This Is How I Contour Without Makeup

BY Julie Kim  · April 18, 2016



Spring has officially sprung, and you know what that means: garden parties, backyard barbecues and beach getaways, where the dress code simply calls for tousled beach hair, sun-kissed skin (applied from a bottle, of course) and a youthful glow. Lucky for you and me, we can indulge in these perfect moments every day and look absolutely gorgeous with just a few waves of a magic wand. OK, they’re not actually magic wands, but today’s beauty devices are truly nothing short of magic.

First things first: Yes, I’m Asian, and I’m just as skin care-obsessed as most Asians are. I’ve recently adopted a more streamlined skin care routine, which has completely changed my life. Trust me, it took me by surprise too, especially because the belief that a proper beauty regimen takes a minimum of 10 products has been passed down in my family for generations. Now I truly believe that a beauty regimen doesn’t have to take an arsenal of products, nor does it have to be tedious—especially during warmer months, when it doesn’t really make sense to spend hours on your face and wear a full face of makeup. So when I want to look like the best version of me, there are only three products I rely on. Let me share them with you.

1. My Ultimate Sculpting Tool: NuFACE Trinity Facial Toner



First step: I lift and contour my face—not with makeup, but with the NuFACE Trinity Facial Toner. Everyone knows that beautiful art starts with a beautiful canvas. The NuFACE Trinity Facial Trainer kit is a microcurrent treatment clinically proven to improve facial contour and skin tone and reduce wrinkles. Why spend hours faking high cheekbones or beautifully lifted brows when you can achieve it naturally in as little as 5 minutes every day? The NuFACE Trinity is my all-time favorite beauty product that I believe everyone should have. If you only had time to do one thing, this should be it.

2. My Trusty Lash Volumizer: Stila Mile High Lashes Mascara


As the old adage goes, the eyes are the windows to the soul, and, personally, I like my windows with a dramatic flair. Stila’s Mile High Lashes Mascara is my current favorite for smudge-free instant length and volume. This jet-black formulation goes on smoothly, leaving behind just the perfect amount of pigment on every individual lash.

3: My Natural Glow Enhancer: Tarte’s Cheek Stain in Blissful


Finally, I add a hint of color on my cheeks and lips with Tarte’s Cheek Stain in Blissful. This mimics your natural flush (remember how you used to blush around your spring fling?) and adds just enough color to draw attention to your pout. It’s easy to use, multifunctional and travels well. Needless to say, I have one sitting on my vanity and one in my cosmetic bag.

There you have it—a perfectly polished, natural glow without all the painful hours of dabbing, smudging, contouring, highlighting and concealing, thanks to my not-so-secret-anymore beauty tools.

Julie Kim 

Julie Kim has been a beauty educator—specializing in advanced cosmetics and cutting-edge skin care technologies—for over 15 years. During that time, she has fulfilled various roles for several luxury brands, such as the Estee Lauder Companies po... Read More >