Ever since Hailey Bieber started sharing her beauty and makeup routine on social media, she’s become a trendsetter. Almost any product or technique she uses goes viral, including a TikTok video where she does the Mary Phillips contour trick otherwise known as underpainting. (This is when one applies their contour underneath their foundation.) In case you don’t know, Mary Phillips is a celebrity makeup artist, and her clients include Hailey Bieber, Kendall Jenner, Jennifer Lopez, Priyanka Chopra, and more. After Phillip’s technique went viral, the makeup artist started her own TikTok page explaining how she does this technique.
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“To me, it makes more sense,” Phillips explains in her video. “It’s like laying down the bones under the skin – the contour and the highlight being the bones, and skin being the foundation.”
Here’s What She Uses
First, Phillips uses the Westman Atelier Face Trace Cream Contour Stick and applies it to the hollow of her cheeks, forehead and jaw. Using a thinner brush, she applies the contour to her nose. (She uses a brush to apply her contour instead of using the stick directly on her face.) If the Westman Atelier contour stick is out of your price range, we recommend the Rare Beauty Warm Wishes Effortless Bronzer Sticks. Make sure to purchase it in your contour shade, something with a grey undertone. These bronzer sticks blend like a dream.
After the contour, Phillips applies cream highlighter and concealer. For underneath the eyes, she uses the NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer. This is a much-loved product: it has great coverage and helps brighten under the eyes. Here’s another tip: we know Hailey Bieber likes using the Kosas Revealer Super Creamy + Brightening Concealer before applying foundation. It’s super easy to blend and has great coverage.
After Phillips has applied all of her base products, she applies the Chanel Vitalumière Foundation on top. This is the same foundation Kendall Jenner, Jennifer Lopez and Hailey Bieber have used in their tutorials. It costs $77 but it’s worth the money: it looks absolutely stunning on the skin, it’s lightweight and it evens out the skin tone beautifully. It doesn’t have much coverage but it will give you a healthy radiant complexion. A foundation that has a similar finish to the Chanel Vitalumière is the Make Up For Ever Reboot Active Care Revitalizing Foundation. It has a hydrating formula that’s lightweight and will give you a glow-y natural finish.
Lastly, Phillips applies the Nudestix Matte Cream Bronzer in Sunkissed and the Westman Atelier Cream Blush Stick in Petal. The Nudestix cream bronzers are fantastic. They blend in no time and look very natural on the skin. The Westman Atelier blush sticks may cost $64, but they give cheeks the perfect flush of colour and look very pretty on the skin. If you don’t want to spend the money on these blushes, the MAC Cosmetics Glow Play Blushes are amazing cream blushes. The cushiony formula leaves a radiant finish and is very long-lasting.