Will This Beauty Kit Kill The Makeup Contouring Trend?

by Charlene Flanagan
Multiple Instagram hashtags, dedicated YouTube tutorials, Twitter mentions, and Facebook posts are all proof that contouring is the biggest makeup trend we've seen in a long time. And while this cool sculpting technique is being simplified by beauty brands to be made accessible to the mass market (you have three-step contouring kits now), for someone who isn't makeup savvy or has sensitive skin, the whole process can be overwhelming. And if not done right you can end up resembling an Oompa Loompa with a mismatched tan.

Enter: Dr Jart+ Liftra™ 3-Step Contour Set which gives you the desired results without any makeup... Wait, what?

After examining the product that promises to let your skin breathe and heal while keeping it looking younger, firmer and naturally contoured, we couldn't help but wonder, could this end the trend of contouring with makeup?
What's In The Kit
So, the Liftra 3-Step Contouring Set has:
  1. The Contour Cream - claims to fill in enlarged pores and firm up sallow skin by promoting collagen production to add visible volume. The lotion piles on heavy and sticky but once you get to the next step, you'll realize the thick layer was much-needed to smooth the skin and let the shaper do its job without causing friction.
  2. The Contour Shaper - is like a sculpting tool and it's actually quite a nifty looking massage roller for the skin. It does this by making use of 10 geranium balls to work the natural contour lines of your cheekbones. Underneath what it's bascially doing is stimulating blood circulation and enabling lymphatic drainage (reduces swelling), both of which come together to improve the elasticity of your skin by energizing your facial muscles.
  3. The Contour Fixer -  is the last leg in the contouring job. It's basically a light facial mist that hydrates your skin (with hyaluronic acid) and sets everything in place for long-term results. (In this case, long-term means for the day). 
You can use the kit every day because it has no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, tar dyes, talc, artificial fragrances, benzophenone-5, triethanolamine, triclosan, mineral oils, sulfate-based surfactants, or BHT. Also, the whole thing is hypoallergenic and is basically giving you a non-surgical facelift while contouring your cheekbones.

A Few Tips On How To Use The Massage Roller For Desired Results
If you want to see results, you better do it right. Here’s how you can effectively contour your face and be makeup-free, all at the same time!
  • First, know what you want. If you’re looking for that slimming effect, take the shaper tool and roll it from the center of your chin to earlobe along the facial line. This will help gently stimulate the jawbone. Apply constant pressure while rolling the shaper to the earlobe. However, it’s important to stop applying pressure on the way back to the center of your chin. This will allow the muscle to relax.
  • If you are looking for a lifting effect, you will need to massage your face differently. Taking the shaper tool, place it on the border of your cheekbones and roll from the center of your face to temples, again, applying constant pressure one way, and reducing the pressure on the way back.
  • If you’re looking to promote lymphatic flow to give your skin a plumping, moisturized effect and reduce swelling, turn your face and slowly roll the shaper tool from the back of your earlobe to your shoulder, constantly applying pressure. Stop applying pressure on the way back.
We heard this kit was used backstage at the DKNY F/W 2016 fashion show to help prep the models' skin for makeup. Think about it, if it’s good enough for the likes of models and professional makeup artists, there really must be something to it. Finally, having never been fans of extreme and unnatural contouring (sorry, Kim K) we're more than happy to spend our money ($130) on the Liftra 3-Step Contouring Set.  
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