Sunday, 13 September 2015

The Contour & Highlight Edit

Contour and highlighting products

I thought I would blog 'edit' posts, sharing with you some of my favourite makeup products. Today is the turn of contour & highlighting products. Chiselled cheeks and shimmering cheekbones are always on my makeup agenda, so I have tried and tested a variety of products. If you want to take a sneak peek into my makeup stash and find out my current 'go to' contour & highlighting products, keep reading...

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 'Fair 01'
This concealer has been a firm staple in my makeup bag for many years. If you have fairly fair skin and are looking for a flawless looking base and a subtle under eye highlight this is the one for you. I like to apply this after foundation under my eyes, down my nose and a small amount on my forehead and chin, blending out with a buffing brush.

Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette
This is a recent addition to my makeup bag and I am obsessed with the highlight! The contour/bronze shade is slightly too orange for my skin tone, so I only apply a small amount of this under my cheekbones, however in my eyes the more shimmer on my cheekbones the better. The highlight is a stunning champagne shade which catches the light beautifully.

Nars Laguna Bronzer
As you can tell from the photo above, my Nars Laguna bronzer is very well loved. This bronzer is the perfect shade for me and with just a small amount of shimmer to the feature it allows you to create a natural shadow under the cheekbones. I also like to take this product onto my temples and blend a small amount down the sides of my nose. 

House of GlamDolls 'GlamBase Wheel'
If you are a fan of cream based contour products, this one is for you. I love to use this when I am going for a more dramatic contour, applying the darkest shade and blending out with a buffing brush and the ashy toned contour shade in the wheel is perfect for paler skin tones and day to day contouring. I then tend to go in with a powder bronzer to set everything into place, however the lasting power of this product is like no other cream contour I have tried.

Maybelline Master Sculpt
This is another new addition to my makeup stash and if you are looking for a very subtle contour this is the product for you! The contour powder blends out beautifully and the highlight powder is fab if you are not a fan of a shimmer highlight and again want to create more of a natural, subtle look. A secret addition to this duo is a small makeup brush and mirror hidden below the powders, making this super practical for travellers.

Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick
If you have your eyes on the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, cast your eyes on the highstreet/drugstore dupe. This has been a fav highlighter of mine for a while and the rose tinted shimmer is, in my opinion, the perfect shade to create a glam glowing finish on the tops of the cheekbones. Another great thing about this product is the shimmer is buildable, meaning you can add as much glow as you wish. 

The Brushes
Finally, I thought I would share with you my top brushes for contour & highlighting. My all time favourite has to be the Illamasqua highlighter brush. The small size of this brush allows you to chisel your cheek bones and it blends powder products out beautifully. The Real Techniques Buffing Brush (which I forgot to add to the photo - whoops!!) is a great brush for cream contour products. Finally the Zoeva 110 Face Shape brush is great for highlighting. The density of the brush allows you to press powder highlighters onto the cheekbones and the small size allows for precision, helping to avoid going too wild and crazy, adding highlighter just where you need it - on the tops of your cheekbones and on the brow bone.

I would love to hear what your favourite products are for contour & highlighting, so let me know in the comments below.

Sam x

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