ELES Cosmetics - Contoured 2

The easiest way to look instantly contoured: Transform in 5 minutes or less

ELES Cosmetics - Contoured 2

The models, the celebrities, the faces you see in magazines all look so well defined and I know for sure you’re thinking, “They have a glam team. The glam team makes the magic happen.” Well, you know what? You can achieve that chiseled, contoured look too, like a pro!

Liane Scior, creator of ELES Cosmetics, shares this easy step-by-step contouring tutorial that defines your face shape and transforms the way you look in less than 5 minutes.

Here’s the secret:

Step 1: Prep your skin. Makeup adheres more to skin and lasts longer if your skin is healthy and well hydrated. Moisturise by adding a layer of Luminous Defence Brightening Day Protection 50. It hydrates and protects against sun damage and premature ageing. Let dry. 1 min

Step 2: Follow with a light application of the chosen base — BB, CC or ELES foundation. ELES foundations provide buildable coverage, so layer on as much foundation as you need for even skin tone and a flawless finish. The lightweight formula will not look or feel heavy on the face. 1 min

Step 3: Seal it with the ELES Baked Finishing Powder in Diffused Light. “It’s like a warm filter that evens out dark shadows and discolouration, leaving your skin peachy and looking poreless,” says Liane. 30 sec

Step 4: This is the part that scares everyone, the bronzer application. Don’t be intimidated because contouring your face actually takes only about a minute. You only have to remember 3 things – slim nose, define jawline, and sculpt cheeks. 1 min

Using the ELES Anti-Oxidant Bronzer and a tapered detail brush:

  • Slim nose by applying bronzer along both sides of the nose starting at the top near the inner brows and working downward towards the nostrils.
  • Define jawline by applying bronzer at a downward angle on either side of the chin.
  • Sculpt cheeks. Apply the ELES Anti-Oxidant Bronzer using sweeping brush strokes under the entire length of the cheekbones. “Blend, blend, blend so that the contour appears natural,” says Liane.

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Step 5: Add instant radiance and colour to your face using the ELES Baked Blush (you know exactly where this goes). And then enhance your features like never before with the ELES Lightweight Illuminator1 min

Using a Small Tapered Blending Brush or the tip of your ring finger, apply a little liquid illuminator to:

  • • the centre strip of your nose starting from the top to the tip of your nose
  • • right above the perimeter of the jawline (this is the trick to making your face look smaller and slimmer)
  • • Highest point of cheeks for that healthy glow

Spend the remaining time blending and making sure the bronzer blends well with the illuminator and the blush. Steps 4 and 5 seem to be a lot of work but really, it takes a few seconds to transform your look. Try taking a video of yourself doing this and let us know how it goes.

Our secret to looking like a VS angel

ELES Cosmetics Mineral Makeup model face contour highlightThis Spring, transform your skin from dull to delicately luminous and emerge like an angel (yes, just like the look of the VS angels ❤︎). As you know, it’s the season of flowers and it’s also the perfect time to bare a little. Show nothing but glowing beauty this spring by following these tips:

  1. Prepare your skin. Use a gentle exfoliating facial scrub to get rid of dull skin from the past season.  In a few days, you’ll notice your skin clearing up and you’ll have a pretty smooth canvas to begin with.
  2. Pick a good base. Always choose a foundation/BB Cream/sheer tint one shade lighter than your facial skin tone.
  3. Keep it simple. Spring look is supposedly light so you’ll blend with the refreshing environment. A little blush, very minimal eye makeup and a light colour balm would be great.
  4. Top it with this “liquid light” we call the ELES Mineral Sheer Veil to brighten and enhance your skin. Remember your contour lines? Instead of highlighting with just a regular powder, add a light sweep of this on areas to be highlighted and look like an angel!Bring these features forward and downplay any chubby areas.
    Highlight the:
  • Centre of your forehead
  • Length of your nose
  • Cupid’s bow
  • Centre of your chin

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The ELES Mineral Sheer Veil in Apricot as seen in CLEO magazine’s beauty feature
Bright here, bright now

The Naked Truth about Nude Makeup

The Naked Truth about Nude Makeup

This autumn, the soft and natural “nude makeup” is a key trend.  A common misconception about this look is that nude means less makeup and this is certainly not the case!  You’ll be using fewer colours certainly, and reaching for more natural hues, however pulling this look off successfully requires the same amount of makeup as a full fashion look.

