There is so much talk about contouring these days, and it’s all largely about how the face-defining technique is a time + money suck (and can yield some seriously over-the-top results). If you’re curious about this makeup craze but haven’t splurged on all of the products it takes to achieve the look, the good news is you don’t have to. You can totally give yourself a pro-grade contour using the makeup products you already own. Just grab a brown eyeshadow and a cream shimmer eyeshadow and you’re ready to hack the look in just five minutes. Really.


If you think about it, applying your contour + highlights like this is a win-win situation for makeup newbies (or girls on the go who can’t carry 100 products around with them): You get to try out the most buzzed-about makeup trend with zero budget consequences. If you hate it, go about using these products the way to typically do. Love it? Then sing your praises to these double-duty products below and add ’em to your stash of makeup hacks and beauty secrets.

  1. Prep: Foundation + Concealer


    Apply your foundation or tinted moisturizer, concealer and powder first.

  2. Step 1: Bronzer Hack


    Grab a medium-neutral brown eyeshadow like Buck from the Urban Decay Naked Palette ($54) with a small fluffy brush and apply along your hairline and down to your temples, in the hollows of your cheeks, down each side of your nose and along your jawline.

  3. 4To really make sure you blend and soften the product, go over these areas with a larger bronzer brush once the product has been applied to your face in the proper zones.
  4. Step 2: Highlight Hack


    Using a flat eyeshadow brush, apply a shimmering cream gold or white eyeshadow above your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, slightly above the center of your eyebrows and above the cupid’s bow of your top lip. I am using the light cream shimmer shadow from the Pop Beauty Portfolio Sunshine Palette ($26). You can soften any harsh lines by using your finger to blend further.

  5. Step 3: Blush Hack


    Use a blush brush small enough to fit into the palette without accidentally picking up pigment from the surrounding shadows to pick up any pink, plum, orange, peach, purple, orchid or any color you like for blush. I am using one of the pink shimmer shadows from the same Pop Beauty Portfolio Sunshine Palette ($26). The pigments in this palette are actually really legit! If you don’t have a technicolor palette on hand, we recommend using whatever lipstick you have on hand as blush, like we showed here in this tutorial.

  6. 7You can see how just a few little moves can make all the difference to get a glowing complexion!
  7. 8Honestly, you should try this look even if you already have the traditional contouring products on hand anyway. There is something so fun about using your eyeshadows in a different way, and it’s fun to try out new hues on your skin tone. It sure can save you some major money in the end, and it’s also a great way to use the eyeshadows in your palettes that maybe you are not as drawn to use on your lids. Finally, they’ll get some love!

What are your favorite makeup hacks or ways to use products in numerous ways? Share in the comment section below!