Well . . .this post is going up A LOT later than I expected but sometimes that is life.
This week I wanted to share with you my new contour palette. I played around with the idea of getting one for a while, asking myself will this REALLY work and after watching countless YouTube vidoes I decided to take the plunge.
I read the reviews on both the Anatasia Contour Palette and the Lorac Pro Contour Palette. Anatasia is $40 and Lorac was $45, the reviews were the same for both and they both offered a few different shades. The deal breaker was the Lorac Pro Palette came with a brush.
It didn’t take me that long to figure out what worked best for my face but I did learn quickly that the brush wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Sigma Large Contour Brush. I love that it is really fluffy and blends the color really well. The Lorac brush is just too stiff, however I do use it for a few of my steps. The colors are really pigmented, so it looked like I had dirt in the hollows of my face or was trying too hard; it wasn’t a cute look. After I switched brushes, it was a whole new world. You can follow my steps to achieving a light contour below.
These are the steps I use to achieve a light contour:
- Start with a good primer; either Makeup Forever, or Smashbox Primer Oil (a post about the Smashbox Primer Oil will come soon)
- Apply my Sephora Illuminating Drops
- Apply It Cosmetics CC Cream over my whole face
- Apply concealer under my eyes to brighten me up
- Mix the ‘Beige Highlighter’ and ‘Yellow Highlighter’ with a flat brush (I use an old Chanel one), then apply it in a triangular shape under my eyes and above the apples of my cheeks over my concealer (it helps the concealer set or bake)
- Apply the ‘Light Contour’ color in the hallows of my cheeks, temples, and my forehead and BLEND. (I use my Sigma Large Contour Brush)
- Bonus – use the Lorac brush to apply the ‘Medium Contour’ at the hair line and blend. (It helps provide a little bit more depth)
- If you want to make your nose a little smaller, you can apply the ‘Light Contour’ using the Lorac Brush down the sides of your nose. If you apply too much, just tap some ‘Yellow Highlighter’over it.
- To finish it up, apply the ‘Shimmer Highlight’ in the area above my cheekbone and below your eye in an upward sweeping motion and dwon the bridge of my nose.
If I put too much on, I just blend it out a lot longer but I also finish my face with my NYX Finishing Powder which helps cover up the extra color.
Have you tried to contour? If so, I would love to know how you achieve the perfect contour and what you use.
Check back on Friday for the Friday Five!