The Lazy Way: Contouring

by Madeleine Borgersen
The Lazy Way: Contouring

As a self-proclaimed moon-face I love a good contour. I wish I could do it as well as the Kardashian clan but alas I’m not quite there yet.

What I have learnt is how to do contouring in the quickest way possible. Here’s how.

1. Pick Your Products

I prefer to work with cremes or liquids as they just blend so much more quickly and easily. You can always use a powder blush or illuminator over the top to set everything but to begin with try to go with the cremes or a liquid.

You could have two foundations, one darker than your skin tone, one lighter. A creme bronzer and a creme highlighter, a liquid bronzer and a brightening concealer or concealer a shade lighter than your skin tone, the list is endless.

I am personally using the Hourglass Creme to Powder Bronzer and illuminator and my Wake Me Up! Concealer by Rimmel for this tutorial.


2. Turn your face into a paint by numbers

Embrace the fact that for the next 1-2 minutes you’re going to look like a freak of nature and pray there are no deliveries during this time. Follow the chart below:


If you can’t understand that, and I honestly don’t blame you, here’s a summary:

1. Bronzer/Darker – Outline of the forehead near the hairline, down underneath your cheekbones, under your jaw and down the sides of your nose.

2. Illuminator/Lighter – Middle of the forehead, top of the cheekbones and under the eyebrows, the centre of your nose and the cupids bow or top of the lip.

Now obviously everyone’s faces are different so you need to work out what suits your face. Maybe you have a big chin so you want to detract attention from that, you would use the dark on your chin. Basically the theory behind it is dark resembles shadow drawing it back and the light brings that part of the face forward. Hence doing the dark contour on the sides of the nose and the light down the middle makes the nose appear slimmer and straighter. The cheekbones, darker underneath and lighter on top make them appear higher and more pronounced.

3. Blend, blend blend!

Now if you’re using cremes or liquids, I swear by using a sponge to blend. You can get them at priceline/chemist they’re really cheap and they make itย so much easier. I have the Blender Sphere from Kit Cosmetics ($14.95). You just tap the product in and then smudge it to blend. If you don’t have a sponge you could also use a brush, just make sure it’s synthetic so it doesn’t soak up all of your product.

If you’re using powders then by all means brush away!

4. Voila!

Now if you’d like to enhance what you have with some powder bronzer or illuminator go for it! My favourites are Hoola by Benefit and Soft & Gentle Mineralised Skin Finish by MAC. Both because they’re very natural looking and have amazing staying power.


I hope that helps! If you have any contouring tips of your own or swear-by products please let me know!

9 responses to “The Lazy Way: Contouring”

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  7. Mez says:

    Awesome! I need to work on getting some dark products!
    Love your dressing gown…