Kim Kardashian’s Contouring Technique

This week Kim Kardashian posted a photo on her twitter page which highlighted – pardon the pun – her skin contouring technique (or rather that of her make-up artist, Scott Barnes).  It’s a simple but very effective technique which draws attention to the focal points of the face, balances facial features and emphasises bone structure.

Kim Kardashian’s Contouring Technique

I decided to replicate the look to show you how easy it.  As a guide, I used this handy visual which Jemma Kidd (pro make-up artist) posted on her Facebook page yesterday.

Jemma Kidd Contouring Technique


1.  Apply foundation to your face and neck in a tone that perfectly matches your skin.

I used Revlon ColorStay Foundation for Oily / Combination Skin which gives excellent coverage for oily skin, breakouts, blemishes etc.  Although I have dry skin, I used this formulation as it is was a very hot day and I wanted my make-up to withstand a day in the sun.  Incidentally, there is a Colorstay formula for dry skin too.

2.  Choose a cream-textured concealer that is one shade lighter than your foundation and apply it to the areas of the face that you want to highlight.

Use the diagram above as a guide.  I used a Bobbi Brown Face Touch-up Stick but there are many cheaper alternatives on the market (e.g. Bourjois, Catrice) which would do just as good a job.

3.  Choose a contouring cream in a dark colour (preferably an ashy-brown tone).

I used Chanel’s Bronze Universale (Tan de Soleil) which is a cream bronzer – although the colour is a bit too orange for my liking.  MAC has a range of contouring creams coming out later this month which you could use – or you could just use a very dark concealer.  Using your fingertips or a concealer brush, apply the contouring cream per the diagram above.

4.  Get a clean blending brush and blend the creams into the skin in a quick circular motion.  

Blend, blend, blend, blend and blend.  Then blend some more.  Don’t worry about the products overlapping – that’s the idea!  You want the overall result to look soft and clean, with no harsh edges.  I used a Real Techniques Stippling Brush for this.

5.  Complete your make-up as normal.  

I applied a small bit of Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder to the centre of the face, then I applied a dab of Sleek blush in ‘Rose Gold’ to the apples of the cheeks, Revlon Super Lustrous lipgloss in ‘Coral Reef’ to my lips, MAC ‘Woodwinked’ eye shadow to my eyelids, Rimmel Glam Eyes liquid liner to my upper lash line, Rimmel Extra Super Lash mascara to my lashes and Gosh Lets Twist Eyeliner in ‘Aqua Line’ to my waterline.  Finally, I groomed my brows using Sleek Brow Kit in ‘Dark’.


(Top Row) 1. Bare face 2. Foundation + contour | (Bottom row) 3. Everything blended together 4. Voila!  |  No flash or photo processing used



I’m delighted with the results – my skin looks clear, smooth, bright and healthy and my face looks balanced and proportionate.  I have quite a long face; hence, by applying the darker shades on the top of my forehead, jawline and tip of my chin, I’ve successfully corrected the proportions.  Elsewhere, my cheekbones are more prominant and my nose (which is slightly crooked) looks slimmer and straighter, thanks to clever sculpting.  While I definitely won’t be replicating this look every day (it’s a LOT of make-up and time-consuming to apply), I will definitely use it for evening and occasion make-up.

Wayne Goss has an excellent video demonstrating this technique; click here to watch.

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