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Why non-touring is the new contouring

Why non-touring is the new contouring

It’s official; the queen of face-painting by numbers has sounded the death knell for contouring. At a talk for Vogue Magazine, Kim Kardashian revealed she’s no longer a fan, and instead it’s all about “non-touring”. What is it? Well, it’s a combination of light contouring and glow-enhancing strobing. Combining the two successfully provides a glowy sculpt to the face, but without the super-defined lines and Kardashian levels of product.

Non-touring is a pared back daylight-friendly look, that’s achievable by simply using a primer, tinted moisturiser, and highlighter to get a lit from within glow.

Early adopters include models Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner, and Jennifer Lopez is another non-touring fan. If you’re doing it right, successful non-touring should look soft and give you dewy and glowy skin avoiding the ultra matte look associated with contouring. It’s a step back to a more natural, glossy look. Here’s how to non-tour in three easy steps:

Prime it perfect

Start with a primer that's right for your skin type. If you're oily, don't use something that's super matte. Look for one that's dewy or has a luminous shimmer like Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer.

Add a light base

Since this is a more natural look, use a tinted moisturiser like Thalgo BB Cream Perfect Glow or a BB cream like Smashbox Camera Ready which comes in eight different shades, rather than a heavy, full coverage foundation. If you have problem skin or blemishes, use concealer as a spot treatment.

Highlight for the glow

Highlighter provides the final flourish; just make sure you choose one which most flatters your skin tone. If you are fair-skinned, choose a highlighter with frosty pink undertones like Autograph’s Pink Luxe Powder Highlighter to avoid an orange look. And for women with olive-toned or darker skin, Charlotte Tilbury’s Bar of Gold Highlighter brick will be the perfect hue. Just brush your chosen highlight onto the parts of the face where light would naturally hit – above the cheekbones, under the brow bone, the bridge of the nose, and Cupid's bow.

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