Do You Contour Like Kim Kardashian?

Well, do you?  Are you the 3-E contour kind of person or do you like a big bright triangle under your eyes?  I thought I’d try my hand at the Kim K. technique, but in a much more wearable fashion.  I like wearing a lot of makeup, but I never like it to feel as heavy as Kim’s must be so I stuck with my typical products and focused more on placement.

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Contour Like Kim Kardashian beforebefore

Contour like Kim Kardashian afterafter

I started with foundation, but only around the outside of my face and not in places I needed to use concealer as a highlighter.  Then I started the contouring.  With Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Creme Bronzer in Rich Bronze I used my finger to draw lines exactly where I wanted to shadow my face.  And NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard (currently too light for my skin) then created the triangle under my eyes and highlighted the high points of my face.

Contour like Kim Kardashian how to

It was important to use two different brushes to blend…the small Real Techniques Domed Shadow Brush for the concealer and the stiff Real Techniques Expert Face Brush on the bronzer.  I dusted a translucent powder very lightly over everything to set.

Contour like Kim Kardashian during

From there it was just about adding color.  A smoky eye with a brown eyeliner base and taupe eyeshadow, plenty of mascara, nude lips and Kim’s signature NARS Turkish Delight Lip Gloss.

Contour like Kim Kardashian closeup

I was amazed at the results.  I already knew that using such extremes to contour would brighten my face.  What I didn’t realize is that doing a more natural version of the look required less makeup than I use on a daily basis.  Not covering everything with foundation first saved a lot of product.

Contour Like Kim Kardashian with color

So…do you contour like Kim Kardashian?

  • Bella

    You’ve done a good job :).No, I don’t. Though I own contouring products, I feel a little silly if I use them at all. I don’t like to feel many layers of makeup on my face and primers, highlighters and contouring products all give me te heebie jeebies in the end. Some kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder under my cheekbones is all I manage, and then only at night. I have just received my Nars Matte Multiple in Vientiane, though, with the intention to use it as a subtle contour, so who knows?

    • Alison M

      I think it’s easy to feel silly in too many layers. I tried this contouring technique a number of ways and the only way I like it is skipping foundation on the majority of my face. Keep playing…maybe you’ll find a new method you enjoy :)

  • Teresa

    That’s a really good idea to use foundations to highlight and contour, and not use products on top of preexisting foundation. I’ve mostly been using powders to contour (this Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in taupe) but I’ve got to give this a go, especially since I have so many foundations in different shades on the go already!

    • Alison M

      My Custard concealer is almost gone and since it doesn’t match me again until January, it’s nice having a way to use it up!

  • Kristen / Glambunctious

    You look gorgeous!! Great job on the contour, it looks natural and lovely. I usually don’t contour because I’ve been bronzing (hitting the points of my face where the sun naturally hits it) since the dawn of forever. I will occasionally contour under the cheekbones with powder, but I’ve not yet mastered the liquid/cream contouring technique. Your post inspires me to try it out again!

    • Alison M

      It was a lot of fun to play around with techniques until I got this one right. And with southern summer sun here for the next few months, it’s a great way to use up your too light products.

      • Kristen / Glambunctious

        GREAT point!! I do have several too light foundations right now – brilliance! Thanks, Alisonia!! ;)

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