There’s no escaping the contouring craze – it’s everywhere. No longer solely the secret of make-up artists, anyone who’s anyone is getting in on the action. From Kim K to the catwalks (just check out these cheekbones at Fendi’s A/W14 show), now is the time to channel your inner artist and get sculpting. Worried you’ll end up looking more like a clown than a Kardashian? Don’t be – because with these clever contouring cosmetics, you’ll be a pro in no time.
In the words of François Nars, “You cannot achieve good make-up without good tools”. If you’re looking for the best brush for contouring – this is it. Thanks to its slim shape, it’s perfect for creating strong, sculpted and chiselled cheeks. Kate Moss, eat your heart out. Nars Ita Kabuki Brush, Dh299, Harvey Nichols.
Who better to bring out a contouring bronzer than the Kardashians themselves? Consisting of three golden shades, you can mix them all for a solid wash of colour or pick and choose depending on the area you’re applying to. This is easily buildable with a gorgeous satin finish, and it’s waterproof too! Kardashian Beauty Cabana Bronze, Dh115, Virgin Megastore .
Whether you wear it under make-up, over make-up, or on its own, this creamy colour adds the perfect highlighting sheen to skin. Use your fingers or a brush to dab it along areas that naturally reflect light (cheekbones, bridge of your nose, Cupid’s bow) for a gorgeous glow. Mac Cream Colour Base in Pearl, Dh115.
Quite possibly the sexiest sculptor ever (would you expect anything less from Mr Ford?), this defining duo makes shaping your features super-easy. Use the light, sheer shade to brighten and lift (perfect for highlighting) and the dark shade to add definition that looks natural. Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate, Dh335, Paris Gallery.
The Expert’s Pick
Queen of contouring Huda Kattan swears by Inglot’s Contour and Blusher Palette to give her face dreamy definition. “It’s all about creating depth and shape, making you look slimmer, younger and giving you modelesque cheekbones! Think of the number three on the side of your face, so you start in the middle of your forehead and go along the side of your hairline into the hollows of your cheeks and then back into your jaw. This palette is great as you can customise it according to your preference or use it to add highlight, shimmer or blush.” Inglot Contour and Blusher Palette, Dh280.