Keep it shady, baby
It’s the millennial makeup trick you can’t escape from, the finishing touch to every tutorial, and tends to end up on the ‘messy’ side of ‘hot’. Take your look from no to pro by buffing up on some hard contouring truths.
I CAN USE A BRONZER AS CONTOUR POWDER
Take a long, hard look at the colour of bronzer vs the colour of contour powder. Which is more orange?
Bronzer is there to add warmth and glow to your face. It’s orange because it’s a little pot of instant-tan, like you’ve caught the sun in early May. This is especially true for pale people. Powder contour will be grey-er toned because it’s supposed to mimic deeper shadows, and spoiler: shadows are grey.
Bronzer is meant to be dusted all over but is often concentrated on the cheekbones because this emphasises where the sun will hit your face. Contour powder is applied more directly, and only to areas we want to add shadow to.
The darker your skin colour, the less of a problem this will be, but using bronzer to contour will probably give you a big, glaring orange glow. They’re also shimmery, and you want contour shades to be matt because again… that’s what a shadow looks like.
On the other hand, using contour powder to bronze is going to give you a weird grey sheen all over your face. Lose-lose.*
*Occasionally, you will find a really great bronzer that doesn’t look orange on your skin and will be great for contour (they tend to have blue and grey undertones). As long as they’re not shimmery, go to town! What you want in a contour powder is a natural, flattering shadow colour on your skin.
KIM K/MILLENIALS/INFLUENCERS TOTALLY INVENTED CONTOUR
No, they didn’t. Sorry Instagram devotees, contouring has been around since 19th-century theatre. Contouring then made itself at home in the silver screen and hit the celebrity mainstream in the ‘90s. Check out shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer for a look at some killer vintage contouring, and a glimpse into what stars have been hiding for years.
GOTTA CONTOUR IT ALL
Look in the mirror and note everything you wouldn’t change.
Now avoid contouring those areas like your makeup depends on it.
The more you contour, the more obvious your makeup will be. And that defeats the point of contouring – it’s meant to be subtle and unnoticeable.
The brilliance of makeup is the freedom it gives you. You are not required to contour anything, nor are you required not to contour anything. There are no rules in makeup.
So go to town on that jawline. Or if you love your jawline, don’t! But whatever you do, blend.
Still got questions? There’s a part two of this post to come, but even better, Jecca Blac has something exciting coming up. Contouring is about to get a whole lot easier. Keep an eye on our socials @JeccaBlac!