Contouring, a makeup technique used to manipulate the appearance of different features, has been one of the biggest trends in the beauty world for a while now. And, with the best makeup brands constantly releasing new must-have contouring palettes and brushes, it doesn’t look like it’s going too far off the radar anytime soon. Even other beauty products, like lotions, have the word “contouring” on their packaging because brands know that that alone is enough to convince the consumer to make a purchase.
From a smaller nose to a wider forehead, contouring can produce all kinds of results. But, the altercations don’t have to stop at your face, even though that’s probably the area that’s most talked about. Believe it or not, you could contour your entire body if you wanted to. Or if that sounds unnessecary, you could just stick to your arms, your legs, or your stomach for those crop top outfits.
I think it’s a really cool concept, but in my makeup routine, I usually stick to contouring only one other area besisides my face: my cleavage. It might sound strange, but it’s the perfect way too look, and feel hotter in that plunging neckline.
I always get told I’m lucky to be smaller chested because I can easily go braless, have an easier time shopping for bras, don’t get back pain, and don’t have to worry about anything falling out or looking too slutty when wearing something low-cut.
I agree, it is nice to be able to wear a deep-v without having to make sure my boobs are in tact every five minutes, but at the same time I still want to be able to fill something out that’s made to be filled out. That’s where the contouring comes in. Contouring the chest area enhances, defines, and creates an apparent fullness so you don’t have to worry about looking twelve. And, it’s so easy a caveman could do it.
You don’t even need a 50 dollar contour palette, as long as you have a shade of foundation two shades darker than your skin tone, and a shade two shades lighter than your skin tone, you’ll have no problem with this.
Before you start, make sure your familiar with your breast bone, collar bones, and natural cleavage lines, because you’re basically just going to be tracing over these areas. The last thing you want is for someone to notice that your chest looks off.
It’s also a good idea to wear whatever undergarments you’re planning on wearing under your outfit anyway, because changing bras might affect your outline. Another thing you definitely wouldn’t want is to change into a push-up bra and turn a perfect makeup job into an unnatural looking one.
Decide where you want your cleavage to start, or appear to start. You can make it as high or low as you want, but be careful not to make it too high or too low. After you’ve decided on a starting point, take your contour, or darker shade, and draw the outline for each boob and trace over your breast bone. You are basically making an “M” with your brush. You also want to go over the tops of your collar bones with this shade.
For the purpose of this post, I’m wearing a Mossimo bikini top from Target. For my contour shade, I used the light brown shade in Tarte’s Tarteist Contour Palette, with angled The Slenderizer Bamboo Contour Brush, also by Tarte.
The next step isn’t as complicated. Once your satisfied with your contour, fill in the area between the outline you just made and the edge of your bra with your highlighter, or lighter shade. Also be sure to make parallel lines above and below your collar bones.
The highlighter I used is the light matte shade also in Tarte’s Tarteist Contour Palette, and I used the “Foundation” brush from MY BRUSH SET to apply it.
Now all you have to do is blend everything until it looks natural. This step can make or break your final result. If you don’t blend enough, there will be obvious makeup streaks. If you blend too much you will erase everything you just did. I usually blend everything with a Beautyblender, but with this particular routine it’s a lot easier for me to use the rounded side of Tarte’s Slenderizer Bamboo Contour Brush.
If you end up with one side bigger than the other, or uneven coloring, just add the product needed to even things out, blend again, and repeat until you are satisfied with your “boob job.”
It might be hard to see a huge enhancement up close, I know it is in these pictures. Even sometimes looking in the mirror I’m not sure if I did enough. But if you leave it and come back to the mirror later, or look at pictures that were taken, you won’t be disappointed.
At least I know I wasn’t when I looked back at these pictures that were taken back in March and over the summer, respectively. I didn’t realize my contouring efforts paid off until I happened to look at these a couple of days after they were taken. Sometimes you need a fresh pair of eyes.
Well there you have it. Now you can find a way to totally rock that very-cute-but-revealing dress that’s been sitting in your closet because you’re always iffy about wearing it. This is pretty much a variation of the push-up bra, except you can control how it looks. It doesn’t even matter what your chest size is, anyone can use this trick to make their boobs look really good. And I mean really good.
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