Wondering how to perfect your contour? We’re lucky enough to have the top tips from Laura Mercier‘s National Artist Anne Salem to perfect your technique!
Laura believes the key to any beautiful make up, especially contouring is blending. Making the contour disappear into the skin. The elements of our beautiful cream contour palette ($69) make it easy for the colours to be blended either separate or together for different skin tones. Use either a dense sponge, a dense creme brush, or a smaller brush for precise application.
Using fingers to start is ideal, you can accurately place and blend for a softer contour. For a more definite chiseled cheek and bold contour, dip the Creme Cheek Colour Brush ($55) lightly into the creme and apply from the ear lobe towards the tip of the nose (for cheeks) – again, blending up.
If you have a larger or wider forehead , you can give the illusion of making it smaller, by blending along the temples. This also takes away the appearance of shine on the forehead, which can make it appear larger! If your chin is longer, then contour just below, this will give the illusion of a shorter face/chin.
The opposite of contour is highlight, so it is best to apply highlighter just above or below the darker contour shade. Application above the cheek bone is beautiful, along with down the centre and tip of the nose and along the chin.
The key thing to remember? Light brings forward and dark sets back.