Contour, the Balmain x H&M way

Makeup artist Tom Pecheux reveals how he gave the girls at the Balmain x H&M show cool contours

By Shantila Lee | Published: 22 Oct 2015

Pecheux contours
Photo: tompecheux/Instagram

Makeup artist Tom Pecheux worked with the crème de la crème of models at the Balmain x H&M show – Kendall Jenner, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Jourdan Dunn, Alessandra Ambrosio and Joan Smalls all strutted down the runway with sculpted cheekbones and luminescent skin that looked completely effortless and easy.

The makeup maestro says there was no clown-contouring or streaky face paint, but that "there's no line; everything is diffused and transparent." The resulting look was super natural, but by no means a "no-makeup makeup" thing (contouring takes a LOT of powders and prep). Tom leads the new way to contour with feathery strokes of bronzer and highlighter that change the way light hits the face. Here's what he told

"The first step is a skincare treatment," says Pecheux, which involves pepping bare skin for a healthy glow. He started with a luscious face oil then slathered on Estee Lauder Idealist (below), a super serum that nixes pores, lines and dullness.

Estee Lauder Idealist

"From there we do foundation concealer," he says (duh). The makeup pro stocked each station with NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (below). MAC Studio conceal palettes and beauty blenders.

NARS Foundation

Tom says it is of utmost importance to sweep contouring powder UP towards the top of the cheekbones. He used a Tom Ford contouring palette, but as that's not available here swap for Laura Mercier's equally smashing Flawless Contouring Palette (below). Wielding MAC's wispy Duo Fibre Face Brush, he applied the darker hues in the hollows of cheeks.

Laura Mercier

"Highlight and powder the T-zone; don't powder this," Tom said, pointing to the semi-circle of light around each eye. "It's glowy because there's no [translucent] powder." He also powdered the tops of cheeks with a hefty dose of light-reflective highlighter from the palette.

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