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We Make The Case For Tantouring

If you want chiselled cheekbones but cannot be faffed to paint them on each morning (ain’t nobody got time for that), ‘tantouring’ is contouring for lazy ladies.

The premise is straight-forward – instead of using make up to achieve more ‘3D’ features – use self-tan to create the same effect (simples!).

Begin by applying a gradual self-tanning moisturiser all over your face (and neck!) to grant a gentle ‘glow’. Omorovicza’s {Glam Glow} gives a kiss of colour and is brimming with skin-friendly extracts to leave skin smooth, soft and supple.

For the most even coverage, use a flat-topped buffing brush to really work (werk werk werk werk werk) the product into skin and ensure the final effect is believable. Sigma’s {Flat Kabuki Brush (F80)} is ideal – diffusing product seamlessly for the most flawless finish.

Now for the tricky bit… to sculpt, you need to choose a shade of tanning mousse that’s roughly three shades darker than your skin tone. Mousse is recommended as it’s oil-free and easy to blend – plus, the guide colour means you can see instantly where you’ve been.

Vita Liberata’s {Rapid Fast Acting Tanning Mousse} is great, as it continues to develop over the course of three hours (meaning you can ‘go big or go home’… so to speak).

Dispense a pump onto a plate or make up blending tray, then use your buffing brush to blend the mousse in a broad stripe around your hairline, before switching to a flat-topped contouring brush to complete the next steps…

Use Morphe’s {Gunmetal Flat Contour Brush (G30)} to apply mousse to the hollows of your cheekbones (suckh your cheeks in if you’re struggling to find them), stopping once you’re parallel with the centre of each iris.

If you want to create the illusion of a slimmer, straighter nose, using the very edge of the brush to apply tan in an elongated “U” shape that sits just under the tip – this optically brings the bridge forward and make the edges recede.

You can also define your jawline – apply a stripe of self-tan from your chin to just-behind each ear – then blend as if your life depends upon it.

For best results, blend upwards and outwards using your buffing brush, and if the colour’s ‘setting’, dip bristles in a blob of moisturiser to disperse the tanning agents more effectively.

Once you’re happy, leave the tan to develop for 2-3 hours before washing off, to achieve the most convincing, Kardashian-worthy features that won’t smudge, budge or leave a weird, ‘Turin Shroud’ imprint on your pillow. 


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…