How to Contour Your Entire Face in Three Seconds Flat

Rachel Adler
Rodarte Spring 2016

Photo: NARS

Whether with bold beauty looks or incredible clothes, Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy know how to please a crowd. Season after season, the designers outdo themselves with bedazzled brows or delicate accessories, and Tuesday’s New York Fashion Week show wasn’t any different. There were gorgeous metallic hair pieces as well as poet-influenced monochromatic makeup looks. What’s really worth paying attention to, though? The fact that makeup artist James Kaliardos was using one blush duo—NARS’ Dual Intensity Blush in Craving—to contour models’ faces in a three seconds flat.

“No more spending hours doing your contour,” he said, admitting he spent far too long looking up how people contour and highlight online and said they’re “so weird in the way they tell you how to do it! Please don’t think that triangle thing is true.”

Instead, Kaliardos says to simply sweep an angled blush brush through a taupe or tawny color (like Nars’ Craving) and mix it with a highlighter and apply with quick back-and-forth strokes along your cheekbone, taking care to not get too close to your nose. He then advises taking the remnant of powder and brushing it up to the temple—and says the entire application should take three seconds.

“You can do all of these tricky things with makeup, like thin your nose, so [contouring] is useful—especially for the selfie generation—so stuff like this does work, but you don’t have to do all of [it.] You can just get out the door and on with your life.” Amen.