Contouring Makeup Tutorial & Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder [Video]

Contouring epitomises some of my favourite aspects about makeup- I’ve always been intrigued by enhancing and modifying facial architecture. It’s a case of one-size-doesn’t-fit-all, so I’ve created a tutorial that addresses various skintones, levels of expertise and face shapes.

For the purpose of demonstration, I’ve opted for a bold contour but depending on occasion, you can tone this down as you see fit!

Final look:

Contouring Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder

Second picture to illustrate less ghosting (not sure why this occurs, photography experts, lend me a hand!)

Contouring Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder


Nail Polish I’m wearing in this tutorial:
Ciate Ladylike Luxe

Products and brushes mentioned in this tutorial:
NYX Taupe Blush
Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder
NARS Yachiyo Brush
Hakuhodo Eyeshadow L Brush
Poudre Signee De Chanel Illuminating Powder

What I’m wearing on the rest of ma face:
Armani Lasting Silk Shade 5.5
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Shade Medium (to set)
SUQQU Brow Pen Shade Brown
Geisha Ink Mascara
Boots No7 Lipliner in Nude, over the entire lips.

Much love! xxkarima

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  1. Wow, your skin looks absolutely flawless! Love the hair as well :)
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  2. anya

    Please recommend contouring (powder) shade for NC15-20 with yellow undertone? TIA!

    • I have a friend paler than NC15-20 who loves the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting but the key is using a really light hand. Also check out Burberry Earthy.
      For a more affordable alternative, Ben NYE Contour #1.

  3. Carmen

    Hi hun! I’d love to know how you did your hair in this video, it looks awesome!

  4. Adele

    This was a great tutorial! Thanks!

  5. Thank you so much for explaining the difference between bronzer and contouring shades! I see so many tutorials that use NARS Laguna to “contour” and all they’re really doing is putting shimmery orange-brown under their cheeks. This is an excellent tutorial!
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    • Hey there!
      It all comes down to preference and some people like Laguna for this purpose. Personally, I prefer ultra matte and cool tones. I’m glad you found it helpful!

  6. Wow this is such a beautiful video. I can’t believe I only just found you. You have such flawless skin!
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  7. Jennifer

    I happen to stumble upon your blog while searching for information on hakuhodo brushes. And I am so lad I did. I have been following people like Michele Pham, Wayne goss and pixie woo and now you are the next peron I’ll be following. Love, love love your contouring tutorial. Nobody has ever made it that clear. Thank you.

  8. Jeanette

    Hi Karima,

    very great tutorial!
    which brush do you use to contour your nose with in this video?


  9. Karen

    Hi Karima,
    I just discovered your site and have subscribed. I have a question about skin tone. You refer to your skintone as a NC15 (or something like that). Will you tell me what that means and how do I determine my own skin tone. Thank you. You are a lovely person, well-informed.

    • Hey Karen, I’m an NC20ish which is a MAC shade system. People use it because it’s widely available and gives a ballpark shade estimate. You can figure yours out at a MAC counter :) x

  10. Wow!
    I´m absolutely in love with you! Your explanations are very clear and simples
    I´m going to suscribe now!

  11. Romina

    Hi Karima, your blog is really interesting and well made. I found it searching for Hakuhodo and now i can’ t leave it. Can i ask you a question? I am Nw 20 and a new in the contouring world. I want to take nars laguna for doing it and a brush for Hakuhodo . Can i ask you what Hakuodo brush can be ideal for laguna? In particulary i am interested in the J series.

    • Hey Romina! The Hakuhodo Eyeshadow L is the only Hakuhodo brush I use to contour, I own many of the J series eye brushes but not the face brushes. As for Laguna, I personally wouldn’t use that as a contour (especially because you’re an NC20), I did mention some of my favourite contours in this video. xx

  12. Romina

    Hi Karima, your blog is really interesting and well made. Can i ask you a question? I am Nw 20 and a new in the contouring world. I want to take nars laguna for doing it and a brush for Hakuhodo . Can i ask you what Hakuodo brush can be ideal for laguna? In particulary i am interested in the J series.

  13. Romina

    Tanks Karima, i am going to find Nyx taupe blush. At the moment i live in japan and i am sure i can find it here. Nars laguna was a present from my friend i wanted to use it but i am going to found for him a new utility or a new home. Tanks again and sorry for the dubble comment i was sure the first wasn’t posted and posted a second.

  14. Ardijana Gerdjalija

    I find this video very helpful and nice :) can you tell me maybe a similar color as the kevyn aucoin powder. a dupe from mac or something? Sorry for my english im from germany

    • Strada by MAC was similar, but I believe it’s been discontinued. NYC Taupe is a great (and more affordable alternative) but not a dupe, in my opinion. Sorry I couldn’t help further! x

  15. I was searching for a tutorial on how to use the Kevyn Aucoin powder, and this couldn’t have been more helpful, thank you SO much for such a thorough and informative video! If I’m an NW15, would you recommend the Kevyn Aucoin or the NYX? I don’t want to invest the money if it’s going to be too dark. :)

    Shani x
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    • Hey Shani :)
      You could go either. NYX Taupe is a safe bet, but I know people who are NC15 who love KA Sculpting (with a light hand). Maybe try the NYX taupe first? xx

  16. I loved this tutorial! I’ve watched so many countering videos and they all say the same thing.. I am so happy to have learned something new! xx
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