What is Tantouring & How To Do It

Tantouring or tontouring, is apparently the new contouring! It’s a semi-permanent way to contour your face, but how effective is it? 

What Is Tantouring?

Tantouring is a combination of tanning and contouring. You use the contouring technique to contour your face with self-tanner. The aim is to semi-permanently contour your face and give it dimension without having to wear makeup.

To put it simply you put self-tanner where you would normally contour your face. Apply under your cheekbones, on top of the forehead, down the sides of the nose and under the jawline. After 2-3 hours you gently wash it off and hopefully you don’t look like a zebra! The ideal result is a very natural looking sculpt.

Kimmy K The Contouring Queen

Ever since Kim Kardashian posted a photo of her highly structured contour and highlight, the world has gone contour crazy! However, tantouring is taking contouring to the next level. 

How Long Does It Last?

Depending on how long you leave the tan on it can last for up to a week. 

My Experience

When I heard of tantouring, I was a little sceptical.  It sounded risky but if it worked I wouldn’t have to contour for the rest of the week! Risky or not, I decided to give it a go over the long weekend (in case something went wrong).

what youll need

You will need:

  • Gradual Face Tanner
  • A Makeup Brush (I used an old foundation brush)
  • Self-tanning lotion
  • A Tanning Mitt


  1. To avoid patchiness start with clean, exfoliated skin.
  2. Apply the gradual face tanner & let it dry.
  3. Apply a self-tanner that is a couple of shades darker than you skin tone.
    • Use the makeup brush to apply the tan of wear gloves (You don’t want the tan to stain your skin!)
    • Remember to blend! Use the tanning mitt to blend into the skin so there are no harsh lines, just like contouring.
  4. Apply for 1 hour for a light tan, 2 hours for a medium tan & 3 hours for a dark tan.
  5. Then gently wash it off.


After trying tantouring, I don’t think it will become a part of my regular beauty routine. I left the tan on for 30 minutes for my first try. I would recommend the same until you really know what you’re doing.

I also wouldn’t recommend contouring your nose too much, if at all. I have especially fair skin and even though I used a gradual face tanner, the nose tantour looked ridiculous. Remember the aim is to get a natural looking sculpt so use a little tan and remember to blend!!

Check out this video for more information on tantouring! I would love to hear your feedback or about your tantouring experience so please leave a message in the comment section below x


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