Victoria Beckham's Cool Girl Contouring Trick Is The Fashion Way To Work Instant Cheekbones

Forget Instagram face, this is high fashion face.

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When it comes to contouring, things can, admittedly, get a little out of hand.

Constantly haunted by Instagram tutorials of cakey brown stripes being applied with everything from stationery to stilettos (yes, that actually happened), for those of us who prefer a more low key make-up look (we like to think of it as French girl cool...) contouring is up there with doing a tri-tonal cut crease for the office. Aka, it's obviously not happening.

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So, when the queen of laid back luxe, Victoria Beckham revealed her full day to day make-up routine to Into The Gloss, contouring included, we were forced to review our current atittude towards the cheekbone sculpting technique.

Why? Because VB's trick for getting it right is all about the subtle fashion contour. Sculpted, glowy and oh-so-genius.

'I have a trick for contouring, actually,' the designer told Into The Gloss, 'I think a lot of people focus on the darker colour to get that look. But it's important to blend it in with a lighter colour around the jawline, the nose, the centre of the face, underneath the eyes, the top of the cheeks, and the forehead.'

As Dianne West's iconic Avon lady in Edward Scissorhands says, 'Blend, blend, blend, blending is the secret.'

But there's more. Instead of using a dark bronzer and a lighter highlighter to create a contoured effect, the mum of four uses a setting powder. More specifically, her own Skin Perfecting Powder she created with Estée Lauder.

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'I just use my Skin Perfecting Powder. It just mattes everything down and helps blend everything together. Then you can highlight on top of that. Think about it—if you're shading, like making a painting, you're not just going to use a dark colour, you're going to use a light colour that complements the dark colour. It's like painting a picture.'

Artsy and genius.

Fear not, highlighter still has its place in the Spice Girl's contoured make-up routine:

'Then, I'll take some Morning Aura and I'll put it on the top of my cheeks, on my eyelids, down the centre of my nose, and always on the bow of my lip because it makes the lips look fuller. Also a little bit on my chin.'

If it's good enough for VB, it's good enough for us. Bring on the contouring!

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