How to contour like a Kardashian

Contouring – Its one of the biggest makeup crazes to date. Completely changing the shape and structure of ones face by shading and highlighting certain parts of the face seems way less expensive and feasible then plastic surgery right? So right! However it is NOT supposed to be noticeable, just a subtle definition.
This is where some women (and men) are getting it very wrong. This is not the time to go dipping your blush brush into some bronzer and adding a brown stripe under your cheeks. It’s all about the artistry and illusion.

Contouring was once a technique previously reserved for runway models and fancy photo shoots, but is now becoming part of many girls’ daily routines. Why? Because it’s easy, once you know what you are doing, have the right products and technique, and blend, blend, blend!

The Kardashians are clearly the masters of contour. Thanks to their team of highly skilled make up artists, but Kim bar far takes the cake when it comes to completely transforming her once very rounded face to a now slimmer bone structure. (Yes people, we all know her new look is also thanks to fillers and a few other cosmetic procedures.) But unlike Kim, we don’t all have a fab make up team on standby or the money to overhaul our faces, (or a husband like Yeezy – thank god!) so instead I’m providing you with the tools and fundimentals to get a chiseled Kardashian-esk contoured look that you can do on yourself, whenever you please. Your welcome!

Below are the exact steps that Kim’s makeup artist of over a decade Mario Dedivanovic uses to transform Kimmy during a glam session followed by how I break it down for the “normal” every day women.

The “Kimmy K” routine


As you’ll see, this routine is impossible to reproduce, with custom lip colors, but here’s a step-by-step to how Mario gives Kim her famous face.

1. Usually there’s hairspray on the face, so clean the face off first with a wet wipe.

2. Start with an emollient moisturizer, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer, using a white beauty blender. This goes on every part of the body that is visible.

3. Brush eyebrows with Anastasia Beverly Hills #14, but just the spooly part.

4. Next up: cream foundation. Use Giorgio Armani #7 and #9 mixed, otherwise, Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation. Use an It Cosmetics Double Ended Brush or for heavier application, Trish McEvoy brush.

5. Blend with damp beauty blender sponge. Kim is anal retentive about neck coverage being applied up the neck rather than down because she’s scared of wrinkles.

6. Add the POREfessional: Agent Zero shine powder under eyes, where you will later apply concealer.

7. Apply MAC Lip Balm.

8. Use MAC Powder Puff to protect underneath the eyes as you work on the eye area.

9. Apply Anastasia Brow Wiz in Medium Brown in the outer corners, with a lighter color towards the nose.

10. Next: Anastasia Brow Pro Palette to fill in some of the brow, also.

11. Twinkle Pop Eye Stick from Marc Jacobs, using a Sigma e46 inner corner brush all over the eye.

12. Highlight the browbone with Charlotte Tillbury Golden Goddess Palette, using a Stila #15 brush.

13. So Hollywood by Anastasia Beverly Hills — this is a highlighter for the face. It comes out late August.

14. Put MAC FIX+ on a wet brush, the one used for highlighting. For very center of the eyes.

15. Kevyn Aucoin eye pigment in Titian, used in the outer corners.

16. Dolce Vita Eyeshadow by Charlotte Tillbury.

17. Put on MAC Liquid Liner in Boot Black using the Anastasia #3 brush — in a very fine line. Mario uses the brush so the color of the liner doesn’t change in the pot each time you re-dip it.

18. Anastasia Cream Color in Jet, with the same brush.

19. Surratt Eyelash Curler (which is preferred over Shu Uemura).

20. Time for Dermacolor Camoflage System concealers. For Kim, the colors change every day but it is usually some combination of D1, D50, D51.

21. Use Giorgio Armani eye tint with a beauty blender.

22. Benefit Porefessional (used previously) to set undereyes.

23. Scorch by Urban Decay eyeliner under eyes.

24. Charlotte Tillbury Rock n Kohl Barbarella Brown Eyeliner Pencil.

25. Use Lorac #103 brush to blend bottom liner.

26. So Hollywood Illuminator using e46 Sigma brush in inner corner of the eye.

27. Light powder a MAC puffer with Bobbi Brown Loose Powder.

28. L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara (or Benefit They’re Real). Mario applies this with a finger on the lid so the mascara doesn’t get on Kim’s eyelid and ruin the makeup.

29. More MAC Bootblack liner.

30. Add Vintage Vamp Charlotte Tillbury Palette.

31. Cargo Swimmable Eye Pencil in Secret Beach in the inner eye.

32. Blend product with Sigma E17 brush.

33. MAC studio fix powder.

34. Apply Red Cherry lashes: Mario uses a bunch of different kinds, creating custom trays.

35. Elegant Lashes is another brand Mario likes, one he used on Kim that day.

36. Black DUO lash glue, always.

37. Anastasia Precision Tweezers to apply.

38. The big moment: Benefit Hoola to contour.

39. Apply with Trish Mcevoy 2B Sheer brush.

40. Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, the bottom middle shade, to contour her nose.

41. Vincent Longo #22 Large Eyeshadow Brush to apply and sculpt.

42. Filmstar Bronze & Glow by Charlotte Tillbury, specifically the highlight.

43. So Hollywood by Anastasia, again on her cheekbones.

44. Add a little bit of Watts Up Highlighter by Benefit as well. This a good cream highlighter Mario recommends.

45. Too Faced Love Flush Blush in I Will Always Love You using Trish McEvoy #48 Blending Brush and Sigma E35 Tapered Blending Brush.

46. Kevyn Aucoin Lip Pencil in Medium: Mario’s all time favorite pencil, the one he first used on Kim and continues to use constantly.

47. Preo Eyelash Curler: this curls small sections of your eyelashes. It’s super weird and from Japan.

48. Finally! Lip colors: like five from Tom Ford mixed together (all custom, sorry).

49. Spray with MAC FIX+.

50. Use TATCHA Blotting Papers to blot oil, if necessary.


My quick contouring routine

Products I use:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit in Medium
Kryolan Translucent Powder
Mac #217 Blending Brush
Fluffy powder brush
Beauty Blender

Using Cinnamon in the ABH Cream Pallet and either your Mac #217 or a small eyeshadow brush and trace your temples. If you have a larger forehead, carry the shade straight into your hairline to minimise it. Then to bring out your cheekbones, find the hollow part by placing your fingers on the sides of your face, and where you feel it dip underneath the bones, draw a line from your hairline just under the start of your cheekbone half way between your starting point and your mouth. With your nose, go a little bit narrower at the tip or you can carry it into the brow if you have a shorter nose to add length or width.

Take a damp beautyblender and tap over the area of the contour color, merging it into your base foundation. Tap in small circular motions using the bigger, rounded end of the beautyblender because it has more space. But for details like the sides of the nose, I flatten it and squeeze it into my hands.

Using Banana in the ABH Cream Pallet draw 3 lines in a downwards motion underneath your eyes. Do the same in the centre of the forehead and on the chin, and the bridge of the nose. Blend any excess product with a damp beauty blender.

With a fluffy powder brush, dust your entire face with loose powder. Translucent powder is best for securing a cream products.

Once you’ve completed your contour, finish slamming yourself up with a smouldering eye and apply blush to the apples of your cheeks, add a lip and rock your look with confidence!