Tontouring Technique Teaches You How To Contour Using Faux Tanner Instead Of Makeup

Since making it’s mark on the beauty industry, contouring has evolved. The latest incarnation of the contour craze is called tontouring, which uses fake tanner to enhance cheekbones without makeup. Wild makeup techniques have been trending lately — first came the highlighting answer to contouring called strobing, then cosmetic baking rose to popularity, then clown contouring became a thing, and now you can get that contoured look for less. What happened to just throwing on some blush and heading out the door?

Founder of Cocoa Brown self-tanner Marissa Carter demonstrated the tontouring technique for the Daily Mail, assuring readers of its convenience. One tontour will last you a week of flawless contour. That means you can tell your friends “I woke up like this" and actually mean it.

“Unless you have Kim Kardashian's make-up artist on hand,” Carter told Daily Mail, “achieving a perfectly contoured look with make-up can take hours. Contouring with tan is a really easy technique that literally anyone with tan and a makeup brush can do.”

After discovering the cosmetic genius that is Jaclyn Hill, I’ve upped my contour and highlighting game on the daily, but the technique definitely takes some time. Tontouring is a one-stop shop, and who couldn’t use a little convenience in their morning beauty routine?

The technique is simple. First, apply a tanning moisturizer all over your face. I recommend using Carter's Cocoa Brown One Hour Tan Mousse which is guaranteed to dry fast and fade evenly.

Cocoa Brown One Hour Tan Mousse, $10.29, feelunique.com

Next, apply a darker shade of tan to your forehead using a foundation brush. Carter encourages the use of an oil-free mouse formula, such as her Night & Day Tan Mousse, so as not to clog your pores. Finally, use an angular contour brush to apply tanner from mid cheek to ear. Simple, and not overly time consuming.

Night & Day Tan, $7.71, feelunique.com

I know, I know. We have a bunch of contouring techniques at our disposal here, but I’m not entirely convinced that these of-the-moment trends are out of hand by any means. Consider how many beauty styles have been created for eye makeup alone. Makeup is a form of art, and cosmetics are our tools to create an original masterpiece. I'll let you decide for yourself whether or not tontouring is right for you, but I wouldn't knock it 'til you've tried it.

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