My 6 Contouring Essentials

Hi everyone! I just have a short post for you today as I’m a little busy with uni work at the moment – one French essay on WW2 due tomorrow = nightmare. Anyway, I thought I’d share with you the products which I love to use for creating my best super-defined contoured look which I hope even Kimmy K would be proud of. I plan to do a full post on how I actually accomplish this at some point in the future when I have more time, but this is just a sneak peak.

While contouring is always going to be a bit of a faff, you know I’m a no-fuss, no-frills kind of girl, so all these products are really easy to use and will make you stand out, without looking OTT.


Let’s get started! After applying a good primer and foundation to create a flawless-finish base, I begin the contouring process by reaching for my Clinique Airbrush Concealer in Neutral Fair. This is perfect for bringing lightness to the centre of your face, without giving you an unnatural shine like some highlighters do. I apply it underneath my eyes to conceal dark circles, down the centre of my nose, in the centre of my forehead, on my chin and above my brows. If I’m going all out I’ll also bring it from the outer corner of my eye to the edge of my nose (at the bottom).

Next, I love using my Daniel Sandler Watercolour Crème Bronzer in Riviera to create the shadows and also warm my face up a little. The creamy formula is easier to work with than a powder and it gives a lovely warm brown, without a trace of orange. I use my finger to apply it underneath my cheekbones, at the top of my forehead, down the edges of my nose and along my jaw line.

To blend everything in, I use my trusty Real Techniques Contouring Brush. You really can’t go wrong with Real Techniques can you? This soft, slightly pointed brush is perfect for blending everything out till it all looks natural. I then like to use the Real Techniques Setting Brush to dust a little MAC Mineralize Natural Skinfinish in Light over the lighter areas. This just keeps everything in place.

Finally, to complete the contouring process, I like to add a little bit of highlighter to my cheekbones, underneath my brows, the inner corners of my eyes and my cupid’s bow. For this I adore the YSL Touche Eclat which gives just the right amount of shimmer. This will give you that fresh glow and make everything look a little bit more beautiful.

So that’s it folks! All I need now is a light dusting of setting powder to keep everything in place and a brush of blush over the apples of my cheeks and I’m good to go. What do you think of my choices? Do you like to contour and what products do you use?

Thanks for reading,

Joanna xxxxx


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17 thoughts on “My 6 Contouring Essentials

  1. I like to to do a little bit of contouring. Lately I have been loving Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer and I just love the little brush that comes with it and for my highlighter I use theBalm’s Mary-Lou Manizer. Great stuff! 🙂

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    1. Ooh I love benefit hoola too! I sometimes use that instead or as well as. And I agree the little brush fits perfectly under the cheekbones. Haven’t tried the Mary louminizer but I’ve heard a lot of good things so might try it next xxx

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      1. Oh I think you would love the Mary-Lou Manizer. Plus I have had it for so long and there isn’t even a dent in it!! It will last you a long time. 🙂 xxx

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  2. Brill post Jo, contouring is something I really need to up my game with… I’m such a basic bronzer girl so it’s about time I sorted it out!! lol Great essentials, I’m a huge fan of RT brushes too, incredible value 🙂 Karen X

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    1. I’m definitely no expert even after watching so many youtube videos! But I found these products are quite easy to work with. I agree the RT brushes are incredible! Such good value for money. Unbelievably, before I bought the RT Essentials kit I never really used makeup brushes, just applied everything with my fingers. But these completely changed that and now I cant imagine not using a brush! xxx

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      1. Jo that was exactly me too – though I will admit I still used my fingers for applying foundation – I just can get the same blend with a brush or sponge! Will definitely tun into YouTube for some tutorials on contouring, need to up my skill set! haha Thanks so much huni 🙂 Xo

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  3. Good tips! I just use a Mac bronzer to contour and lighten under my eyes and along my nose with benefits erase paste (not too OTT.) 😄 xx

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      1. Amazing! I must admit I do fancy having a go at hardcore contouring just to see what it’s like. 😄 Hope you’re having a good week xx

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