Beauty 101: Tontouring

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Defined cheekbones without genetics or makeup? Beauty gurus are indeed going there. Tontouring isn't technically a new technique, but it's definitely something worth gabbing about. Here at Influenster, we're always intrigued by trends and culture. And, although it might not be the technique for you, we still think it's fun to entertain the thought. Allow us to break it down for you.

What it is:

It's a semi-permanent way to master the contour look without wearing makeup. The idea is to use self-tanning products to give you a makeup-free sculpt. The process defines the cheekbones and nose and enhances the overall structure of the face.

How to do it:

First, apply a gradual tanner to the entire face. This ultimately works as the base of your skin, so the next product you use won’t look too harsh. Then, add a darker mousse formula close to the hairline. Lastly, finish the look using an angled contouring brush to shade the nose and sculpt the cheeks. If it looks harsh at first, blend in with your fingers. In a few hours, you’ll see a natural-looking contour that won’t wash off at the end of the day.

Self-tanner recommendations for the first base:

self tanner for tontouring

Dior Bronze Self Tanner | Origins The Great Pretender Shimmery Self-Tanner | Banana Boat Sunless Summer Color Tinted Lotion | LORAC TANtalizer Face Bronzing Gradual Self-Tanner


Mousse recommendations for the sculpt:

Tanning mousse for tontouring


L'Oreal Paris Sublime Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Mousse | Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun | St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse | James Read Bronzing Mousse

P.S. Did you get a chance to check out our infographic about how millennial women are doing beauty? Tontouring made the cut!

Do you think you'll be giving tontouring a go? Tell us in the comments below!

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About the Author
Claire R.
I'm Claire, the Junior Editor here at Influenster! I'm a Texas girl living in NYC and obsessed with all things beauty–hot rollers (so southern, I know!), lipstick, and magnetic eyeshadows are just a few of my favorite things. Follow me @clairehrodgers on Instagram!