Can't seem to get your makeup contouring right? Just use tape


The tape seems to have become essential for contouring successfully as seen on TikTok. Photo: AFP

Contouring is an art form unto itself and mastering the technique perfectly can be elusive if you're not a makeup ace.

At least, that was the case before a slew of TikTokers set out to rival one another with ingenious tricks, both original and playful, designed to make the contouring technique easier and more accessible.

A simple piece of tape is now enough to contour successfully, minimising one's so-called "defects" while sculpting different areas of the face.

Who hasn't been tempted to try out that flawless contouring look seen over and over again on Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, and Hailey Bieber, but then failed to get the desired result?

The technique may seem complex, whether in terms of application or brush handling, and until now, it may well have scared off many of the less skilled among us.

But a tip that has gone viral on TikTok is set to change all that, and allow a greater number of people the chance to look like their favourite celebrities and influencers.

All you need is a piece of tape, a contour stick, and a brush (or beauty blender) to blend it all in.

It's a breeze!

Read more: Do you use makeup products beyond their expiry date? It can be harmful

No risk of going over the line

Long the exclusive domain of professional makeup artists, who used the technique on models and film and music stars, the art of contouring became popular in the 2010s, with the meteoric rise of Kardashian, a fervent fan of this approach to makeup.

But not everyone is like her, and, despite a proliferation of tutorials on the subject, it's not always easy to achieve contouring results worthy of top-level makeup artists.

However, TikTok users have managed to find the ultimate trick to remedy this.

A find that has already generated more than 150,000 views, and that can be found under the keyword 'tape contour' on the Chinese social network.

There are literally dozens of videos highlighting this original method that is making tape an essential part of one's beauty kit.

Thuy Le (@xthuyle), who has more than a million followers on TikTok and nearly two million on Instagram, is among the users who have tested and adopted the technique of "tape contour", and proposed a tutorial to help anyone who wants to try it reproduce it easily.

As we have seen, it's necessary to take a long enough piece of tape, pinch it between one's lips so that it goes up via the ends, to the ears, and then stick it.

Once you've done this, simply apply the contouring product along the tape, up to the hairline, and then blend it in with a brush or sponge.

Read more: Do you have oily skin? Try the zone priming beauty trick for a matte look

Then just remove the tape, blend out the excess, and you're done!

Note that some users go even further by sticking several adhesives on strategic areas before applying different contouring products.

This isn't the first time that tape has been integral to a beauty tip on the Chinese social network.

It also proved to be a must for "face taping", a method that consists in applying several pieces of tape to the forehead, cheeks, and under the eyes, before sleeping, in a bid to reduce wrinkles and fine lines.

The technique has been so successful that it now has over 40 million views on TikTok. Enough to make tape an indispensable piece of equipment in our beauty routine. – AFP Relaxnews

Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

beauty , trends , makeup , TikTok , Kim Kardashian


Next In Style

From NewJeans to Twice, the K-wave fashion influence is still going strong
Bedhead hair, 90s updo, super short: Check out the 'mane' styles for this season
Clear the way for fashion's latest footwear trend, transparent shoes
London exhibition highlights untold stories of Black British fashion designers
How 'tyranny of the thin ideal' is seen to still dominate fashion
Paris Fashion Week starts in the shadow of dramatic Balmain heist
Vanity Fare: Protect those peepers with the right eyecare products
From streetwise edge to demure chic, fashion essentials to suit different tastes
Only Watch set to raise more funds for a cause
Cartier expands footprint in Oceania

Others Also Read