5 face sculpting lessons from Yves Saint Laurent Beauté

5 face sculpting lessons from Yves Saint Laurent Beauté

Shadow and light

Text: Renée Batchelor

With a brand new collection that includes the revamped Touche Éclat Le Teint foundation, Yves Saint Laurent Beauté gives us a masterclass on creating a naturally contoured complexion

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté's creative director of makeup Lloyd Simmonds has been one busy man. With the sheer amount of complexion and sculpting products the brand has released this month alone, there's no excuse for not having subtly contoured, flawless skin. Here his expert tips on how to use the products in this range for a fresh, glowing complexion, minus any heavy cakeiness and Kardashian-inspired over-contouring. As many of these are limited edition, you'll want to stock up on these glow-getters.

If you love the cult favourite Touche Éclat, you'll be ecstatic to know that the brand is introducing limited edition Neutralizers. These come in three shades — Abricot Bisque, Vert Green and Violet. Abricot Bisque is peach-hued and great for adding warmth to the complexion. Vert Green counteracts redness in the skin, so it's a godsend when worn under foundation, while the Violet shade cancels out sallowness under the eyes. Says Simmonds, "Colour correction is very much a pro tip, one that has been readily used in theatre since makeup began. It helps to create a three-dimensional effect on the skin, eliminating certain things and embracing others. 

Touche Éclat Neutralizer in Abricot Bisque, Vert Green and Violet, $59 each

Try the brand's lightweight, new Touche Éclat Le Teint foundation that is designed to mimic the naturally luminous look of skin at the golden hour between dusk and nightfall. One drop is all you need —  put it in the centre of Yves Saint Laurent Beauté's new Y-brush before buffing the product into the skin. If you want more coverage, add foundation drop by drop. Says Simmonds, "Add one droplet at a time — less is always more when it comes to foundation. For any areas that need a bit of extra attention, tap it into the skin with a stippling motion to deliver more product where you need it — perhaps around the nose, chin and forehead. Keep the layer as thin as possible to help unify the colour."

The Y-shaped brush
If the idea of strobing scares you, don't let it. Yves Saint Laurent Beauté has an ingenious version of its Baby Doll Kiss & Blush called Strobing Light that's easy to use. Available in four shades including a pearlescent one called 'Strobing', our favourite is Nude Vibrant, a balmy taupe that blends seamlessly into skin. Simmonds tip? Add this over blush to highlight the skin. "In a picture [strobing] gives the skin more depth and makes the skin seem more alive. A really good blush makes you look fresh and rested and then, you add strobing on top, that's when everything becomes more beautiful. You don't really need anything else, just gorgeous, glowing skin."
Baby Doll Kiss & Blush in Nude Light and Strobing, $50 each
One of the biggest mistakes women make with contouring is going too dark and applying too much product. Yves Saint Laurent Beauté has a new Couture Contouring Palette that comes in two harmonies: Golden and Rosy. This kit has softer pigmentation, so it's great for amateurs and those that don't want an obvious demarcation. Besides a contouring shade, there is also a highlighting shade as a counterbalance. Simmonds says, "The wonderful thing about sculpting is that you can always build it up — so start small. Play with angles and experiment!" Simmonds says the wedge shape of the contour brush is great for sculpting and can be angled for different effects. To lengthen your cheekbones, angle it slightly downwards, while for a stronger look, apply it at less of an angle, with a straight line going from the ear towards the nose."

Couture Contouring Palette in Golden, $89

While many Singaporean women skipeyeshadow or don't feel confident applying it, the brand has two Couture Palette Eye Contouring that are designed to "enhance the shape and structure of the eye", says Simmonds. Available in two harmonies, Rosy Glow and Nude Gloe, there's only one thing to bear in mind when creating your eye look. "The simple rule is wherever you want depth, use a dark shade; wherever you want volume, add light," says Simmonds. Although achieving the effect is easier said and done and some practice is required, the soft textures and shades that have been pre-selected for two understones make these pretty easy to use. 

Couture Palette Eye Contouring in Golden Glow and Rosy Glow

Available now at Yves Saint Laurent Beauté stores and counters