Contouring For Cheapskates

Contouring has been a huge trend for the last several years, thanks to the Kardashians and the emergence of the beauty blogger but in actual fact, its a technique that has been used by makeup artists for the longest time.

In theory, anywhere you apply a lighter, brighter product will stand out and appear more prominent, and anywhere you apply a shadow or darker shade of contour will give you more depth and definition. With the craze of contouring over the last few years, there’s been a lot of ‘techniques’ appearing on Instagram and Youtube, with scary things like spoons and kitchen objects, that have really over complicated what can be a quick and easy beauty trick. Playing with light and shadow can really reshape, resize, enhance and define your facial framework.

As a thrifty shopper, I find that contour kits are quite the eye-catcher, but absolutely unnecessary. You can use any pigmented product in your makeup bag to create a contour and/or highlight.

For this simple tutorial, I used Essence Rose Eyeshadow palette and inexpensive powder and eyeshadow brushes.

Here’s my 60-second video on how to do a contour with eyeshadow.