What if we told you the secret to contouring-made-easy involves just two letters? No, really—contouring doesn’t have to confound. Remember the letters “E” and “C” and you’ll be out the door in no time.

Keep scrolling for a step-by-step breakdown of the simplest contouring hack ever—it’s truly foolproof.

BONUS: Before contouring, use this makeup trick for long-lasting foundation to maintain a flawless appearance from day to night.


Step 1. Contour

Using a contour stick, draw the letter “E” on both sides of your face, starting with your forehead.


Step 2. Highlight

Using a highlighter stick, draw the letter “C” on both sides of your face, hugging your temples.


Step 3. Blend

Use a damp makeup sponge to blend your contour and highlight.

And there you have it—chiseled features and dewy glowing skin in less than 60 seconds!




Are you less confused by contouring after learning this hack? Tell us what you thought of our tutorial in the comments below!


Model: Natasha Martinez

Makeup: Marjan Tabibzada

Video: Jessica Schramm


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