Let me preface this entire article with saying that I’ve always been mystified by the cosmetic voodoo that makeup artists, and skilled makeup devotees alike, can manage to pull off when using a simple combination of paints and brushes. Like seriously, seriously mystified. You see, I’m a five minute makeup kind of girl. For very special occasions, I’ll dip my toes into the world of liquid eyeliner (and immediately regret it.) So when it came to the idea of the tools you need to master contouring, I knew I had to reach out to someone who knew what they were talking about. Because if I tried to contour, or tried to even talk about contouring, I’d wind up sounding like a complete foreigner. So I turned to makeup artist Megan Nichols, so she could school me in the art of contouring.
“Contouring has blown up in the past year or two,” Nichols says. “If you’re attempting to contour with the wrong tools, you can wind up looking a little tragic. As is true with any makeup trend, it’s important to adjust the trend to fit your own personality, skin, and daily routine."
Nichols assured me that yes, even I could master contouring if I wanted to give it a shot. "It's not as complicated as it might seem," says Nichols. "With the right combination of brushes and a little bit of practice, you can get your Kardashian on." Below, Nichols recommends her favorite tools for getting the job done right.