Monday, 21 September 2015

Best Products for Contouring and Highlighting

If there's one thing that I never forget to do in my morning make up routine its a good old contour and highlight to the cheek bones. No matter how late I am for work, or university or coffee with the girls I always manage to spend that extra five minutes really bringing my face to life; highlighting and sculpting those facial features. I think its the one thing that really makes a difference and I honestly notice so much when I don't do it! It also looks gorgeous in photography and really gives your face shape and features the much needed definition under the bright light of flash photography. I thought today I'd go through some of the products (and tools) I use to achieve the highly coveted look...

So to start off with my highlighting products I have one golden oldie and one fairly new product. I have used the Rose Gold Blush by Sleek for what seems like forever and it is honestly the most gorgeous blusher and highlight. Despite the small price tag this is seriously pigmented and makes my cheeks look like they have been sprinkled with fairy dust, and its also a super flattering shade of pink too; suitable for all seasons and very natural looking. I use this on the apples of my cheeks to really bring them to life on top of my Topshop Glow Pot which is a rather new addition to my collection, and by god don't I wish I had found this sooner. This is like pearls is liquid form its honestly so gorgeous. I use this on my cheeks, my brow bone, my nose and even my cupids bow. It's one of the only highlighters I can use that really shows up and gives my skin such a beautiful sheen. You only need the tiniest amount too!

To sculpt and contour my cheekbones I use my Clinique Chubby Sculpting Contour Stick and draw triangular shapes beneath my cheek bones and line the underneath of my jaw, temples and the sides of my nose. This product looks scary but I honestly swear that it isn't, and I find that it can give off a much more natural look than a powdered product which can be cakey or muddy looking at times. I normally use my Real Techniques Flat Contour Brush to buff the product in and diffuse any harsh lines. If I really want it to last the day though I'll sometimes go over it with a powder product; usually Benefit Hoola; the cream product underneath really helps to keep it in place!

If I'm rushed for time I normally just use highlight and contour in a powdered form as it is often much more straightforward to use and the one I've been reaching for recently is the Maybelline Master Sculpt . This is essentially a contour kit; although I'm not overly keen on the powdered highlight which isn't separate from the darker product. I normally use a Real Techniques Buffing Brush or Contour Brush from the Core Collection to do this as the smaller contour brush really fits right into the shape of my face whilst the other bigger brush helps to blur out any sharp lines and create a gorgeous natural look! The product is generally really good despite my dislike for the highlight and lasts for ages! Be careful not to overdo it though or it can make you look a little muddy!

Do you guys like to contour? What are your favourite products for doing the job?  

1 comment

  1. The Sleek Rose Gold blusher looks insanely good! For contouring I use my trustworthy Barry M Chisel Kit, it's seriously amazing, and for highlighting, my latest addiction - Mary Lou Manizer xx

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