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This Cream Contouring Technique Is a Genius Makeup Hack!

K-beauty has done it again.
This Cream Contouring Technique Is a Genius Makeup Hack!
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K-beauty has done it again.

Saying "contouring is over" is but a big hyperbole. This makeup technique is not going anywhere, because a well-sculpted face is a timeless look in itself. In fact, the largely Western technique of cream contouring has now reached the realm of K-beauty, where a subtler technique called shading is typically preferred.

And as you might expect, the Korean way of contouring (or Kontouring for the sake of the pun), involves an easier and lighter approach to the drag queen-inspired technique. Their method is also unbelievably quick for what seems like a complicated process. With this, you can achieve a glowing three-dimensional face in three simple steps.

IMAGE Smashbox, Clinique, NYX

Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Stick (comes in a set of 3), P2200, Beauty Bar; Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm in Robus Rhubarb, P1400, SM Megamall; NYX Wonderstick, P620, SM Megamall

To do this, you'll need three contouring sticks: a highlighter, blush, and of course the contour. These three colors will add light, flush, and shadow to your face respectively. Now, here's how you can cream contour the K-beauty way:

Step 1: Highlight


Draw the number one, or simply a straight line, on the bridge of your nose, chin, and undereyes. Avoid extending the line to your forehead if you're oily! To blend, gently tap the product with your fingers, a brush, or a damp sponge.

Step 2: Blush


Draw the number two on each cheek with a cream blush stick, then blend the product with your fingers or using a damp sponge for a sheer finish. With this technique, the face will appear narrower unlike if you were to draw a line from the center of your cheeks upward.

Step 3: Contour


From your hairline down to your jawline, draw a shape that resembles the number three. The first curve should end right on the hollows of your cheekbones and must be at least an inch away from the lips and nose. Again with your fingers or a damp sponge, blend the contour until it looks natural.


It might look overwhelming now, but go ahead and try it to see the results yourself!