Soft-Sculpting is the gentle sculpting technique for natural-looking cheekbones


It seems like we all crave a more natural beauty look, now that we know our naked faces so well. Skinimalism has become one of the biggest beauty trends of 2021. The face? Take more care of our skin with thoughtful skincare, then recall our makeup to let all that work shine.

In the future, we want to look naked, only better. Already we’ve seen a move towards a tinted moisturizer. Even the confessed cake face, Huda Kattan is on board. The latest line in her beauty empire, GloWish, combines the cosmetic side of HUDA Beauty with the skincare expertise of Wishful. His first product? the Multi-Dew Skin Tint (£ 25.60) that “doesn’t even make you look like you’re wearing makeup, it just looks like beautiful skin,” Kattan told us.

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If we loosen up our foundation, it follows that we want to do the same with the rest of our makeup, so the heavy, blatant outline has received a similar makeover. It’s not that we don’t want enhanced cheekbones anymore (in fact, searches for facial contours are up 141%, according to Bobbi brown) it’s just that we don’t want it see as if we had drawn our cheekbones, noses and jawbones with obvious makeup.

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To replace traditional contouring, soft-sculpting is taking off. It’s a more subtle, diffused take on the trend that should blend seamlessly into the skin so you have a fresh face while still retaining some definition.

“Applying a bronzer to your blending brush will blend the product perfectly into your skin. This is a more subtle approach to sculpting for those everyday makeup looks, ”says Bobbi Brown Pro Artist, Aimee Morrison.

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For a shiny, tanned look, take a bronzer or contour, if it’s a stick format, “take the brush instead of drawing lines on your face where you want to sculpt,” says Aimee. “By doing this, it will be faster and easier to blend. Starting high on the cheekbones, blend upward towards the hairline, upward on the temples and downward along your jawline,” she says. The secret to making it look smooth is to mix, then mix a little more.

When it comes to tools, Aimee recommends using a deeper, cooler tone. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick (£ 32.00) with the Precise Polishing Brush (£ 37.00). “It’s ideal for dry to very dry skin because the Skin Foundation Stick contains shea butter and blends smoothly into the skin,” she says.

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We also recommend Patrick Ta Major Sculpt Contour Cream and Bronzer Duo (£ 35) which can be swept lightly over the cheeks for a truly natural finish, or built to look extra chiseled.

Fenty Matte Match Stix Skins Sticks (£ 21) offer a nice depth of color and can be applied with a brush to blend in perfectly, or streaked off for more definition.

And Sleek Makeup Cream Contour Kit (£ 10.99) is a six-shade palette that lets you tailor-mix a color that’s right for you.

To learn more about GLAMOR Associate Beauty Editor Elle Turner, follow her on Instagram @elleturneruk.


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