By Marianne Mychaskiw
Updated Nov 13, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
Kim Kardashian InStyle Awards Makeup
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She came, she saw, she contoured. Though contouring was a technique widely used among makeup artists long before Kim Kardashian was in the public eye, it was the star who can be credited as bringing the trend mainstream—let every contouring palette and YouTube tutorial result for "Kim Kardashian contour" serve as evidence. In the most-recent tutorial posted to her app and website, Kim teamed up with her makeup artist Joyce Bonelli to recreate the look she wore to the Armenian Bar Association dinner, which embodied all elements of the classic Kardashian look, from the pale nude lip to the signature contour. Though you'd usually have to shell out $2.99 for access to the full video, don't fret, we took notes on the exact products and method Bonelli used to create Kim's signature look.

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To start, Bonelli applied a layer of Giorgio Armani Shaping Cream Foundation all over, brushing on the product using circular motions. The Armani Shaping Cream Foundation has since been discontinued—rememeber that awkward Twitter exchange?—but the brand's Crema Nuda Tinted Cream ($200; is a close substitute. With a flat brush dipped in Smashbox's Bronze Lights ($34; Bonelli ran the matte bronzer down both sides of Kim's nose to contour, and blended out the color. Down the center of Kim's nose, she used Sephora's Bright Set Pressed Finishing Powder ($16;, then applied MAC's Studio Finish Concealer ($19; under the eyes in a V-shape using a damp BeautyBlender. "Set your makeup with a loose powder, so you don't lose your work," Kim says in the video, offering her sage advice. Finally, Bonelli swirled NARS' Orgasm Blush ($30; on the apples of her cheeks, defined her cheekbones with the same matte bronzer, and applied a sparkly powder highlight over the top. Now you know the secret to her contouring magic, and you're probably a better person for it.