The time for heavy contouring is *officially* over! But this doesn’t mean that you don’t sculpt your face, there’s just a new and improved way to do it. The latest technique taking social media by storm is called underpainting, and you’ve seen it on celebs such as Kendall Jenner and Jennifer Lopez.
This make-up application method still gives you a sculpted look, but it’s softer and appears more natural. Want to give it a go? Here’s how to do it in just five steps.
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This technique was created to yield a glowy finish. As such, it’s important to make sure your skin is well moisturised. After applying your sunscreen, use a hydrating primer. This will smooth out any imperfections in your skin’s texture while giving it a long-lasting moisture boost.
If you need to do any colour correcting, this is the time to do it! Green concealers can neutralise red tones and purple can limit sallow tones. After these have been blended, you can apply your regular concealer to cover any blemishes so you get a flawless finish.
The next make-up products to apply are the contouring ones. Start by applying your bronzer and making sure it’s well-blended – this helps to create angles. Next, use a highlighter on the high planes of your face, such as above your top lip and on your cheekbones.
The final thing to do before you grab your liquid foundation is to add some colour to your cheeks. You won’t be able to use a powder formula with this technique. Instead, use a liquid tint or a creamy blush on the apples of your cheeks, blending it upward and outward.
The last step is to apply your foundation. Because this is a dewy look, use a lightweight liquid formula that’s easy to blend. Using a foundation with a matte finish can cover up the work you’ve done underneath so it needs to be slightly sheer so that your soft contour is visible.