There are a ridiculous amount of contouring tutorials out there. And admittedly, I’m sold on the concept completely. But contouring has way more mileage in it than working just on the face. I’m not suggesting going to town and painting on some Kayla Itsines-style abs, but contouring collar bones is something that makes all the difference where a low cut top is concerned.
The principals are the same as traditional contouring for your face; using highlights and shadow to create a more defined look. It’s understated and creates a beautiful effect on the clavicle. I love to use glowy, cream-based products layered with my Anastasia Contour Kit. The only thing to remember is to be really careful when you’re putting your clothes on. There’s nothing worse than going through all that work only to have to pull on a polo neck because you ruined a cream silk top with make-up marks. I’ve learned the hard way.
So, if you’re after a clavicle a Victoria Secrets Angel would be proud of, here’s how to contour collar bones…
For me, it all starts in the shower. Gently exfoliate your chest, collar bones, neck, shoulders and arms with your favourite product. I prefer to use small grain sugar scrubs as opposed to salt scrubs as salt-based products are notorious for drawing out the skins natural oils. Extra points if you can find a body scrub with coconut oil in. Pat yourself dry.
Use a body oil if you have one as these are filled with delicious moisture and are the first step to creating that glowy, healthy skin. I have been using Palmer’s Coconut Oil but another favourite of mine is Garnier’s Ultimate Body Oil Skin Perfector. It infuses Argan, Macadamia, Almond and Rose Oil in one divine smelling formula.
In the upper hollow between your neck and collar bone, use a contour brush to gently buff in your bronzing product. For me, nothing compares to the Anastasia Contour Kit Light – Medium. Mixing the colours Java and Havana, gently build up colour within this triangle area on either side of your neck, making sure there are no obvious lines, streaks or over-pigmented areas. Make sure you’re not dusting your contour product onto your collar bone, but the area above.
Next, contour below the collar bone. Run your brush along the hollow beneath your collar bones. If this looks a little obvious, buff, buff, buff! By diffusing the product in circular motions along, it will start to form a really natural looking shadow.
Using a dewy, light liquid highlighter (MAC’s Strobe would be great here), dab along your clavicle. This is the highest point on your collar bones. I’m using Soap & Glory’s Hocus Focus as it’s a beautiful creamy liquid that’s a really soft illuminator. Use a gentle touch to press this in. To finish, I sweep Sand powder from the Anastasia Contour Kit, over the highlighted area.
N.B If you’ve noticed no Leni pics in this post, it’s because she was being a (loveable) terror. Her fascination with make-up brushes has reached new levels. Need I say more?
Until next time,