We’ve all heard of the makeup technique called “contouring” but if you’re like us, you have no idea where to start!  Enter the lovely ladies of Morgan Marie Beauty.  Morgan and Marie were kind enough to give us a step-by-step demonstration on model Sarah- wait until you see the results!

What you’ll need: 1.) cream multiple sticks or concealers (We love NARS) in a light/highlighter color, 2.) a cream cheek color of your choice, 3.) a bronzing stick (try NARS South Beach, Palm Beach Multiple Sticks, or a concealer a few shades darker than your normal skin tone).

Step 1: After prepping your skin with your favorite primer, apply your darkest cream multiple or concealer around the perimeter of your face, through the hollow of the cheekbone, and on each side of your nose.
Step 2: Take your cream color stick and apply through the apples of the cheek and into the hair line
Step 3: Apply your highlighting stick through all the high points of the face (forehead, through the center of the nose, tops of cheeks, and chin) & also under the orbital bone.
If all else fails, here’s your road map to the perfectly contoured face.
Step 4:  Take your favorite foundation and blend throughout your skin.  Morgan Marie has the perfect Foundation Brush for a professional, airbrushed look!
How gorgeous does she look?  In person, it looked like she was glowing!  Any questions about the contouring process? Ask away!  We’ll track down the answers from the experts.  Have a makeup product you swear by?  Let us know, we’d love to hear from you.

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10 Responses to Contouring 101

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  2. I love this tutorial. I may have to invest in a bronzing stick. Thanks

  3. Love Nars, their Orgasm blush is my favourite beauty item… EVER!

  4. Cara says:

    OK, I just wondered if you could clarify about step 4. So you blend any foundation (cream, liquid) into your entire face. You don’t do any blending of the bronzer/concealer/blush first? I just feel like I’d be making a mess or getting shading in places that are unintended, but maybe I’m overthinking this. I don’t wear foundation very often, or blush for that matter, because my cheeks are naturally rosy (to the point where I’ve been accused of overusing blush when I am wearing none!) and I’m most interested in how to cover up so I could do something like this and not have natural cheek color bleed through hours later.

    • thechicagolifeblog says:

      Hi Cara, Thanks for your question! Sorry for the delay, but we sent your question straight to the experts at Morgan Marie Beauty. Here’s what Morgan had to say:

      “This is actually a perfect technique for trying to reduce redness! The sticks I would use for this particular client are Copacabana (highlight) & South Beach (cheek color & contour) – both from Nars. Using South Beach will help to reduce the redness is her skin and neutralize her skin tone. After she primed her skin and applied both of her multiple sticks, she can begin to apply her foundation. There is no need to blend the multiple sticks on their own. She can put a little bit of her foundation on the back of her hand, put a little bit on her brush and start blending through the center of the face towards the perimeter of the face until everything is blended together. Everything will look seamless this way. You don’t want to be able to see where one color starts or stops, it should all just blend together.”

      Hope that helps! xx

  5. Cara says:

    Thank you and the Morgan Marie Beauty ladies, this was a really helpful response. I feel like I just got some tailored suggestions that I can hardly wait to try out.

    • thechicagolifeblog says:

      Aren’t they wonderful?! Let us know if you have any more questions and we’ll have more answers coming your way! xx

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