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Contour queen! In Kim Kardashian's latest video, she challenges her make-up artist to a face-painting face-off but can YOU tell whose skills are better?

  • Kim, 36, is promoting her new make-up line KKW Beauty
  • She has made a video in which she has her make-up artist Mario Dedivanovic paint one side of her face, and she does the other
  • In the end, even Mario has to admit that the two sides of Kim's face look the same

It's a new day, which means it's time for Kim Kardashian West to release a new video to promote her sold-out KKW Beauty line.

In today's clip, the 36-year-old reality star challenges her longtime make-up artist Mario Dedivanovic to a face-painting dual.

After he conceals and contours the mom-of-two's face into flawless perfection, Kim has him wipe one side clean, so she can work her own make-up magic.

All in good fun: Make-up artist Mario Dedivanovic (left) has been Kim Kardashian West's go-to face-painter for the past 10 years. The two have an incredibly close relationship

All in good fun: Make-up artist Mario Dedivanovic (left) has been Kim Kardashian West's go-to face-painter for the past 10 years. The two have an incredibly close relationship

Split-screen: When Kim, 36, challenged Mario to a contouring face-off in her latest video, he left the make-up he applied on one side of her face and wiped the other side clean for her use

Split-screen: When Kim, 36, challenged Mario to a contouring face-off in her latest video, he left the make-up he applied on one side of her face and wiped the other side clean for her use

Mario asks Kim, 'Which side are you more comfortable doing?' to which she replies, 'Honey, my face is so symmetrical, it doesn't matter.'

'Just give me your f*****g foundation and concealer. I'll do it on myself, don't worry.'

Mario skeptically gives in but tells Kim she has to mix two colors for her foundation. 'That's looking a little ashy,' he says as he combines them.

While Kim applies the face paint with a brush, she asks Mario for a sponge. 'This is why I like my little Kabuki brush,' she says.

Kim then blends her foundation with a pink Beauty Blender sponge and dusts powder or bronzer over her face with a fluffy complexion brush.

'This side already looks way better,' she teases Mario.

Ace of base: Kim talked a big game in the video, saying she was perfectly capable of doing her own foundation and concealer but bemoaned Mario's small brush, preferring a Beauty Blender
Ace of base: Kim talked a big game in the video, saying she was perfectly capable of doing her own foundation and concealer but bemoaned Mario's small brush, preferring a Beauty Blender

Ace of base: Kim talked a big game in the video, saying she was perfectly capable of doing her own foundation and concealer but bemoaned Mario's small brush, preferring a Beauty Blender

Always promoting: The reality star-turned-make-up-mogul used products from her KKW Beauty Creme Contour and Highlight Kit when it was her turn to contour

She then uses the dark contour color from her medium color kit to draw around her forehead and face in the shape of a '3'.

'I do go a little bit more around my hairline [with this] than he does,' Kim says of Mario, 'just because I like to look a little bit tanner.'

When Kim applies concealer under her eye and bakes it with powder, Mario says, 'I'm getting a little shook right now. That does kind of look good.'

Another tip Kim reveals is that she always blends her contour up onto her ear.

Showing off some serious cosmetic ingenuity, she then uses the matte side of the highlighter stick as a base for her eyeshadow, exclaiming, 'Ooh, how much better and cleaner does my side look? Seriously, doesn't it?'

Mario shoots back, 'No, it looks the same. But mine looks cooler.'

Eyes on the prize: She also used the crayons from her kit as a eyelid primer and shadow, a move that even Mario applauded

When Kim is finished with her eyeshadow, she asks Mario why she even needs him.

'You need a little more [color] on that side,' he replies.

But in the end, even Mario admits that both sides 'look pretty identical' and calls the competition a tie.

'I'm proud of you,' he tells Kim.

'Aren't I good?' she asks him.

'Yeah, but who's been your teacher for the past ten years?' he retorts.

It's a tie! In the end, even Mario had to admit that both sides of Kim's face looked identical

It's a tie! In the end, even Mario had to admit that both sides of Kim's face looked identical

The latest video comes just two days after Kim released another clip in which she demonstrated how she does her 'everyday' make-up in less than five minutes, using only the face-painting crayons from her line.

