Right now, I don’t know that there is a hotter trend or technique in makeup than contouring. People are obsessed with getting the look of added definition–highlighted areas and hollowed-out contours. The overall effect, when done correctly, is a beautifully sculpted appearance to the face.
NARS Contour Blush ($42) is a new introduction that has two coordinated shades in one palette. The light shade is the highlighter, used to illuminate the high points of the face; the deeper shade enhances definition. The highlighting shade is applied to the temple areas of the forehead, down the top of the bridge of the nose, the “parentheses” area on either side of the mouth and the upper cheekbones. You should apply the deeper shade to the hollows of the cheek, the top of forehead and around the jawline.
There are three shades of NARS Contour Blush:
OLYMPIA – Ivory/Rose
PALOMA – Pink beige/Deep rose
GIENAH – Honey/Amber
I’m fairly familiar with contouring, and I would say that having the coordinated shades really helps. In addition to the right product, the right brushes are essential for effective contouring. I like a brush with very compact, tight bristles to deposit the color; the NARS #21 Contour Brush is perfectly shaped to do that.
NARS offers this technique for contouring: To create the perfect contour on cheeks, apply the deeper shade of the Contour Blush to the hollows of the cheek and along the hairline, sweep the light shade across the cheekbone toward the temple to soften and highlight. Finish the look with a pop of your favorite blush shade on the apples of the cheek. You can also watch a “how-to” video in the artistry section of the NARS website, for additional insight.
I tried the NARS Contour Blush in Paloma, which is what I’d consider a medium shade. The highlighting shade is a warm nude with pink undertones and the darker contour shade is a warm brown. I was a little skeptical before I tried this product, because generally my preference has been to contour with creme products. But I was pleasantly surprised. You definitely will get a good result with this pairing; it works well, looks natural and is not as intimidating a process as you think!
Disclosure: A press sample has been provided by the brand/PR for editorial consideration, product testing, photography and review. Affiliate links have been used in the post, which means a small commission is earned.