Give your contouring skills an update with this season's softer approach.
The sculpting and highlighting technique went global after the Kardashians began sporting ultra-defined cheekbones, noses, and jawlines during the 2010s.
But now Mario Dedivanovic, known as the Contour King, has given this trend a much-needed new lease of life and released the Soft Sculpt collection under his Makeup by Mario brand.
"The contouring trend started to shift when people began to realise that social media make-up is not the same as everyday make-up," he told Vogue.com. "Today, now that everyone knows how to contour, and it's become part of their everyday beauty routine, people are realising that you can achieve a sculpted look with a lot less make-up."
Many of us gave our make-up bags a rest during lockdown and it seems the trend to take better care of our complexions through diet and a regular skincare routine rather than relying on foundation or concealer has continued.
'Less is more' sums up contouring 2.0, and here are some tips to help you achieve this low-maintenance look.
Maximise your foundation
Although contour sticks are very convenient, for this fresh take on the trend try a foundation one shade darker than your natural skin tone. This creates a more natural finish when sculpting cheekbones, noses, foreheads, and jawlines.
Foundation will still sculpt your features but mimics your real skin colour to deliver a softer look.
Mario also insists heavy contouring of the jaw or nose is best saved for evening events.
Soften those cheeks
Contouring has created many car-crash beauty moments since Kim and Khloe made it a make-up must-have.
Overly defined faces can look super severe when products are applied directly to the hollows of the cheeks, so Mario recommends you smile slightly and add a small amount of blusher to the apples of your cheeks instead.
Blend thoroughly before introducing any more colour - particularly during the daytime - to create a "natural sculpt".
Cream or liquid blushers work best for this fresh-faced look.
Get that natural glow
Highlighter is a great tool to create a dewy finish, but don't be too heavy-handed.
Skin should look naturally radiant and elegant, obvious stripes along cheekbones and noses are a no-no for summer 2021.
Mario recommends smiling as you decide where to apply, in order to avoid highlighting imperfections such as fine lines or wrinkles.
Powder highlighters can be too shiny and may make your skin look greasy rather than glowing, so for this contour update use a liquid version - especially if you're out and about in daylight hours.
Apply sparingly to the area above the lips, brow bone, bridge of the nose, and inner eye.