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Since Kim Kardashian’s infamous mid-contouring selfie hit social media, the craze of contouring has blown up as a must-know makeup trend of 2014. This subtle shading trend is made simple thanks to Real Techniques expert, Samantha Chapman. Take the complication out of contouring with her top tips to master the intricate art of defining the face.

Samantha says:

“The art of contouring has definitely blown up as a ‘must-know’ makeup trend this year and it is certainly a fine art that can be very difficult to conquer. Contouring involves shading different areas of your face to create a more defined look and face shape and if you’ve ever seen a before and after contour, the wonders it can work are incredible. I recommend different types of contouring for each face shape and size, but once you’ve got the right tools and the basic concept sorted, you can work wonders in altering the angles of your face.”

Step 1: Grab yourself a small three colour palette with a blush (pink), highlighter (white) and a bronzer (brown) and begin with the Real Techniques Contour Brush which can be found in the Real Techniques Core Collection (RRP $45).

Step 2: Beginning with your cheekbones, coat the tip of your brush in the darker bronzer colour and begin applying the bronzer from the ear down towards the corner of your mouth. Applying more generously at the back of the cheekbones up near the ear to make it slightly darker. You don’t want the bronzing to be too visible so keep working it in circular motions to blend.

Step 3: Take the Real Techniques Stippling Brush (RRP $22.95) and run a small amount of foundation over the top of the bronzing on the cheeks to blend it more thoroughly.

Step 4: With your Real Techniques Setting Brush (RRP $14.95), apply the highlighter colour along the top of the cheekbones, just above the bronzed section in circular motions ensuring a natural blend.

Step 5: Using your contouring brush begin blending the bronzer around the edges of your forehead near the hairline and in circular motions around the temple and buff it in with the stippling brush. Then apply highlighter in between your eyebrows with the setting brush to draw attention to the middle of your forehead.

Step Six – Finalise the look with the Real Techniques Blush Brush (RRP $22.95) by adding the pinkish blush on the palette to the apples of your cheeks and along the top of the cheekbone.