5.29.2014

Work Appropriate Contouring Tutorial | KMC Beauty

Since receiving my Nars Ita Brush in the mail last month I have found a way to effectively contour my face while still having work appropriate make up, this is nothing to bold just a way to enhance my facial features, in this case my cheek bones and make them look more defined. I am by no means an expert and I don't go crazy contouring every possible part of my face for work, I just found a way that works for me that I thought I could share for my fellow working gals that aren't in an environment that allows you to look like Kim Kardashian on a daily basis.


I created a step by step pictorial that shows the process of how I contour and below I will elaborate on each step seen.

Step one.
Starting off with a fresh face, feel free to prime your face before applying your foundation etc. However I personally do not prime when getting ready for work to save time.

Step two.
I have applied my foundation (Rimmel Stay Matte) which if you have noticed may not match my face but matches my neck and the rest of my body keeping everything in sync, also I have applied my concealer (MAC Pro Longwear) for under eye coverage and slight highlighting and set my t-zone with powder (MAC Studio Fix) as I am fairly oily, I have also filled in my brows with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz.

Step three.
Using your desired bronzer (I used Nars Laguna Bronzer) and an appropriate contouring brush of your choice, mine is the Nars Ita, carve out where your contour should go, as a guideline I always start from the top of my ear and create a line down the hollows of my cheek bones making sure I do not go as far as my mouth as this looks unnatural. 

Step four.
Blend out your bronzer making sure to blend upwards above the contour, do not blend below your contour line as this will defeat the whole purpose of what you are trying to achieve. When blending I like to blend up to just below my temple, this gives my skin more of a natural sun kissed look and doesn't leave my contour looking too harsh

Step five.
This is the result of my blending of the contour line, making sure it looks even are there are no harsh lines.

Step six.
Completely optional but I do tend to add blush to complete my contour blending it in with my bronzer and applying on the apples of my cheeks giving me a lightly flushed look, on this day I used MAC 'Springsheen' Blush, I love this blusher it's a light peachy shade giving me the natural look I go for when I am heading in to work. Then you have the finished result!

Pretty straight forward huh? Like I said I am in no way an expert I just thought that this was a nice easy tutorial for a natural contour that is completely work appropriate, perfect for beginners just like myself!