When celebrities like Kim Kardashian first revealed the epic makeup routine behind their perfectly defined features, women started amping up their beauty routine. Contouring, which has been used as a part of theatre makeup for ages, quickly became the mainstream, and makeup application has never been the same – or more flawless!
Soon enough, spinoffs like clown and henna contouring have emerged on social media, as makeup artists are getting more and more creative with their brushes, using the principles of light to apply their makeup. Seeing how contouring techniques can instantly make your skin appear as though it's been airbrushed, women have started to apply the same contour principles to all areas of the body – lips, eye makeup, you name it!
But with all of this creative work happening, beauty gurus began to stretch their limits and started experimented with new techniques; enter: strobing. Instead of using dark shadows and shading to angle ones face, highlighters are now applied to attract light and help it bounce off the face creating a healthy and more natural glow.
And from then on, contouring and highlighting have gone hand in hand, working together to create perfectly sculpted features – from every angle. And that's where L'Oreal's Infallible Pro-Contour Palette comes in.
WHAT IS CONTOURING AND HIGHLIGHTING?
Before we get to how the actual contouring technique works, let's start with the basics. Contouring is when you use a matte powder, cream, or pencil product that's two shades darker than your skin tone to shade areas you'd like to define or reshape, like your nose, forehead, chin, and cheekbones.
Highlighting on the other hand (also known as 'strobing') offsets contouring by accentuating areas of your face with light concealer or highlighter. To properly highlight or strobe, use a concealer or powder formula that's two shades lighter than your skin tone or a highlighter that flatters your complexion to emphasize the areas of your face that naturally catch the light.
So, where does the Infallible Pro-Contour Palette come into this?
HOW TO USE THE INFALLIBLE PRO-CONTOUR PALETTE FOR NATURALLY SCULPTED FEATURES
L'Oreal Paris' Infallible Pro-Contour Palette has beautifully coordinated highlighting and contouring shades for a professionally defined look. The buildable powders come in three different shades – light, medium, and dark – and allow you to sculpt, define, and enhance your best features effortlessly for a flawless, fade-proof finish in just 30 seconds.
The powder formula is easy to use and comes in a soft, lightweight texture that blurs easily into the skin for a natural-looking finish that's perfect for hot, summer days.
YOUR GUIDE TO MASTERING THE ART OF CONTOURING USING THE PRO-CONTOUR PALETTE
So, how exactly do you use the Pro-Contour Palette to master the art of contouring? The perfectly defined look can be achieved in just three simple steps!
STEP 1: HIGHLIGHT
Using the lighter shade in the palette, highlight and create dimension by sweeping the powder along the high points of your cheekbones, bridge of nose, middle of forehead, and middle of chin.
STEP 2: CONTOUR
Next, using the darker shade in the palette, accentuate the lower part of your cheekbone, just beneath the area that you covered with highlighter, your jawline, temples, and both sides of your nose that surround the bridge.
STEP 3: BLEND
Using a small blending brush, buff and blend the two distinct shades into one another for a perfectly subtle, and natural-looking definition.
If you'd like to take an extra step and brighten up the area underneath your eyes (especially if you've had a late night), use the lighter shade in the palette to highlight the area underneath your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape and along your brow bone.
And there you have it – a perfectly sculpted look in just 3 steps, and 30 seconds using L'Oreal's Infallible Pro-Contour Palette!