Tantouring Is The New, Semi-Permanent Way To Contour. Here's How To Do It


The trouble with contouring is it's time-consuming, (if you want to shape perfectly chiseled cheekbones every morning then you can wave bye bye to your lie ins), but a new beauty trend could be set to change that.

"Tantouring" is a contouring trick that doesn't involve any concealers, foundations or powders. In fact in involves no makeup at all, just fake tan.

Not only does this mean you can rock a fierce contour with a fresh face, it's also semi-permanent which means you'll only need to apply once a week.

Emily Ratajkowski works the natural-look contour

Tantouring requires some practice runs with makeup first, as you'll want to ensure you've got your sculpting technique down before you apply the fake tan so you don't end up dealing with this...

It's also worth noting that if you use muslin cloths, face scrubs, astringent toners or acid treatments as part of your daily skincare routine, your fake tan contour is probably still only going to last a day. D'oh.

Want to try it out at home? Marissa Carter, the founder of self tan brand Coco Brown (which we reviewed here), told us how to do tantouring in five simple steps:

1. Apply a gradual tanning moisturiser all over the face. This gives the skin a gentle glow.

2. Using a stippling foundation brush apply a darker shade of tan to forehead. In this case we used the Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter 1 Hour Tan Dark Mousse. Using a mousse formulation is important because it is oil free and won't clog pores or cling to fine lines and wrinkles.

3. Using an angled contouring brush apply tan under cheekbone from ear to mid cheek. A little bit of tan under the tip of the nose and down the sides will make the nose look smaller.

4. This may look harsh when first applied but use fingers to blend for an even glow.

5. Let the tan develop for one, two, or three hours depending on your desired look. Your contour should then last between five-seven days before fading.

Christina Aguilera, Contour Makeup Miss

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