Makeup-free contouring is the new contouring
Contouring is an art form. You can spend hours binge-watching the latest beauty videos on how to sculpt your face and still end up with a different look every single time. The sheer number of makeup tools lying around on your bathroom sink will make you look like you raided the aisles of Sephora.
While contouring usually involves a laundry list of makeup products, a new, more organic trend is taking over: makeup-free contouring. The best part is that this makeup-free routine involves a variety of items that are already in your kitchen and are less expensive than your usual makeup products. Coffee and chocolate lovers, rejoice! In just a few short steps, DIY beauty blogger Farah Dhukai changed the entire contouring game using simple ingredients like coffee grinds and cacao powder to accentuate her features. In her tutorial, she creates a dual mask that tightens your skin and gives you a sexy, natural glow.
Whether you’re a makeup newbie or can beat your face in your sleep, her DIY makeup-free contouring look is very easy to pull off. The secret to perfecting this routine is to understand how one simple ingredient can enhance your beauty. Here’s how you can replicate her makeup-free mask.
To get started, all you’ll need are the following five items: honey, cacao powder, coffee grinds, rose petals and yogurt. In one bowl, mix the honey, yogurt and rose petals until you get a smooth blend. This is your highlight mask. If applied correctly, this will add some serious dimension to your face. Before you apply, figure out what areas of your face you want to brighten or accentuate. Knowing what works for your face shape is crucial.
In a separate bowl, create the second mask using cacao powder, honey, and coffee grinds. Outline your nose, cheekbones, forehead and jawline using this mixture. This is where the natural highlight and contour masks will go into full effect.
Whether you are completely sold on the idea of contouring sans makeup or are still a bit skeptical, there are surprising benefits to this DIY routine. For starters, many of the ingredients involved work together to reduce redness, tighten your skin, and open up your pores. Honey is packed with antioxidants, and is an amazing alternative to moisturizer without all of the added chemicals. In fact, the skin benefits of cacao and coffee alone are enough to warrant trying out this. This gives you the perfect excuse to pick up that second or third cup of Joe!
Watch her amazing makeup-free contouring in action here:
Cassandra is a beauty and lifestyle writer. She spends most of her time treating herself to dinner and movie dates, pretending her life is a Marvel comic and figuring out how to keep her makeup on her face. Not necessarily in that order. She blogs about affordable outfits from her favorite movies and TV shows at Onscreencloset.com.