Contouring for Spring

Winter has officially ended and spring has sprung! Time to start showing some extra skin. Outside of keeping your skin looking clean and young, contouring is i great way to spice up your look even more this spring. Check out this article with 3 unexpected ways to up your contour game and be ready for the warmer seasons!

It’s a springtime rite of passage to ditch the cashmere turtlenecks and show some skin. This season, necklines dipped extra low and we saw off-the-shoulder looks on the runway at Proenza Schouler, Chloé, and more. Since your décolletage is about to take center stage, we asked L’Oréal Paris celebrity makeup artist Sir John to share his red-carpet secrets for your sexiest neck ever. 

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Defined Eyes 

Start with your lids-if you sculpt only your chin and neck, the result won’t look balanced. The key to sculpting any part of the face, Sir John says, is using makeup that’s matte with a cool undertone, like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Contour Palette. “Those properties absorb light,” he says, thereby mimicking shadows naturally created by killer bone structure. Sir John dipped a short, stiff makeup brush in the contour powder and applied it to the lid. Then he used a fluffier eye shadow brush to blend, going deep into the crease. “That’s what makes the look pretty and ethereal,” he explains.

A Contoured Chin

“Creating structure means thinking about where the light naturally hits your face,” Sir John says. “One spot you’re normally going to have shadows is underneath the jaw.” To contour it, he dipped the brush that comes in the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Contour Palette into the contour powder, then swept it from behind the ear down, wrapped under the jaw, and then swept up to the other ear. Hitting under the chin is essential: “A lot of times when we’re relaxing, we start to slouch, and this area doubles up,” he warns. It happens to all of us, which is why Sir John contours under every client’s chin.

Collarbones That Pop

Here’s the visual trick to creating a focal point at your neckline: a slight V along the neck that draws eyes to the inner point of your clavicles. Dip a tapered brush into the contour powder in the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Contour Palette and run it diagonally along the right side of your neck and along the top of your right collarbone. Then brush under the same collarbone as well. Repeat along the other side. “It almost creates an arrow pointing down, so no one will look at the width of your neck or shoulders anymore,” Sir John says. For extra oomph, run highlighter along the high point of your bones. And boom: Now your neckline commands attention-along with that Chloépeasant blouse. 

Dress: Edun; Earrings: Jennifer Fisher

Makeup: Sir John

Hair: Jennifer Yepez

Stylist: Shibon Kennedy