Facial Contouring has gained epic popularity thanks to the likes of Kim Kardashian and the social media platform, Instagram. When done correctly, contouring can give your face dimension, by strategically slimming certain areas of your face creating a shadow. In turn, brightening other areas of your face by adding a highlight. Depending on your face shape, application methods can vary, so do consider this when applying your contour and highlight.
Laura Mercier has recently released their Flawless Contouring Palette, exclusive to Sephora. The palette features three cream contour shades and two cream highlights, suitable for a wide range of complexions. Included is the palette, is a step-by-step visual guide to show proper placement of product.
The Flawless Contouring Palette brilliantly creates a discreet contour and highlight effect, with an exquisite creamy formula. These silky creams blend to perfection and build with ease, taking contouring to a foolproof level. This selection of creamy shades allow for the most natural effect, by flawlessly blending into the skin.
Contour #1 is a perfect taupe shade for my skin tone, along with highlight #1. The first highlight shade is a bit on the yellow side and might not be the best option for paler complexions. The highlights both offer a soft shimmer, that flatters and doesn’t sparkle. I also find myself reaching for the second highlight shade and applying it as an eyeshadow.
In my contour application, I applied contour shade #1 to the hollows of my cheeks, sides of my nose and the tip (to shorten and slim). To the top of forehead and sides, and to the under part of my jaw line (to make it more pronounced). I applied highlight shade #1 to cheekbones and down the length of my nose, coming up short of the contour. For the most precise application of the contour, I like to use a small domed shadow brush that isn’t too soft, like this one. For blending, I used the Real Techniques Flat Contour Brush from the Bold Metals Collection.
The finished look after blush is applied.
The Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette brilliantly highlights and contours with an exquisite creamy formula. This palette is perfect for both contouring pro’s and newbies alike.
Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette $50
available at Sephora.com