There is no doubt the Kim Kardashians makeup look has become all the rage in recent years. Kim Kardashian has without a doubt revolutionized the way we view soft glam. Although she wears a full face of makeup, she makes it look effortless by using neutral-colored tones.
The real key to getting the Kim K makeup look involves the following: a flawless base, extremely blended-out yet intense contour, a 90’s style nude lip, and a super bright undereye.
Fortunately, these products nowadays can be easily available, high-quality, and fairly affordable. We have put together our list of techniques and products to help you achieve the signature Kim Kardashians makeup look, which should leave you feeling gorgeous, and glamorous!
To get the Kim Kardashians makeup look, you’re going to want a skin-like foundation. You can achieve this easily by purchasing any foundation of your liking described to have medium coverage and a natural finish. Don’t forget that skin prep is key. Before applying your foundation, apply a moisturizing skincare routine, and a gripping primer.
We love natural finish foundations because they work well with all skin types for the majority of the time. They are hydrating enough for dry skin but not too hydrating for oily skin.
Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Perfect Glow Flawless Oil-Free Foundation
Armani Beauty Luminous
Armani Beauty Luminous Silk Perfect Glow Flawless Oil-Free Foundation is a cult favorite. This foundation is loved by many people, including Ms. Kardashian herself. The formula is buildable, creamy, and perfect for Kim’s signature soft glam look.
This is a medium coverage foundation that is going to give you a nice luminous glow to the skin, which is a must to achieve Kim Kardashians makeup.
If you are looking for a more affordable option with 50 shades available for all skin tones, you can try the Il Makiage Foundation ‘Woke Up Like This’.
Bright Under Eye
Kim has made the super bright undereye a staple in her makeup look. You can easily achieve this by using a bright concealer under the eye. To start, grab a concealer of your liking and use a shade that is two or three shades lighter than your skin tone. The trick is to only use this shade under the eye.
However, you can also continue highlighting by using this slightly lighter concealer on the other high points of the face such as the chin, middle of the forehead, and bridge of the nose. this is a Kardashian makeup secret.
You can also use a concealer that is more full coverage for this step. As you are using a more natural, medium-coverage foundation, this can be a great opportunity to very naturally cover up some skin concerns you may have.
Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer
The Too Faced Born This Way concealer is easily one of our favorites and will help us achieve the Kim Kardashians makeup look. It has a natural finish, but still has very full coverage, which is rare to see in such a creamy concealer. Getting a fuller coverage concealer like this can help conceal small problem areas that your medium coverage foundation couldn’t tackle.
Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer
If full coverage is not a concern for you, we would suggest the Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer. It will give a very nice and supple skin-like finish to the skin while providing medium coverage. This formula is great for all skin types and will provide long-lasting coverage for up to 16 hours; perfect for your Kim Kardashians makeup to last!
In order to get the complete Kim Kardashians makeup look, a cream contour is a must. The Fenty Beauty Contour Skinstick is perfect for this, as the creamy formula blends easily and it comes in a variety of shades. In general, Kim has put contouring on the map and she has made this a very popular trend in the makeup community.
cream contour stick
Cream contour is perfect for giving you a chiseled, snatched look. Plus, cream products will usually give the bold, yet seamless finish we are going for compared to powder products that can be harder to blend. Be sure to look for a cool-toned contour shade, as that’s what’s going to give the “natural shadow” effect.
To apply your cream contour, find the areas of the face you wish to shadow or darken. Think about the areas on your face where you used a brightening concealer. In general, the areas around those high points are where you apply cream contour.
This could be around your hairline, your forehead, under your cheekbones, and on the outer edge of your jawline. When using cream contour on your jawline, remember to blend generously and drag it down your neck. This will prevent any color contrast between the neck and face.
Baking is a trend that has been around for a while now. This is a technique heavily used by drag queens that help smooth out and brighten the skin. This technique is perfect for those with oily skin. It will keep your under eyes from creasing and leave you with a flawless finish that lasts all day.
By adding a thin layer of powder almost everywhere you were to add concealer, then letting it sit for a few minutes, your foundation/concealer will cling onto the powder and thus making your skin appear smoother. The best time to add this is probably before applying eyeshadow, mascara, lashes, and eyebrows. Then gently sweep away the excess powder after you’re done. This is especially perfect for photos and uncoincidentally is how Kim gets her skin to appear so smooth in her Instagram posts.
Of course, if you have more mature or dry skin, try using less powder, not letting it “sit”, or even skipping this step altogether. Another great, popular tip is to use setting spray immediately after baking to provide some moisture back into areas that are looking dry. This melts the powder into your skin and helps this base stay in place all day.
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Laura Mercier is a popular choice of powder that can be used for baking. It can give you that airbrushed look that you have been wanting. If you don’t believe us, just bake your face with this powder once and try taking a flash photo – you’re welcome. Now, this powder does tend to be on the dry side, so dry skin users proceed with caution. It’s important to note that a lot of powder, including this one, come in various shades. Be sure to pick a shade that matches your skin tone to avoid that white or chalky flashback.
Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder
If you tend to be on the dryer side, this is just the powder for you. This powder is much finer, and is infused with diamond powder which leaves a radiant finish, which is hard to find in a powder. You can bake with this, but it also works excellent just applied with a brush or powder puff.
To get Kim’s signature look, you’re going to want to add as much dimension as possible, which is where the powder contour comes in. Just like with the cream contour, you are going to want to get a grey/ashy tone for this since this shade helps create shadows for contour. Powder contour is also a perfect way to “set” your cream contour.
You can also use your powder contour as eyeshadow to help give the eye some dimension. With a fluffy blending brush, apply the powder above the eyelid crease and blend. You can use the contour color alone or as a base for the rest of your eyeshadow look. This is perfect for getting a quick, soft glam look. If you’re using the same powder contour as you did on your cheeks, then you’re going to effortlessly give yourself a monochromatic look.
If you notice, Kim tends to stick to all matte eyeshadow looks that usually consist of just all nude tones suited for her skin. To save some time, energy, and money, it’s easiest to just use your powder contour to give your eye some dimension.
Makeup by Mario Soft Sculpt Bronzer
Makeup by Mario Soft Sculpt Bronzer is a great powder contour as it comes in cool tone shades, which can be fairly difficult to find in powder contours or bronzers,. They are also a soft matte finish and do not contain shimmer, which makes this a perfect powder contour option.
Fenty Beauty Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzer
If you’d rather look less chiseled and more like you spent a week on a tropical vacation, opt for a warmer bronzer option, such as this. Rihanna has managed to make some of the best bronzers for warming up the face. The name speaks for itself. Use as much or as little as you need to achieve the perfect bronze.
Blush is an amazing way to add a flush of color to your face. To get the Kim Kardashians makeup look, you’re going to want to get a very sheer blush and apply it to the apples of the cheeks. Apply a small amount to the tip of the nose for a sun-kissed look. Blush gives you that healthy wash of color which pairs with your contour perfectly.