Contouring for Real Women: How to Pull Off a Natural-Looking Contour

BY Rachel Short · January 22, 2016

Contouring is all the rage these days, but if you think the only end result is dramatically defined and chiseled facial features, guess again. With the right products from Dermablend, the No. 1 dermatologist-developed and recommended camouflage cosmetics brand, you can subtly accentuate the contours of your face and achieve a natural, nude look—even if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin. Just follow these simple steps to contour, highlight, set your look and effortlessly remove every last trace of makeup at the end of the day.

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STEP 1: Cover and Conceal
They key to a natural-looking contour is to start with a flawless base. There’s a Dermablend option for every foundation formulation preference:

Cream: Dermablend Cover Creme SPF 30

Liquid: Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation

Powder: Dermablend Intense Powder Camo

Then, add the right concealer to camouflage imperfections. Dermablend’s Quick Fix Concealer SPF 30 is ideal for blemishes and scars, while the Smooth Indulgence Redness Concealer’s green tint neutralizes ruddiness, blotchiness and flushing with a long-lasting matte finish.

STEP 2: Contour
You don’t need a special product to contour, and Dermablend’s Quick Fix ConceaShop Tler SPF 30 actually makes it easy for you to apply color precisely in the right place. Select two shades darker than your natural skin tone for contouring, and concentrate on the hollows beneath the cheekbones (suck in your cheeks to find the right spot), above the temples (make a “C” shape above and outside of your eyebrows) and along the jawline (start a few inches from your chin going back toward your ears, and take time to blend back and downward).

STEP 3: Highlight
To achieve a contouring effect, it’s essential to highlight the spots of your face where light naturally hits first, such as on top of the cheekbones, the center of the forehead, down the middle of the nose and the chin. To make these areas pop, use the Dermablend Quick Fix Concealer that’s two shades lighter than your natural skin tone. For a natural, nude look, take the time to blend thoroughly. You shouldn’t be able to see where the contouring ends and the highlighting begins.

STEP 4: Set
To help face makeup last, a setting product is essential. Available in both powder and mist formulations, these finishing products lock makeup in place for hours on end and keep skin looking its best throughout the day. Dermablend Loose Setting Powder is best for controlling shine, while Dermablend Set + Refresh mist is excellent for a midday makeup reboot—and just a few spritzes will take you from your desk to dinner (or drinks) with makeup that looks fresh and dewy.

STEP 5: Remove
There’s nothing worse for your skin than sleeping in makeup—except greasy, oily makeup removers that leave residue behind. Dermablend Long Wear Makeup Remover has a creamy formula that hydrates skin as it dissolves waterproof mascara, long-wear foundation and all other cosmetics without clogging pores or irritating sensitive skin.

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Rachel Short

Rachel Short is the current Director of Training for Dermablend Professional. She is a licensed esthetician with for 16 years and has extensive experi... Read More >