I know many are divided in their opinions on the Kardashians, my personal opinion is that they are all stunning. Whether that is due to makeup or surgical enhancement is none of my business, their makeup artists are incredibly talented and world-renowned so I pay attention to what they have to say. I watched a tutorial on her app not too long ago and wrote down notes because my love for contouring runs worryingly deep. With all this talk of non-touring which is still contouring but with a greater emphasis on highlight (here is my post on Non-Touring).
The tutorial begins with her base already on, the product used isn't mentioned. I know she is a fan of the Armani Luminous Silk foundation (£36.50).
Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate in #1 (£56). Applied directly under the cheekbone. This is a cream contour product which is applied directly on top of the foundation. Suck in your cheeks to find the hollows and that is where you apply the contour shade.
A contour rule is to apply the contour shade in a 3 shape (temples, sides of the face, hollow of the cheeks, and jaw bone). Be mindful of how you contour your forehead, if you apply too much it can make your forehead look too small so be aware of what look you want to achieve. Mario states that for an everyday look contouring the cheeks is enough. For me, I think contouring slightly around the perimeter of the face balances the look so there isn't just a concentrated area of shadow on the face. I always follow my natural contours.
To contour the nose, Mario used the same flat brush (it looks like a standard concealer brush but don't quote me) starting from the brown bone all the way to the tip of the nose. Drawing a line each side of the nose that connects to the brow makes the nose look thinner, similarly applying contour powder to the bottom of the nose makes the nose appear shorter.
Using a damp classic pink beauty blender (£16), Mario blends out the lines so the contour is less obvious. Cream products look more natural on powder and are best suited to those with dry skin, if you have a different skin type as long as you set your contour with powder you should be fine.
With Laura Mercier's Secret Camouflage Concealer (£26.50) in SC4, Mario drew a line on the bridge of the nose and directly beneath the contour to intensify the effect, and on the Cupid's bow. Again, all blended out with a damp beauty blender.
He set the entire face with a loose translucent powder, applied with a powder puff, to ensure all the creams are set and do not move. Following this, using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Contour Kit (£39) he went over the contour areas with very little product. He also took the contour down the centre of the neck and used the lightest shade in the palette to follow the cream contour on the nose.
Using a small shadow brush he applied the top right highlight shade to the bridge of her nose and to the Cupid's bow. In small circular motions and again with only a little product he applied highlight to the top of her cheekbones and finally using a clean blending brush (£10.48) for the eyes he blended it all for a seamless look.
Now, of course non-touring is the new "trend" (post here). Which is just an everyday contour for anyone who has less than half an hour to get ready. I wonder do any of you guys have an elaborate contour routine for nights out or events? I would love to know when you decide to pull out all the stops or when you feel it is necessary to spend more time on your makeup. Please let me know in the comments below, I would love to read them.
I hope you enjoyed this post, this contouring routine is by no means new. Almost every YouTube channel I follow does the exact same thing, but I thought I would share it with you so you know that you really aren't missing much. I do think Mario is a genius makeup artist and I dearly wish I could afford makeup from Tom Ford, but thus far I have been quite unimpressed with the content on the Kardashian-Jenner apps. I wouldn't recommend them to anyone who isn't a massive fan of the girls themselves. If you're like me and are considering it because you're an avid makeup lover; don't bother. Thank you so much for reading, don't forget to leave your thoughts below. Take care.
When do you take longer to apply your makeup/Who is your favourite Kardashian?
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