Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014/15, backstage at Toni Maticevski

Backstage at Australia Fashion Week: how to cream contour

At Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia SS14/15, Toni Maticevski proved yet again why he is one of Australia's most revered designers. With a collection inspired by the process of metamorphosis that orchid flowers undergo, Maticevski's collection combined a sense of understated elegance with excess.

Fresh faced models, draped in Maticevski finery, donned perfectly contoured complexions and well defined brows. A look for all seasons, you can master the art of contouring from home by following our how-to guide.

Get the Look, Australian-style

Step one: Start by priming the skin to ensure your makeup applies smoothly. Apply the product with your finger tips to blend it in, allowing it to sink in to your skin.

Step two: Use a foundation one or two shades lighter than your usual foundation, or a highlighter, to highlight the center of your forehead (between your eyebrows), the bridge of your nose and your chin area. Apply a liberal amount of the same color to your under-eye area. These are the areas that are going to stand out, as anything 'light' will appear to protrude more.

Step three: Using a foundation or cream bronzer two shades darker than your daily foundation, apply thick contour lines to the hollows of the cheeks, the jaw bone and the temples. working up onto the outermost parts of your forehead- anything 'dark' will recede away from us. Apply a thin stripe of the same dark contour colour to each side of the nose, joining it up to your eyebrows.

Step four: With a clean buffing brush, buff your regular foundation into the skin to blend with your highlight and contour colours. This will erase all harsh makeup lines, making the contoured and highlighted areas appear to be natural.

Step five: Set your base with a loose powder. Finish your look by defining your brows and running a mid-toned brown shadow through your eyelid crease.

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