Contouring. Is it going to make you look like Kim K? Answer: probably not. Whether you’re a big Kardashian fan or not, there’s no denying that KK has undoubtedly helped take the art of contouring from Scary Thing That Only Makeup Artists Do to something that anyone with a mirror, decent tools and good eyesight can try out. So accordingly, there are any number of contouring kits out there offering you all you need to create cheekbones and define your features. But don’t let that lull you into think that contouring is easy, oh no! However, the Flawless Contouring Palette from Laura Mercier is – without a doubt – the most user-friendly, idiot-proof kit we’ve come across.
You’d be forgiven for looking at that image and thinking “Hold up! That is some seriously, seriously scary-looking make-up right there”. Don’t worry – everyone does that, even Ms Mercier herself (okay, maybe not…). Once you’ve read through the instructions – which are rather cleverly included as part of the palette – things will all make a lot more sense. Although contouring is a professional technique, it’s really just about working out light and shadows fall on the face to sculpt features. A more chiselled jawline? Use the darker shade. Cheekbones to rival Ms Moss? Go for the highlighter. Rather brilliantly, this is also a palette with colours to suit skintones from palest ivory to deepest cocoa. And even better – you can also double-up and use the colours as eyeshadows too.
Laura Mercier is undoubtedly the Queen of Makeup Au Naturel, so this is contouring that’s subtle, realistic and just really about helping you create a slightly better version of yourself! Trial and error is key here, but the step-by-step instructions and easily-blended cream formula mean pretty much anyone can master contouring and create a flawless finish. Oh hello, cheekbones!
The Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette is available to buy online here.