner, such as Rimmel’s Soft Khol Kajal Eye Pencil, £2.99 to draw on your preferred line. Carefully draw past your natural lip line to make lips fuller, or within your lip line to make them thinner.




Go over the white line in a lip crayon, a light colour will give lips a fuller appearance as light colours reflect light. We love using NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, £19. The rich pigment glides on and stays put for hours without drying the lips out. The crayon design also means that you can easily draw on your preferred line, then can turn the tip to evenly fill in your lips.




Dot your usual foundation around your new lips, carefully creating an edge at the line with a lip brush. Finish by applying a dot of highlighter on your cupid’s bow, and a dab of gloss to the center of the upper and bottom lips and you’re done, Kim and Kylie would be proud!


NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita




By Emily Morgan