Turns out, equally to portray, contouring is all about location—the place you place coloration is equally as essential as which coloration you’re really working with. If you’re a gifted sufficient painter (or make-up artist) precisely the place to position sure shades to intensify shadows, angles, or sure options of an object, that are essential abilities for successfully shaping the face. But what should you don’t dabble in a type of two careers and nonetheless need to discover ways to contour?

This was the dilemma I confronted final week as I sat in entrance of my mirror, un-contoured and three minutes away from being late for a pleasant dinner. While I’d usually use a swipe or two of bronzer the place I believed it ought to go, I had by no means tried to completely snatch my face… And now wasn’t the time to begin. I needed to degree up my make-up for the night time, however I clearly didn’t have time to do a lot. I didn’t want my cheekbones to seem like they might minimize glass—I simply needed one thing foolproof andhttps://www.glossier.com/merchandise/cloud-paint fast.

My salvation got here, because it usually does, within the type of a Tiktok. I seemed up ‘contour hack’ and in 13 seconds flat, make-up theorist Megan Lavallie bestowed upon me such nice contouring information that I needed to scream it from the rooftops. “There’s this one spot on your cheek that if you poked a hole through it, it would touch your teeth. If you softly blend it out [after adding contour], it will create the most soft-looking, high cheekbones for those who want to look good from the side and the front.” And so, with my remaining two and a half minutes, all I needed to do was discover the spot on my cheek the place I may really feel my tooth, add a single dot of contour, and mix flippantly. That was it!

I grabbed a contour brush and my contour-that-isn’t-contour, Glossier’s Cloud Paint in Dusk, and started working. I utilized one dot on every cheek, and as Lavallie instructed, softly blended out. In an immediate, my face gained extra dimension whereas nonetheless trying extremely pure. The outcome was seamless, sort of like I by some means managed to tan simply the hollows of my cheeks. Fancy dinner or not, I knew this trick had me in a chokehold from the second I noticed my newly sculpted face.

Lavallie’s tip—which has 7.5 million views, by the best way—modified the best way I take into consideration contouring. I spotted that for magnificence rookies and lovers of No Makeup Makeup, contour doesn’t should be an intimidating occasion crammed with a number of lotions, powders, and brushes. I used to suppose it was Kim Kardashian-style or bust, resulting in extra nightmares about making an attempt the ‘3’ form on my spherical face than I might care to confess. Turns out, you may nonetheless get a improbable look from a simplified methodology. Instead of doing traces or dots of product all around the face à la Instagram tutorials, the naked necessity of contouring is only a single dot! Not so intimidating now, is it?

But Hannah, I can hear you saying, I’m nonetheless scared I’m going to screw it up. Fair! Contour is straightforward to screw up while you don’t know what you’re doing. But I’ve religion that you simply do know what you’re doing since you’ve gotten this far within the article, and when (not if) you get contouring proper, you’ll completely elevate your look in only a few minutes. Besides, this tip makes it virtually foolproof, no matter whether or not you’re utilizing a cream or powder contour. Might as nicely attempt it! It’s not going to get any simpler than this.

All images taken by Elliot Duprey