Contouring, strobing, baking…the beauty business has a tendency to throw out these technical terms and expect us mere mortals to achieve with ease at home – which can often result in streaky bronzer, a powdery white forehead and foundation tidelines.
However, applied correctly, a little bronzing action teamed with subtle highlighting and concealing, can work wonders on any complexion.
We’re here to help, with our easy-to-master tips for achieving a more structured look.
- Step 1.
Begin by prepping clean skin with a light layer of moisturiser, followed by a primer if you use one, and then foundation.
- Step 2.
Map your face with either a darker foundation stick or bronzing powder. We find that a foundation stick looks more natural and is much easier to blend. To bring out cheekbones, simply suck in your cheeks and apply a swipe of colour to the hollows. Next, take the stick (or bronzing powder) and apply colour to your temples, sides of your nose down to the tip and jawline – this is a great trick to slimming a double chin.
- Step 3.
Blend, blend again and then blend some more - this is key to a flawless finish. You can either use fingers or for a pro finish, try a damp beauty blender sponge. Tap the sponge in small circular motions to ensure the colour blurs with your foundation.
- Step 4.
Using your fingers or a sponge, add light to your complexion by dabbing liquid highlighter onto your Cupid’s bow, chin and brow bone, before taking a concealer in two shades lighter than your skin tone and applying to the center or your chin, under the eye and in the middle of your forehead.
- Step 5.
Ensure everything stays put with a light dusting of loose translucent power.
The best contouring products and tools found at the shopping malls in Dubai.
Skin Foundation Stick, Dhs245, Bobbi Brown at Harvey Nichols Dubai, visit Mall of the Emirates.
Instant Light Complexion Illuminating Base, Dhs155, Clarins at Paris Gallery, visit City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif.
Translucent Loose Setting Powder, Dhs165, Laura Mercier at Harvey Nichols Dubai, visit Mall of the Emirates.
Pro Longwear Concealer, Dhs120, M.A.C at Harvey Nichols Dubai, visit Mall of the Emirates .
Beautyblender sponge, Dhs80, Sephora Middle East, visit Mall of the Emirates .
* Prices shown are at the time of the visit to the mall and could change at any point.
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