Before we all go nuts and start trying to contour ourselves into a contestant from RuPaul’s Drag Race, let’s just take a moment and decide not how to contour but if to at all.
Contouring was popularized by drag queens who sculpt definition into their faces to enhance a feminine look. It can bring a more chiseled appearance to the cheeks, frame the face, and lighten up under the eyes and cheeks. It can also make you look like a striped mess and it’s really unnecessary for most people especially for an everyday look. Instead of heavy contouring, I opt for bronzer and a great highlight which adds a radiance to the face that’s so pretty and healthy looking. My favorite highlighting palette is THIS one from Hourglass because the fine powder melts into the skin and doesn’t sit on top giving a more natural looking glow. Looking at Megan, you can see why I like to focus on the skin looking radiant and not all carved out and disjointed. Here’s what I used to create her look.
Primer/ Moisturizer: Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè
Foundation: Koh Gen Do Maifanshi (I mixed together shades 1 and 3)
Concealer: Tarte Maracuja Creaseless in Light
Powder: Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Face Powder
Setting Spray: Caudalie Beauty Elixir I use it on my Beauty Blender to press in concealer and foundation and as a setting spray.
Eye Shadows: Urban Decay Vice3 Palette: DTF in the crease, Urban Decay Toasted as a drop shadow under the eyes, shimmering nude champagne color on the lid (I depotted into a Z Palette so I have no idea what the other colors are called.
Liner: tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Liner
Lashes: Ardell 120
Brows: Anastasia Brow Wiz in Taupe
Cheeks: MAC Mineralize Blush in New Romance
Highlight: Hourglass Ambiant Lighting Palette
Bronzer: Jouer Mattifying Powder Bronzer
Lips: I used an NYX liner with two Soft Matte Lip Creams and a gloss of hers on top.