What Is Colourless Contouring?

There will always be traditional methods of applying makeup as well as runway trends that eventually trickle down to the everyday makeup bag. Colourless contouring is an oxymoron that's worth exploring.

There will always be traditional methods of applying makeup as well as runway trends that eventually trickle down to the everyday makeup bag. Colourless contouring is an oxymoron that's worth exploring.

Contouring has been popular for a few years now, and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon. But there's a new trend on the horizon: colourless contouring, the toned-down sister of standard contouring.

 

What is colourless contouring?

 

What's the difference between colourless contouring and regular contouring?


Colourless contouring sounds confusing and contradictory. Contouring is all about using darker tones to create the illusion of shadows, so how can colourless contouring possibly work?

This technique isn’t at all as nonsensical as it sounds. Colourless contouring is actually quicker and easier to get the hang of and much harder to get wrong.

With contouring, you create shadows. With colourless contouring, you create light areas that instantly lift your face and create the illusion of shadows—without the need to apply dark shades.

The result is a softer, more natural finish. Whilst contouring works well on darker and tanned summer skin, colourless contouring favours pale skin and the winter months.

You may not get the angular cheekbones that are possible with contouring, but colourless contouring still ensures a sculpted appearance. Further, the highlights give you a radiant and youthful look.

Colourless contouring is also less time-consuming. It's a perfect way to incorporate sculpting into your beauty routine without having to spend much more time on your makeup.

 

What is colourless contouring?

 

How can I try the colourless contouring trend?


All you need is a highlighter. For a true colourless contour, use a matte highlighter or very light illuminator instead of a shimmery product.

We recommend Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in 01 Highlight or Inika Baked Mineral Illuminisor. Both are perfect for colourless contouring due to their natural finish and minimal sheen.

Apply the product to all the areas you would normally skip when contouring, such as the centre of the forehead, the chin, and the top of the cheekbones. You can then go in with additional highlight in areas you want to enhance, such as the Cupid’s bow, inner corners of the eyes, and bridge of the nose.

If you’ve tried contouring and it wasn’t for you, then try colourless contouring. It's a way to sculpt your features without applying too much product. The results will be subtle but effective, and you'll have glowy skin to boot.

 

What is colourless contouring?