Meet The New Soft Sculpting Trend

Contouring is one trend that we all know and love. We often think of heavy-handed contouring, but beauty trends are changing. Even Kim Kardashians’ go-to makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic, is advocating for a softer approach. ‘Soft sculpting’ is all about creating a natural look, focusing your blush and bronzer on the parts of your face that the sun naturally hits. We’re taking a look at the trend and how you can recreate it.


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What is soft sculpting?

Soft sculpting is a trend that’s become popular as we move away from ‘social media makeup’ and towards more natural everyday makeup. After a year of mask year, no one wants to go back to a full face of makeup. Soft sculpting uses blush, contour, and highlighter to create a buildable look. You want to drape the color against your skin in the most natural way possible.


You want to focus the colors on the areas of your face where the sun naturally hits, giving you a dewy glowing, while accentuating your features. As we shift towards more wearable everyday makeup, we’ve fallen head over heels for soft sculpting. The beauty of it is that you only need a few products to create the look.

How to create the soft sculpted look

We all know how difficult mastering contouring can be. In the days where it was all about bronzer, it was easy to look like you had gone OTT with your fake tan. The beauty of soft sculpting is that it’s a buildable look using lighter shades that complement your natural skin tone.


The secret to the ‘draping’ makeup look is to start with your skincare. You want to give your skin the hydration it needs to create a healthy glow. When you start your makeup routine, there are three simple steps to creating a soft sculpted look.

1. Sculpt with bronzer or foundation

You want to start by focusing on your cheeks. For the most natural look, apply your bronzer just above the hollows of your cheeks, blending it upwards for a natural lift. Choose a natural bronzer shade that adds warmth to your skin without looking artificial.

Start with a small amount of powder and build it up until you achieve the look you want. A tip is to do your makeup in natural daylight, as working in artificial lighting can be misleading and cause your makeup to look harsher.

One of our favorite tricks is to use a foundation that is one shade darker than your normal shade. You can apply it as a contour using a brush or sponge, applying it to your jawline, cheekbones, and forehead.

2. Add a pop of blush

Blush is at the heart of this trend. You want to apply a blush that gives you a healthy glow. Don’t be afraid to go outside your cheeks and add a touch of blush to your forehead, nose, and chin.


3. Finish off with a highlighter

Make your skin look as if it’s lit from within using a light highlighter. You want to make sure to blend to avoid a stripe of highlighter clinging to your skin. You can apply the highlighter above your blush and slowly blend the pigment.

What do you think of the soft sculpting trend? Let us know in the comments below!

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