If you’re like me and you’re obsessed with achieving depth and dimension on your face, then I’m sure you’re well aware of the various contouring techniques that have been trending on social media recently.
(How you looked before you read this post, don’t worry I got your back)
There’s the classic “figure 3” method, the tape and spoon method, the contouring/strobing combo and now there’s the baking method. I’ve tried and loved all of these techniques but baking (when you apply heavier amounts of concealer and set it with translucent loose powder, bringing your selected features forward) is by far my favourite way. The only problem with baking is that it still takes me a couple of attempts to create a creaseless finish. And besides it being challenging, the technique adds an extra 5-10 minutes onto my makeup routine.
(A very basic guide to think about face shape and where to contour)
Thankfully, I recently discovered a new contouring technique that requires a lot less time and effort: creamy contouring sticks! The Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio has definitely changed up my contour game. The set comes in three shades:
● Contour: A darker shade used for creating shadows
● Highlight: A light shade used to pull features forward
● Bronze: A medium transition shade used to blend your contour and highlight together
It’s absolutely genius. With these sticks, you can have complete control over how defined you want your features to be. You simply just apply in the desired areas of your face and blend with either a damp sponge or your fingers.
The kit also includes a SHAPEMATTERS insert with how-tos for five face shapes and extra contouring tips. Here’s how I contoured my face using the step-by-step guide.
1. Using the contour shade, I drew lines mimicking the number three on my temples, my cheekbones and my jawline. I also drew two lines down the side of my nose.
2. Using the bronze shade, I applied it right above the contour and close to my hairline. Not only does this shade call for a seamless blend, but it naturally adds warmth to the skin.
3. Lastly, using the highlight shade, I drew a line along the bridge of my nose and drew little triangles on the middle of my forehead, underneath my eyes and on my chin.
I like to really blend the shades to ensure a subtle finish and then I reapply any of the shades if needed. When I’m happy with the look, I set my face with a tiny bit powder or setting spray, depending on if I’m going for a matte or dewy look.