Selena Gomez’ makeup artist shares her revolutionary contour secret
We’ve been doing it all wrong
By Olga Scorer
Content Producer / August 03 2023
While many shudder at the thought of contouring, Selena Gomez’ makeup artist, Melissa Murdick, has perfected the art of creating chiselled cheekbones and a radiant glow, all with a wave of her makeup brush! We're talking about a contour hack so fabulous, it could revolutionise your makeup routine.
Conventionally, we’ve been taught to apply the sculpting product in a ‘three shape’, curving from temple to jawline. Murdick, however, advocates for a completely different technique - and it may just change the way you approach contouring.
As an advocate against the ‘unnatural full stripe’, the celebrity makeup artist posted a video showcasing her tried and tested technique, which she uses on Selena Gomez herself.
Using the traditional method of ‘pulling a fishy face’, rather than drawing a line, she dabs the product right into the hollow in the centre of the cheek and blends it out.
"I can place the dark colour right in the centre and then blend gently out from there, both up and in a little bit to diffuse that contour,” she said.
"You end up with a really gentle hollow that sculpts the face but doesn’t look unnatural,” she continued.
To create an extra-natural, sculpted look, she finishes off the look with her foundation brush, using the leftover product to diffuse the contour into the skin in a patting motion.
The result? A barely detectable shadow that sculpts the face naturally. No more muddy lines! Better yet, this technique works perfectly on round or heart-shaped faces.
Main image credit: Getty
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Olga is BEAUTYcrew's Content Producer. When she's not writing about beauty, she's probably watching endless TikTok videos about the topic. Her extra one per cent of brain space is reserved for her two poodles. She can be easily bribed with a good blush or lip tint (take notes, please).