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Beauty 101: Contouring tutorial from pro makeup artist Kelly Bilimoria

Convinced contouring is a crafty trick reserved exclusively for the A-list? Not so. Pro makeup artist Kelly Bilimoria shows us how it’s done on LIV reader Natasha.

Step 1
Step 1

Step 1:  Start off by creating a flawless base using foundation, a good primer and concealer where necessary. For a sheerer finish, mix your foundation and primer together before applying.

Try: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, Make Up For Ever Step 1 Primer

Step 2
Step 2


Step 2:
  Next, apply your eye makeup of choice – shadow, liner, mascara – and fill in brows as necessary to frame your eyes.

Try: Suratt Beauty Liner, Benefit They’re Real! Mascara

Step 3
Step 3

Step 3: To identify where to contour, take a brush and place it against the hollow of your cheek. You should be contouring just above this line.

Step 4
Step 4

Step 4: Use the brush and your contouring powder to gradually shade in the area, blending the colour upwards as you go.

Try: Sleek Contour Palette in Medium (available from Luxola)

Step 5
Step 5

Step 5:  How to set off the perfect contour? A good highlighter. Using a different brush, sweep highlighting powder over the tops of cheekbones and up the temples for a 3D effect.

Try: The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighting Powder

Step 6
Step 6


Step 6:
Finish your look with a swish of lipstick or gloss, and you’re ready to take on the town!

This story first appeared in Expat Living’s July-Liv 2015 issue.

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