Makeup Monday: Just in Time for Summer, "Non-Touring" Is the New Contouring
After Kim Kardashian declared last month that she was trading in contouring for "non-touring," we asked three celebrity beauty gurus to spill on how to achieve the new beauty look approved by the reality star. Here are their suggestions.
At a panel discussion with British beauty guru Charlotte Tilbury during the recent Vogue 100 festival, Kim Kardashian denounced her famous contouring makeup technique in favor of "non-touring."
Despite having a catchy ring to it, "non-touring" is basically just forgoing those dramatic angles contouring can give the face and opting for letting natural bone structure shine — essentially doing your makeup in A) under 2 hours, B) more like your own face and less like a drag queen’s and C) less aggressively all around.
"Contouring helps change or enhance features with makeup by creating contrast," says television and film makeup artist Levi Vieira, whose credits include Jem and the Holograms, The Purge: Anarchy and RuPaul's Drag Race. However, he adds that contouring has reached an extreme and people's edges and angles have become too exaggerated. "The skin should be light, fresh and dewy, softly highlighted," advises Vieira. "The key is a radiant, hydrated and glowing skin." He name checks It Cosmetics CC + cream ($38) and the Hourglass Ambient light palette ($62) in order to get highlight without a heavy shimmer.
Skin is left simple, pretty and dewy, relying more on highlighter (yet still not as intense as strobing) and takes less time and product, which makes perfect sense for the intense temperatures of summer.
But before you put that bronzer brush down, "non-touring" can still call for a healthy flush, just not streaks of it so your cheekbones don't end up looking like prosthetics.
"I think the secret is to adjust the look to each face," says Vieira. "A little bit of MAC matte bronzer ($26) can be very helpful to bridge both worlds without causing any clash on the looks."
Here, two more makeup artists known for their light touch and ability to create a flawless, dewy face share their favorite products for getting a natural, "non-toured" look just in time for summer.
Viviana Martin (celebrity makeup artist for Kevyn Aucoin Beauty, whose worked on the J. Mendel, Reem Acra and Lela Rose fashion shows)
This is a great product to create a radiant glow from within. Not super shiny, just a beautiful radiance.
Kevyn Aucoin Celestial powder in Candlelight ($44) and Kevyn Aucoin’s original highlighting powder:
For creating a beautiful highlight to the face.
The new Kevyn Aucoin Neo bronzer ($58):
This is a must-have for summer. It’s a highlighter, blush and bronzer in one.
FROM LEFT: Kevyn Aucoin Neo bronzer, Celestial liquid lighting and Celestial powder
Annie Ing (editorial and celebrity makeup artist, whose clients have included Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Donna Lynne Champlin and Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce actress Lisa Edelstein)
I like to spritz the face first and let it absorb into the skin for one to two minutes.
Chanel Hydra Beauty serum ($97.50):
This gives the face instant hydration, protection and a radiance boost.
These give a little coverage where needed.
RMS Beauty living luminizer ($38):
Use a cream highlighter on cheeks. I like to add a little on the eyelid and inner corner of the eye, too.
The perfect pink color for cheeks and lips.
FROM LEFT: Rosewater uplifting spray, RMS Beauty living luminizer and RMS Beauty living luminizer