There’s a new contouring trick out there, but this time it’s a little more low-maintenance and natural-looking. It’s called tontouring and it involves contouring with self-tanner.
The creator of the technique, Marissa Carter, is the founder of Cocoa Brown Tan, and says, “The contouring trend has been so big, but as always, us ladies are trying to save time when it comes to beauty! I have a new baby, and applying makeup isn’t always my top priority, so by contouring with tan you can have a defined glow that lasts days without the need to reapply.”
To get the look, she says to use self-tanning products that are oil-free and suitable for all skin types because you’re applying the product to your face, you want to avoid clogging your pores and breakouts.
Next, she says you need a dark shade and a lighter shade of self-tanner. Start with a light base like Cocoa Brown Gentle Bronze Gradual Tanner all over your face to get a subtle, overall glow.
The second step is to define with a deeper shade of self-tanner. She uses a mousse like Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Dark because it’s easy to blend and dries quickly. “The contrast of the tanning lotion and mousse formulas complement each other, so you have no problem layering them,” she says.
Her technique is to apply the deeper shade with a stippling foundation brush to define the cheekbones, then to add a little under the tip of her nose and down the sides of it to make it look slimmer. Then she uses her fingers to lightly blend it. For a lighter contour, you can let it set for a couple of hours or let it develop overnight for more contrast.
She adds, “My best advice is to use the precision contouring brushes that would normally be used to contour with makeup to make it easier to apply and blend the tan on your skin giving a similar result as makeup, only with tan!”
It’s a low-maintenance, chiseled look that she says lasts anywhere between four to five days.
You can see makeup artist and YouTube star Wayne Goss give the technique a try in the video below: