Chanel Joues Contraste Notorious

With the right product and technique, contouring is miraculous for slimming a nose, shaping a jaw, sculpting a cheekbone.  It’s the art of light and shade:  with a product that’s akin in colour to natural shadowing, the effects are seamless and effective. In reality, we know a lot of women use bronzer for face-shaping – but bronzer’s often flecked with sparkle, or has a touch of red, and that’s not what shadows look like, in real life.

Make-up artists' traditional advice, by contrast, has been to seek out an eyeshadow in a fawn-y shade – but even that’s not ideal.  (Too teeny, for a start, to swirl a brush in.)

Ta-dah!  Enter Chanel, with this griege compact of contour powder.  Notorious is in their Joues Contraste Powder Blush collection - but for heaven’s sake don’t swirl this onto the apples of your cheeks or you’ll look like you’ve been exhumed.  Instead, blended well under cheekbones and chins for an effect that is (as Chanel puts it) ‘sculpted with the effect of a thrown shadow’.  And we mean blend.

So:  God/genetics didn’t give you cheekbones? 

Tant pis, because now Chanel can.

UK readers find Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Notorious/£31 at Chanel counters in Selfridges London and Selfridges Manchester Exchange Square, Harrods, John Lewis Oxford Street, House of Fraser Glasgow and Fenwicks Newcastle