MMM {beautiful} Learning to contour like a Kardashian

In the world of make up, it is fair to say that Kim Kardashian would win an award for services to contouring (Kontouring?).

Indeed, this beauty trick has been used by make-up artists for YEARS to slim down noses, double chins and create the ultimate in cheekbone – but since Kardashian posted this Insta-selfie, contouring has gone mainstream, with specialist kits and cosmetic enhancers.

Image: Instagram.com/kimkardashian

Just before Christmas I was invited to a contouring masterclass by Athena

London’s newest beauty boutique, photographic studio and make up academy.

A destination for beauty junkie – the salon’s in-house academy offers masterclasses in make up and hairstyling, including half-day courses hosted by leading beauty industry insiders or you could even take it further with extended courses.

Keen to learn the secrets to chiselled cheekbones (and losing the double chin), I went down for a class with the fabulous Sandra.

Here’s the step-by-step guide I learned – and which I have been doing myself all party season!

Athena had only opened the day I visited. Rude not to.
Athena had only opened the day I visited. Rude not to.
The kit provided for me at the Athena contouring masterclass
The kit provided for me at the Athena contouring masterclass
Foundation and concealer shades
Foundation and concealer shades
1: Bare faced and ready to slap it on
1: Bare faced and ready to slap it on
2: Using a dark bronzer, powder your jawline and neck so it will eventually match your face. Then it's time to highlight. Use a thick concealer or foundation 2-3 shades LIGHTER than your skin shade. Paint it on with a medium sized make up brush forming an inverted triangle shape underneath your eyes, and between your eyes, draw a thin line down the centre of your nose, top of your lips and down the centre of your chin. From your ears back towards your nose, draw a line just above your cheek bones. Then using a foundation or concealer 2-3 shades darker, shade underneath the highlighter stripe on your cheeks, on either side of your nose, on the temples and underneath your jawline.
2: Using a dark bronzer, powder your jawline and neck so it will eventually match your face. Then it’s time to highlight. Use a thick concealer or foundation 2-3 shades LIGHTER than your skin shade. Paint it on with a medium sized make up brush forming an inverted triangle shape underneath your eyes, and between your eyes, draw a thin line down the centre of your nose, top of your lips and down the centre of your chin. From your ears back towards your nose, draw a line just above your cheek bones. Then using a foundation or concealer 2-3 shades darker, shade underneath the highlighter stripe on your cheeks, on either side of your nose, on the temples and underneath your jawline.
3: Using a medium sized clean blusher brush, start to blend in gentle circular motions all over, paying close attention to your jawline. Keep going over the areas with the highlighter and darker foundation shades until you've reached a definition you're happy with. Key word, BLEND!
3: Using a medium sized clean blusher brush, start to blend in gentle circular motions all over, paying close attention to your jawline. Keep going over the areas with the highlighter and darker foundation shades until you’ve reached a definition you’re happy with. Key word, BLEND!
4: The finished look. Check out that chiselled jaw! Ha!
4: The finished look. Check out that chiselled jaw! Ha!
A better view of the cheeks
A better view of the cheeks
With our clever teacher Sandra from Athena
With our clever teacher Sandra from Athena

 

 

 

 

 

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