One of the key features to this look is to create dimension with shade and light and in order to do this successfully you’ll need a perfectly even base. This look is more about enhancing the facial contours and less about adding fashion colours.

Before we start be prepared with an arsenal of great makeup brushes to shape and blend!

Step 1 – The Base

Apply a skin smoothing primer to ensure your foundation stays put.  Apply your Liquid Powder Mineral Foundation blending well to achieve an even skin tone, then follow with concealer:  Apply the Photo Touch Concealer to the top of your hand, the warmth in your hand will help to soften and emulsify it for easy application, then take a concealer brush and apply generously to any areas you wish to conceal; focus on the under eye area, the inside eye area beside the nose bridge, around the nostrils and on blemishes and pigment patches.  Pat into the skin until it blends into the foundation.

The Naked Truth about Nude Makeup - The Contours

Step 2 – The Contours

This is a very important step in a nude makeup as without it, the end result can be flat and one dimensional. The principle is that dark colours recede and light colours bring forward and we achieve this look with Bronzers and Highlighters.

Bronzer: Using a contouring brush pick up so product from your compact, we recommend the Mineral Bronzer Duos for this, and shake the excess powder from the brush.  Press and blend it gently into the area you wish to contour: along the underside of the jawline, beneath the cheekbone, on the temples and down the sides of the nose.  This gives the face sculptured definition.  Be sure to finish with a large powder brush to ensure the edges blend well into the skin.

Highlighter: Using another contouring brush apply Colour Tides Mineral Shimmering Powder to the areas of the face you wish to enhance: down the centre of the nose, the upper cheekbone, and along the top of the forehead.

Now you should be dazzling with flawless skin!

The Naked Truth about Nude Makeup - The Eyes

Step 3 – The Eyes

Now we are going to contour the eyes.  Choose natural shades such as Terra Peach Mineral Shadow or you can even apply some of your bronzer (a great multi-tasking product to take on a holiday!) Apply the shadow using a shadow brush into the eye contours (the natural line that exists between your lash and brow line) move the brush back and forward repeatedly blending well until you build up a natural looking but defined contour. Ensure the edges are blended well so it looks more look a shadow than a line.  If you have heavy lidded eyes and the natural contour is less visible, shade just above the contour.  If on the other hand you have very prominent eyes and the natural contour is higher than normal, shade just beneath the contour line on the actual lid.

Generally with nude makeup eyeliner is not applied only mascara.  Avoid lash extension mascaras and opt for a more feathery lash separating option such as Lush Mascara, use light strokes from the base of the lash to the tip fanning the lashes out.

Perfect brows are a must for this look as they frame the eyes and balance the features.  Using Browblender Pencil use soft strokes in the direction of hair growth to create a natural yet balanced brow, soften the effect by using the brush end to blend the pencil colour.

Tips for the eyes:  Do you feel a bit “bland” without your eyeliner?  Apply a natural shade such as Powderliner in Chocolate through the roots of the upper and lower lashes, this makes the lashes appear thicker and gives the eyes natural definition.

Apply a “dab” of highlighter to the inner corner of the eye for added brightness and to “wake up the eyes.

Curling the lashes before applying mascara will make your lashes appear longer.

The Naked Truth about Nude Makeup - The Eyes

Step 4 – The Lips

Finish with a swipe of Super Gloss Super Nectar on the lips for a soft, glossy pout.


Want to know more about how to achieve the perfect brow?  Then read our post
Three Steps to Eyebrow Perfection 

 …or learn more about facial contouring like a professional?