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Grab your highlighter and your bronzer – make-up pro Tom Pecheux proves contouring is back in a big way

Want to look like a supermodel? Of course you do. Take a cue from Pecheux’s perfectly-contoured beauties at Balmain’s spring-summer show: the ultimate versions of a so-called super. We’re talking the tanned, svelte, athletic übers of the early nineties such as Stephanie Seymour, Christy Turlington and Brigitte Nielsen.

'They were superhero women,' says Pecheux. His trick? A basic complexion-sculpting technique from the nineties – classic contouring. But where old school contouring used to entail layers upon layers of dark bronzer swept under cheekbones and into the hollows of the face, the modern school of thought, according to Pecheux, is to focus on highlighting skin for the most natural glow.

To get the look he still smoothed cream and powder bronzer formulas down the bridge of the nose, 'where you’re most likely to tan naturally', but a myriad of loose pigment powder highlighters in gold, rose, silver and copper were applied to the high points of the face to fake a flash-bulb worthy luminous complexion in seconds.

Confused about what parts of your face you should highlight? Here’s an easy trick we like to think of when applying luminising pigments.

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A highlighter acts like a white dress – wherever you apply it, it makes that feature look bigger. So smooth it over your browbone, above your cupid’s bow, to the inner corner of your eyes and at the top of your cheeks for runway-ready cheekbones. A dark shade such a bronzer works just like your favourite LBD. Sweep it into the hollows of cheeks and down your nose to make those areas look smaller so that highlighted contours will pop.

Don’t have bronzer or an illuminating pen? Don’t stress. Take a look at the video above to find out InStyle's beauty editor Malena Harbers’s quick tips on how you can get a luminous complexion in seconds without make-up. 

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