Monday, 23 November 2015

The Contour Edit

the contour edit, contour, highlight, nars, the balm, kevyn aucoin, rimmel, becca, jaclyn hill, champagne pop, altai, the sculpting powder, mary lou manizer


the contour edit, contouring, contour, highlight, the sculpting powder, kevyn aucion, the balm, mary lou manizer, rimmel, wake me up, nars, matte multiple, altai, becca, jaclyn hill, shimmering skin perfector, champagne pop, contour routine


the contour edit, contouring, contour, highlight, the sculpting powder, kevyn aucion, the balm, mary lou manizer, rimmel, wake me up, nars, matte multiple, altai, becca, jaclyn hill, shimmering skin perfector, champagne pop, contour routine


the contour edit, contouring, contour, highlight, the sculpting powder, kevyn aucion, the balm, mary lou manizer, rimmel, wake me up, nars, matte multiple, altai, becca, jaclyn hill, shimmering skin perfector, champagne pop, contour routine


It seems like everybody and their dog are contouring at the moment, young and old alike are lusting after those carved out cheekbones and that glowy highlight. In light of that, the market for contour products seems to have exploded a bit. Although there still isn't an amazing amount of drugstore contour products available (almost none in Zurich), there are a lot of mid-range to high-end brands that have some great options. I thought I'd run you through some of my favourite tried and tested contour and highlight products and let you know what I think!

1. Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder - Yes, I know you're all probably sick to death about hearing about this product, but it's kind of amazing so I couldn't really leave it out, could I? This was the first proper contouring product I got following a few misguided attempts at contouring with bronzer - orange. So orange. The reason why most bronzers aren't the best products to contour with is because they're generally used to add warmth to the face, ergo they are very warm toned. With contouring, the point is to mimic the shadows that would sit beneath your cheekbones, or other areas of your face where the light doesn't hit as much. These shadows tend to be more grey in tone, hence why choosing a slightly more ashy cool tone is better when contouring. To me this product hits the nail on the head. The shade is spot on for me and I think it's one that'll work for a lot of skin tones that range between light and medium. It's easy to blend out, stays put all day and looks pretty darn natural - love. 

2. NARS Matte Multiple in Altai - So after having a little ramble about how important it is to choose a cool-toned shade to contour with, I'm presenting you with another warmer toned shade. Yes, but I feel like this is somewhere in between a bronzer and a contour shade and because it's a cream product it's really blendable and looks very natural. I really like this to switch up the formula of my contour every now and again, don't ask me why, apparently I get bored easily. I will say that the shade of this isn't quite as on point as the Kevyn Aucoin but I think it adds some dimension, whilst still imparting a bit of warmth to your complexion. Sometimes if I'm doing a slightly heavier contour, I use a bit of this and set it with a tiny bit of The Sculpting Powder blended into the hollows of my cheeks, which leaves a really nice finish. Nothing like a bit of trickery to make it look like you're not moon-faced - I am.

3. The Balm Mary Lou Manizer - This stuff is so pretty. They say you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a prince, and I sure did try my fair shade of disco-ball, full on glitter-stuck-to-your-face highlighters until I found this. I ordered it off Feel Unique around a year or so ago and I've used it a lot and I've hardly made a dent in it! Serious investment there. This is just the most gorgeous champagney highlight and it is so incredibly finely milled that it just glides right onto the skin. I tend to use this on the high points of my cheeks, down the bridge of my nose and on my cupid's bow. The result is lovely glowy skin that doesn't make it look like you've stuck your head in a barrel of glitter. What more do you want?

4. Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop - Right, aside from that ridiculously long name, this is just one of those swoon-worthy products that you hear about, immediately have to have and then overapply for weeks because you love it so much - just me? Alright then. I've spoken about this around these parts before, I'm sure it's nothing new to you, everyone was talking about it when it first came out. And sold out. And then sold out again. After sending multiple friends on a wild goose chase for this in the US, I eventually ordered it and had it shipped to a friend in the States. I will say that the palaver was worth it, this stuff is gorgeous. To be honest, I had absolutely no need for another champagney highlight but the internet made me do it and frankly, I couldn't be happier. It's a very shimmery champagne coloured highlight, perhaps more of an evening highlight, and it works wonders on dull winter skin. The perfect companion for the upcoming months!

5. Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer - I am very aware that this is the only affordable product I've stuck in here and I'm really sorry! As I mentioned before, it's slim pickings in Zurich on whole drugstore contouring front, so I've stuck to what I know for now. That aside, you might be wondering why I've put a concealer in with the rest of these products. This isn't something I do on an every day basis (who has the time?), but if I really am going the whole hog with my makeup, I like to add some more light under my eyes (you know, that "triangle area") and on my forehead and if you apply highlighter there you're going to look like a basket case. So for this I normally just use a concealer that's a few shades lighter than my natural skin tone and apply it in the desired areas, pressing it in with a damp beauty blender. The result is natural looking, healthy skin, yay!

So those are the products that I've tried and tested over time and use the most to contour with! I definitely can't be bothered to do the whole proper contour and highlight thing every day - effort - but I do contour fairly often because I need some serious help when it comes to faking cheekbones - the moon-facedness and all that. Hopefully this has been somewhat helpful to you if you've been looking for some contour and highlight products! Maybe one day I'll actually have proper cheekbones but until then,  fake it till you make it! 



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5 comments

  1. I need MaryLou!
    Charlotte // charlottespicks.blogspot.com

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  2. I love this list of products! I recently purchased the Becca highlighter as well and love it!!!

    xoxo Emily
    http://www.ditchtheheels.com

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  3. The Manizer is probably one of the most hyped about products!!! I need it

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

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