‘I Look So Lifted’ – TikTok’s Contouring Filter Is Making Us Rethink Everything We Know About Contouring

Is this clever filter the key to more chiselled cheeks?

TikTok: @mikaylanogueira, @michellearevaloe, @carsynnlovee

by Phoebe Lee |

The figure of 3 contouring method has been drilled into you by every YouTuber since Zoella. Promising to effortlessly sculpt your forehead, cheekbones and jawline, it relies on pretty much every face being the same shape, which we of course know isn't so.

Luckily for us however, TikTok has launched a filter that's suited to individual face shapes. Through a series of bright pink intersecting lines, showing you exactly where your bronzer, blush and highlight should go, users have credited it with revolutionising the way we contour. And the experts approve too, from Mikayla Nougueira and NikkieTutorials. Watch it in action, below:

Watch: TikTok's Contour Filter 'Lifting Cheekbones'

Instead of nestling bronzer in the hollow of the cheekbone, this filter places bronzer on top of it, and prompts you to pull the bronzer right up near the temple. Blusher sits just above it, instead of the apple of the cheek. The result? A cheekbone that appears a whole lot more chiselled.

Consider the figure of 3 a thing of the past. If you're a contour newbie, or various lockdowns have you out of practice, consider this your starting point. As for bronzers, they can be hard to get right, too (too warm? too muddy? too ashy? All valid). You can shop the Grazia approved edit of bronzers below, to get you on your way. Sculpted cheeks, be yours.

SHOP: The Best Cream Bronzers for Contour


SHOP: Best Contour Cream Bronzers

Best cream bronzers 2021
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Glossier's first ever bronzer, this cream formula melts on the skin and leaves it with a hint of warmth. It's available in 4 shades from a light, neutral bronze to a deep, red-based copper.

Best cream bronzers 2021
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A TikTok favourite. Designed for creating a natural-looking, sculpted contour, this cream bronzer is easily blended and easily applied. The cushiony pad hugs the hollows of the cheekbone, making for ludicrously easy application.

Best cream bronzers 2021
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This stick-formula is perfect for swiping over the skin and blending with your fingers. It's soft, creamy and errs on the warm side of bronze.

Best cream bronzers 2021
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Sculpt and define with this cream-powder duo. It carves cheekbones and amplifies shadow for subtle, believable depth.

Main image credit: TikTok: @mikaylanogueira, @michellearevaloe, @carsynnlovee

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