Trend Alert: Your Biggest Contouring Mistakes & How To Fix Them

Tracey Keough Park is back as our guest blogger and today she's talking about the hottest beauty and makeup trend right now - Contouring. Find out what you're probably doing wrong, how to fix it and see what powder she recommends (It's also a fav of top makeup artists.) for your contour, your lids or even as a fill-in for your brows. Hello Versatile! 

A Quick Note On Contouring

Everywhere I look I see heavily contoured faces, contour palettes, contour cream/powder/crayons, contour how-to's and youtube tutorials. I clearly don't need to write about "how" to contour, but I'd like to mention the different methods for contouring. The purpose of contouring is to accentuate the planes and angles of your face with shadow and light. You can use a deep shade to create a recessed area and/or a highlight shade to bring forward or lift higher points of the face. Most often I see heavy contouring using deep shades under the cheekbone and along the jaw and this is rather aging. For a more youthful and vibrant contour try using just the highlight across the top of the cheeks, in the inner and outer corners of the eyes, just above the brows, the upper bridge of the nose and above the top lip. Skip the deep shadow and the highlighted areas will be brought forward and lifted in a more natural way. People will comment on how young and fresh you look. 

 *If you want to use contouring to look "thinner" (or younger), then starting contouring with a darker shade along the jawline can often do the trick without going crazy under the cheekbone. Also, any jawline contour should go all the way back to right under the earlobe. 


Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder 

The makeup legend's eponymous line is still somewhat of an industry secret but is worth seeking out. I have several must-haves from the line and the Sculpting Powder is one of them. This medium pigmented powder is a unique combination of brown, grey and red that results in a perfect neutral "shadow" color. It is the most believable contour color I have found and it has multiple uses. I rarely use it for cheek or jawline, but it is brilliant as a contour, for the eyes or as a brow powder. It is not a bronzer and should never be used in that way as it is not meant to provide any glow, but only the suggestion of a shadow. It creates the perfect "nude" eye as it defines the socket with the illusion of depth and a "no makeup" look. If you're over 40, it will be your favorite friend and you'll never want to be without it. Used properly to contour the cheek/face it is brilliant. The compact itself is not large (like a bronzer) but I have been using it for almost ten years and have just purchased my third one. Kevyn Aucoin is available at Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus and Sephora (online only).


More About Tracey

Name: Tracey Keough Park

Waypoints: North Providence, Cambridge, Somerville, Providence, Cranston

Happy Things: Coffee, Cooking, Chocolate, Dogs, the Ocean, Wine

Unhappy Things: Bad Driving, Illogical Thinking, Mispronunciation, Being Out Of Wine Or Chocolate

Goals for the Future: Living long enough to dress in head to toe leopard with a turban and red lipstick. Yup.