Kardashian Makeup Artist Joyce Bonelli Explains Her 3-D Tanning Technique: All the Details

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Contouring is about to get a little more extreme. Instead of using traditional powders and creams, Joyce Bonelli, makeup artist to the Kardashians, swears by the new trend of 3-D tanning.

The idea is to define cheekbones with self-tanner for a contour that lasts for days instead of just one wear.

"It's all about sculpting the body to add silhouettes and luminosity to your skin," Bonelli told the Daily Mail. "I use this technique on my clients all the time and it's so easy for those at home to do."


The process, which has also been called "tantouring," is threefold:

Use a foundation brush to apply bronzing gel (Bonelli suggests Cocoa Brown Instant Tan Bronzing Gel Shimmer, $7, cloud10beauty.com) where the sun naturally hits the face (the forehead, tip of the nose and sides of cheeks). "This will give the face a very natural, sun-kissed look," said the celebrity makeup artist, who also works with Jessica Alba.

Blend the gel into your face like you would a typical bronzer, and leave on for one hour for a light glow, two hours for a bronzed effect and three hours for a deep tan. Then, wash it off in the shower or the sink.

The final step involves strategically using shimmering dry body oil, such as Cocoa Brown Goddess Oil ($20, rickysnyc.com), to highlight cheekbones, temples, the collarbone and down the middle of the legs and arms.

Would you try 3-D tanning?

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