Fake a Facelift in 5 Minutes with this Contour Technique
Makeup has always been one of my favorite “anti-aging” tools. It’s amazing because it works instantly to smooth-out your complexion and cover-up dark spots, blemishes & wrinkles.
But what if you could use makeup to actually “lift” the appearance of loose, saggy skin?
Well, a makeup trend known as “contouring” has the power to do just that. By mimicking the effects of shadows and light, contouring can actually create a youthful, “sculpted” look to your face.
The problem is… if you watch any of those exhaustive tutorials on YouTube, contouring seems incredibly difficult and downright intimidating.
But today I’m going to show you a simple contouring technique that literally anyone can master — and it can be done in less than five minutes! It’s called the “No. 3 Trick.”
If you can write the numeral “3”, then you can use contouring to create the illusion of younger, sculpted features.
And the best part is…
You Only Need 4 Products to “Fake a Facelift”
- A matte contour shade
- An iridescent highlight
- A dense, angled brush
- A fan brush
1. A matte contour shade mimics shadows.
When choosing contour, powder is the easiest to work with. You may be tempted to reach for a cream formula, but it’s easy to over-do it with such a pigmented product — and that won’t end well.
Use a matte contour and avoid using anything iridescent, sparkly; or shimmery. An all over shimmer looks dated and draws attention to the wrinkles on your face — ruining the sculpted, slimming effect we’re trying to create!
Next, it’s time for shade selection. Generally speaking, it’s best to reach for a cool-toned shade — something that mimics real shadows.
2. A highlight shade with subtle sheen reflects light.
Find a highlight that’s just shimmery enough to reflect natural light. The key here is to avoid anything too glittery — which can look artificial.
If you’ve got fairer skin, look for a shade with a pearl-colored tone. (You might see these in stores with “champagne” or “moonstone” on the label.)
If you’ve got olive or darker skin, choose a color with golden or rose-gold tones. (Sometimes labeled as “peachy” or “bronze.”)
Now that you’ve got the perfect shades of contour and highlight, you’re going to need two specialty brushes that really make it easy to get a precise application.
(This comes straight from a client of mine who works as a makeup artist in film production: “It’s all about the brush… get the right brush and it’s almost impossible to screw up!”)
3. A medium-sized, angled brush for contour.
This should be firm with densely-packed bristles. It should have an angled shape that hugs the curves of your face. While browsing brushes, look for labels like “face-hugging,” or “sculpting.”
4. A fan brush for highlight.
For your highlight, use a fan brush. This will help you have control over the area where you’ll apply it.
It’s almost impossible to deposit too much product with a fan brush; and it will give you just enough glow without looking like a disco ball. A fan brush is also flat in shape, helping you apply directly to the angular part of your cheekbone.
Now that you’ve got all your tools, get ready to fake a facelift!
The “No. 3 Trick” — A Complete Step-by-Step Guide to the Perfect Contour:
- After applying foundation, lightly dust your contour brush into the contour powder, tapping off any excess.
- Looking in a mirror, imagine drawing a giant “3” on one side of your face — starting from the center of your forehead, down your cheekbone, back near your temple; finishing down your jawline.
- Repeat on the other side of your face.
- Avoid obvious lines by blending any harsh edges into your foundation.
Pro Tip — Suck in your cheeks to help you find their hollow and apply along this line.
Gradually add more contour powder until your features are defined. You’ll know you’ve added enough powder when your cheekbones stand out and your jawline appears chiseled.
Next, apply your highlight to complete the “lifted” effect:
- Dust your fan brush into your highlight, gently picking up a bit of product.
- Apply across the upper cheekbone, building up slowly.
- Repeat on the other side of your face.
And that’s it! With this simple “3” technique you’ll be a contouring pro in no time.
Stick to this simple technique every time. There’s no need to invest in expensive palettes or waste time on insane tutorials. This trick works, and it makes you look younger and fresher. What more could you want from your makeup?
Try it out before catching up with an old friend over lunch, or a special dinner date — can you say Valentine’s Day? It’ll give your face an instant pick-me-up, so you can feel like your best, most radiant self.
I’d love for you to try this quick little guide and let me know how it works for you!
P.S. It’s never been easier to “cheat” a slimmer jawline or nab more defined cheekbones with the flick of a makeup brush. Yet still, cosmetic surgery is more popular than ever.
What do you think? Would you ever go under the knife to enhance your features?
What about your other options? There’s always anti-aging skincare — and now the “No. 3 Trick” — in your back pocket.
Comment below and let me know what you think about makeup vs. cosmetic surgery! And make sure to share this post with a friend who’d like to try their hand at contouring.