Beauty Trends

The New Sculpting Craze You Need To Know About

Contouring-but-not-quite, is how we would describe the current trend for soft contouring. Instead of statement sculpting à la Kim K, this is about a more gentle suggestion of shadow, in the manner of a ’90s Kate Moss. It’s not just about using less product (d’oh!) you can achieve it in a number of ways: by overlapping contour colour with your blusher, using a softer shade that’s similar to your natural skin tone (perhaps one or two shades darker than your foundation).

Or focusing just underneath the top half of your cheekbones (as opposed to following the ‘hollow’ all the way down). This is idea for contouring newbies, who’re scared of make up looking ‘striped’, or for those who see regular contouring as a bit too ‘out there’ for them.

Model getting her face contoured

The best way to get a spot-on soft contour? Use a palette to customise your perfect shade – {Anastasia Beverly Hills} Pro Series Contour Cream Kit has six shades you can mix-and match, and comes in three different colour variants, depending on your skin tone.

When it comes to applying it, rather than a densely packed contour brush, opt for something rounder for a soft-focus finish. We love Zoeva’s Cream Cheek Brush which is specially shaped to hug the contours of your face, and diffuses and blends product seamlessly.

And for the perfect finishing touch – all you need is a dusting of highlighter to really make those cheekbones pop. You can’t go wrong with {Kevyn Aucoin’s The Celestial Powder} in ‘Candlelight’ blended over the top of the cheekbones to imbue skin with a timeless shimmer.


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Cult Beauty’s Content Editor and a Cult Beauty OG, Verity loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm. A quintessential Libran, she’s a self-professed magpie for luxury ‘must-haves' and always pursuing the new and the niche — from the boujee-est skin care to cutting-edge tech. Balancing an urge to stop the clock with her desire to embrace the ageing process (and set a positive example for her daughter), Verity's a retinol obsessive and will gladly share her thoughts about the time-defying gadgets, masks and treatments worth the splurge...