After seeing the clip and receiving the KKW Beauty Creme Contour and Highlight Kit, celebrityrave.com's beauty director Lindsey Unterberger, 33, put it to the test to see if she could re-create Kim's bronzed results. She followed Kim's video instructions to the letter – using only the three products contained in the kit: a dual-sided contour stick, dual-sided highlighter stick and dual-sided brush-and-sponge applicator.

While the process looks impressive while it's in progress, the results are underwhelming, though Kim says that's kind of the point.

'I have no foundation on, no concealer, so it's not going to look as flawless unless you put all that on under and do the whole process,' she warns in the video. 'But I'm just showing you what my everyday, all-natural, five-minute look would be when I don't feel like putting on a ton of make-up.'

See her attempt in action below.

Kan she do it? When Dailymail.com Beauty Director Lindsey Unterberger (pictured), 33, was sent Kim Kardashian's KKW Beauty Creme Contour and Highlight Kit, she set out (bare-faced) to re-create the star's five-minute make-up routine using only the three products in the bag

Kan she do it? When celebrityrave.com Beauty Director Lindsey Unterberger (pictured), 33, was sent Kim Kardashian's KKW Beauty Creme Contour and Highlight Kit, she set out (bare-faced) to re-create the star's five-minute make-up routine using only the three products in the bag

THE PRODUCTS

What's included: The kit, which is currently sold-out but retails for $48, contains a dual-ended contour crayon, dual-ended highlighter crayon and double-sided applicator

What's included: The kit, which is currently sold-out but retails for $48, contains a dual-ended contour crayon, dual-ended highlighter crayon and double-sided applicator

The kit, which is currently sold-out on kkwbeauty.com but retails for $48, comes in a nude Zip-lock bag that has Kanye vibes written all over it. Inside the flesh-colored packaging is another vacuum-sealed plastic bag that contains the three products. I have a hard time not comparing them to sex toys upon first glance, but I have to admit that their small size makes them a good on-the-go option.

Kim offers the collection in four shades and used the medium color in the video. For my fair skin, I opted for the light version.

The writing on the products doesn't stand out against the nude packaging, which makes it hard to tell which stick is the contour and which is the highlight at first. When you open them, it's obvious, but the two shades contained in the contour stick are so similar-looking that it's difficult to differentiate which is lighter version and which is the darker one. If you look really closely, the sides are labeled I and II. I found myself referring back to the Roman numerals often throughout the process.

STEP 1: THE 'CONCEALER'

Hidden circles: Instead of concealer, Kim (pictured) used the matte side of the highlighter crayon to brighten any dark areas on her face. Lindsey may have gone too far with it
Hidden circles: Instead of concealer, Kim used the matte side of the highlighter crayon to brighten any dark areas on her face. Lindsey (pictured) may have gone too far with it

Hidden circles: Instead of concealer, Kim (left) used the matte side of the highlighter crayon to brighten any dark areas on her face. Lindsey (right) may have gone too far with it

In the video, after prepping her skin with moisturizer, Kim, who is wearing her hair in a ponytail and a nude-colored tank top and small gold necklace, gets to work.

'I know this isn't concealer, but because it's really all I'm using, I use it a little bit as concealer,' Kim said as she rubbed the light matte highlighter crayon under her eyes and in the middle of her forehead.

Wearing nothing but moisturizer and sunscreen, I followed Kim's lead and drew lines over every dark or flawed part of my skin with matte side of the highlighter crayon. The color went on well, felt creamy and was easy to use. So far, so good, I thought.

STEP 2: THE NOSE CONTOUR

Tip top: Using a technique Lindsey hadn't tried, Kim (pictured) used the lighter side of the contour crayon on the tip of her nose. 'It shortens the nose and makes it look so cute,' said the reality star
Tip top: Using a technique Lindsey (pictured) hadn't tried, Kim used the lighter side of the contour crayon on the tip of her nose. 'It shortens the nose and makes it look so cute,' said the reality star

Tip top: Using a technique Lindsey hadn't tried, Kim used the lighter side of the contour crayon on the tip of her nose. 'It shortens the nose and makes it look so cute,' said the reality star

Next, Kim takes the lighter side of the contour stick and draws two lines down the sides of her nose.

