4 Editors Put TikTok’s Contour Tape Hack to the Test — They Have Thoughts
The lengths people will go to for the perfect, snatched contour is reaffirmed every time a new contour hack goes viral on social media. Whether it’s using tape, using self-tan to contour or contouring with blush, there’s always something new, flashier and usually more gimmicky to try.
This time around, the latest viral contour hack involves one strip of tape placed across the cheeks and under the lips to serve as a guideline for where to apply contour products. The question is, do these types of hacks work, or is it better to stick with a more traditional application? Four of our editors put this viral TikTok hack to the test — keep reading to see their thoughts.
What Is The Contour Tape Hack?
This viral hack is believed to be created by @carmencamposa. In the video, after she’s applied her foundation, she places a big strip of tape across one cheek, under her lips, and across the other cheek to create a guideline for where to contour. Once the contour is applied and blended, she removes the tape to reveal the perfect contour.
Does Tape Work for Contour?
Yes, using tape is a common contour hack but once you find the right spot to place your contour, there is no need to use tape every time. When looking for where to place your contour, look for the area of your ear called the tragus and apply contour in line with that, blending inward.
What Contour Products Should You Use for This Hack?
The nice thing about this hack is you can use any medium to contour, so go for what you like best. If you like using bronzer, reach for a matte option like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24H Fresh Wear Soft Matte Bronzer and blend with a fluffy brush above where you placed the tape.
If you prefer cream contour, reach for a concealer like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer up to 24H Full Coverage, and choose two shades darker than your foundation shade to contour. Apply it above the tape and blend it with a brush or makeup sponge.
Our Editors’ Experience With the Hack
Viral beauty trends come and go and while some are great and help to elevate your routine, some just fall short. Four of our editors tested this contour hack to see whether it’s the former or the latter.
Written by: Reece Andavolgyi, Photos by: Shannon Stubbs, Kat Pierre, Sarah Duvivier, Reece Andavolgyi, Design by: Crystal Simone