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The contouring and strobing pens that create high definition in seconds

September 10th 2015 / Judy Johnson Google+ Judy Johnson

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Burberry's new face and eye pens make sculpting and strobing child's play

To the uninitiated, contouring looks like hard work; far too much work, at least, for busy mornings when you’re just hoping you leave the house on time looking vaguely presentable, never mind with highly defined cheekbones. But said shading needn’t be resigned to the weekends as Burberry has launched two ‘pens’ which make light work of the contour trend - so much so that even a public-transport-preener wouldn’t think twice about blending a sharper face with them while hurtling along the underground.

First up is the Effortless Contouring Pen, a darker shade for adding a little shadow and depth to under the cheekbones and even in the eye socket (both pens are for face and eyes). Despite its fine appearance, which seems odd given that it’s designed to shade in your face, it’s pleasantly easy to blend; it allows for precision while being so soft that any edges are blurred instantly with either a brush or clean fingertip to leave a barely-there, natural-looking shadow.

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To keep up with the strobing trend there is also the Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen to match, another crayon-like twist-up pen with a similarly soft and creamy texture to gently highlight and brighten the face and eyes.

Available in just the one universal shade, a glowing Nude Radiance, it is shimmer-free so you can subtly highlight without the sparkle; easily one of the most natural-looking highlighters we’ve ever come across. The perfect pairing for simple, sophisticated sculpting that takes no time at all.

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Watch Wendy Rowe's makeup tutorial below to see just how easy the pens are to use:

Burberry Face Contour Effortless Contouring Pen, £25, and Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen, 25, available now from Burberry

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