'I always do the tip of my nose because it just shortens the nose and makes it look so cute,' she says.

After a few moments spent trying to figure out which end of the contour stick was the lighter one, I replicated Kim's nose contour. I've done the sides of my nose in the past, but the tip trick was new me.

The consistency of the contour stick was similar to that of the highlighter, but more product seems to come out with each stroke that I was expecting. I adjusted to lighter application touch after having to twist up for more pigment after the first few lines.

STEP 3: THE FOREHEAD CONTOUR

Warm it up: Lindsey followed Kim's lead (pictured) and used the darker contour color around her hairline
Warm it up: Lindsey (pictured) followed Kim's lead and used the darker contour color around her hairline

Warm it up: Lindsey followed Kim's lead and used the darker contour color around her hairline

After doing her nose, Kim switches to the darker side of contour stick in the video and runs it down her cheek and all over her forehead.

'I love to go along my hairline because I really like to look super bronzed, and I love like a short forehead. I know that sounds weird,' she said.

I did the same, feeling like my forehead will never match the color of the rest of my face and body. The dark contour color is much more pigmented than the lighter one when I put it on, despite their similarities in the tube.

STEP 4: THE FACE CONTOUR

It's all in the numbers! Kim (pictured) swears by using the '3' shape when she contours her face
It's all in the numbers! Kim swears by using the '3' shape when she contours her face, so Lindsey (pictured) gave it a shot

It's all in the numbers! Kim swears by using the '3' shape when she contours her face

Kim relies on the theory of '3' when she contours her face. She uses the same dark side of the crayon she used on her forehead to draw the number on her face, starting at her forehead and going down the cheekbone and along the jawline.

I looked like a crazy person but gave it a try.

STEP 5: BLENDING THE CONTOUR

Kim advises using the Kabuki brush in her kit in small circles to blend the make-up
Buff it out: Lindsey (pictured) was surprised by how easily the dark contour blended into her skin when she used the Kabuki brush side of the applicator

Buff it out: Lindsey was surprised by how easily the dark contour blended into her skin when she used the Kabuki brush side of the applicator

Using circular motions, Kim blends the dark contouring she did on her face and forehead with the Kabuki brush end of the applicator in her kit.

She then blends the contouring she did to her nose, using the brush to blend the pigment up onto her eyelids.

The brush is much smaller than the ones I'm accustomed to blending my make-up with, so I was skeptical that it would work, but I was dead wrong. Even though I felt like I had applied mountains of dark contour, a few vigorous circles with the brush blended it seamlessly into my skin.

STEP 6: BLENDING THE 'CONCEALER'

Dab, dab, dab: Lindsey said her wrist began to hurt after how much tapping she had to do with the sponge-side of the applicator to blend in the matte highlighter 'concealer' but Kim (pictured) didn't seem to have any issues
Dab, dab, dab: Lindsey (pictured) said her wrist began to hurt after how much tapping she had to do with the sponge-side of the applicator to blend in the matte highlighter 'concealer'

Dab, dab, dab: Lindsey said her wrist began to hurt after how much tapping she had to do with the sponge-side of the applicator to blend in the matte highlighter 'concealer'

Use what nature gave you: Both Kim (pictured) and Lindsey like to blend in their make-up with their fingers to give skin a dewy finish
Use what nature gave you: Both Kim and Lindsey (pictured) like to blend in their make-up with their fingers to give skin a dewy finish

Use what nature gave you: Both Kim and Lindsey like to blend in their make-up with their fingers to give skin a dewy finish

Here is where I ran into major problems with the product. In the video, Kim wets the sponge side of the applicator to blend the 'concealer' highlighter.

I don't know if I used too much of the highlighter or if it was the sponge itself, but the product didn't blend, no matter how much I dabbed at it with the wet sponge. (And I dabbed so much and so hard that my wrist actually started to cramp up.)

I resorted to using my fingers to blend it in, a trick which Kim says she likes to do too to give skin a dewy finish.

From now on, I'll stick to using an actual concealer for major problem areas like my chin.

Kim also says she takes the brush end of the applicator and applies whatever dark color is left on it to go over the highlighter so the light areas don't look too white.

This trick proved invaluable to me, and I even went so far as apply a little more dark contour over the lighter areas to warm them up even more.

STEP 7: THE LIP COLOR

Dead or alive? Kim (pictured) looked great with her nude lip, but Lindsey found that she looked more like a zombie than a Kardashian when she applied the dark contour shade to her pout
Dead or alive? Kim looked great with her nude lip, but Lindsey (pictured) found that she looked more like a zombie than a Kardashian when she applied the dark contour shade to her pout

Dead or alive? Kim looked great with her nude lip, but Lindsey found that she looked more like a zombie than a Kardashian when she applied the dark contour shade to her pout

After lining her lips with the light contour color, Kim then over-lined them just slightly with the darker color.

'It makes them look a little bigger,' she says.

Kim is known for her love of a nude lip, so this part of her make-up routine makes sense for her. I, however, look like a zombie with some kind of color on my lips, so it didn't work well for me.

I used the darker shade to fill in the rest of my pout but was still displeased with the result.

STEP 8: THE EYESHADOW COLOR

Eye don't see it! Kim (pictured) also used the dark contour shade as an eyeshadow, but Lindsey didn't think it showed up as much on her eyes as she would have liked
Eye don't see it! Kim also used the dark contour shade as an eyeshadow, but Lindsey (pictured) didn't think it showed up as much on her eyes as she would have liked

Eye don't see it! Kim also used the dark contour shade as an eyeshadow, but Lindsey didn't think it showed up as much on her eyes as she would have liked

Kim then uses the same dark color as an under-eye eyeshadow.

'When I'm doing my make-up myself, I always use bronzer as shadow. It just gives you a warm feeling, so you look alive,' she says.

I ran the crayon under my lower waterline but didn't notice much of a difference. This could be an instance where one of the darker-colored kits could have worked better.

On the plus side, my eyes are really sensitive and most liners make them tear up immediately, but this one didn't.

STEP 9: THE HIGHLIGHT

Glow on: Lindsey was, however, impressed with the shimmery end of the highlighter crayon, which she used on the top of her cheeks, brow bone, bridge of the nose, inner corners of the eyes and Cupid's bow, per Kim's (pictured) advice
Glow on: Lindsey (pictured) was, however, impressed with the shimmery end of the highlighter crayon, which she used on the top of her cheeks, brow bone, bridge of the nose, inner corners of the eyes and Cupid's bow, per Kim's advice

Glow on: Lindsey was, however, impressed with the shimmery end of the highlighter crayon, which she used on the top of her cheeks, brow bone, bridge of the nose, inner corners of the eyes and Cupid's bow, per Kim's advice

For the final step, Kim runs the shimmery side of the highlighter down her nose, on her Cupid's bow and in the inner corners of her eyes. She advises using either side of the highlighter on the bottom waterline of the eye and under the browbone, depending on the type of look you're going for.

This was another winning part of the product for me. I like how natural the shimmer looked under my browbone and how easy it was to blend with my fingers onto my cheeks. It was sparkly without being cheesy and noticeable without looking contrived.

THE RESULTS

Kim's final result
Lindsey's final result: She felt like she had more color in her face and her skin tone was slightly more even, but overall there wasn't a lot of payoff for the amount of make-up she was wearing

The final result: Lindsey felt like she had more color in her face and her skin tone was slightly more even, but overall there wasn't a lot of payoff for the amount of make-up she was wearing

When I looked in the mirror at the end of the application, I felt a similar underwhelming sensation to when I saw Kim's final look in the video.

Yes, my skin was undeniably more bronzed and a tad more even, but for how much make-up it felt like I had on my face, the payoff wasn't there for me.

Some parts of the kit, like the dark side of the contour stick, the shimmery end of the highlighter and the brush were winners that I'll be incorporating into my every-day routine, especially when I don't have room in my bag for a full stash of make-up. But others, like the sponge and using the matte highlighter in place of concealer, were misses.

While I liked the creative ways Kim used each of the products in the video, her disclaimer about using a foundation and concealer first for a more flawless finish is most likely spot-on.

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