Contouring and highlighting for beginners

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Highlighting & Contouring is hugely popular at the moment thanks to Kim Kardashian who is a pro at this technique. I would just like to say that I am not a Makeup Artist but I do have a few hints and tips along with some of my favourite products  which I use for creating the highlighted/contoured look.

I’ll start with contouring, for those of you that don’t know contouring in simple terms is basically creating a shadow,for example creating the illusion of higher cheekbones or slimming down the nose. As I have quite a round face I personally like to use contouring to sculpt my cheekbones and slim down the face.

Contour Kit

There are lots of products on the market for contouring but I find the best are matte bronzers-No sparkle allowed! My favourites would have to be Diego Dalla Palma Tanning Cake or Benefit Hoola Bronzer. My skin ranges from NC20-NC41 depending on the time of year and I find that these products are the perfect shade to create a shadow without being too dark or looking mucky. I also have the Chanel Soleil Tan cream bronzer which is also lovely and would work well with someone with a lighter skin tone.

I apply my bronzer after my foundation and before my powder I like to use and angled brush either the BK04 by Crown Brush or a Mac 168. If I’m using a cream bronzer such as the Chanel I would use the Real Techniques Contour Brush. To create a contoured look I suck in my cheeks so that I can see the hollow of my cheeks and gently build up a shadow pushing the product back into my hairline so that there is a visible line.

I then take my Bobbi Brown blush brush and gently blend away the line and also apply bronzer to any other areas that the sun may naturally hit such as the top of the forehead. I then apply my powder to set my foundation and also blend away any harsh lines.

Some people like to contour their nose to give the illusion of a slimmer nose, if you’re wanting to do this I would recommend taking a fluffy blending brush such as the MAC 217 and gently running the bronzer either side of the bridge of your nose.

Contour using Diego Dalla Palma Bronzer

Contour using Diego Dalla Palma Bronzer

Highlighting

Highlighting is used to lift and brighten the face, there are various different products you can use to highlight and my favourites consist of using concealer,a highlighting pen and also a powder highlighter. Kimmy K has this one nailed and looks absolutely flawless however her technique is quite time consuming and involves a lot of blending which I certainly don’t have time for in the mornings.

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Kimmy K- Queen of contouring

My Highlighting Routine

To highlight I first of all like to apply concealer on my under eye area I do this using either my ring finger and gently tap to blend or using a Mac 188 brush. My favourite products for my under eye area are Bobbi Brown Corrector in Porcelain Peach, Mac Pro-longwear Concealer (NC20) & Mac Mineralise Concealer (NW30) to name a few. I will do a post on my favourite concealers later this week. I then apply a highlighter on the cheek bones, down the bridge of the nose,cupids bow and on the forehead fanned out as shown in my picture below. I like to use a highlighting pen such as Mac Prep +Prime Light Boost, Touche Éclat, Rimmel Wake Me Up (Soft Beige) or the Mac Lustre Drops which is a liquid highlighter and perfect for nights out. I blend all of this in with a real techniques buffing brush.

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To finish off I apply blusher to the apples of the cheeks and Mac Soft & Gentle Mineralise Skin Finish on the top of the cheekbones and down the centre of the nose.

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I know I don’t look quite as good as Kimmy K but this is simple way to create the highlighted/contoured look perfect for beginners who are wanting to have a go at contouring.

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Monday Morning Makeup

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Simple Monday Morning Makeup

Monday has arrived again and whilst the sun may be shining it still doesn’t change the fact that its Monday! We all go to bed on Sunday with the best intentions of starting a fresh  when we all know that when monday comes your gonna hit that snooze button and squeeze every last bit out the weekend. Which is usually followed by a mad dash to leave the house to get to work on time. Sound familar?

Being a girl this means that despite the Monday morning rush I still like to go into work looking presentable and not looking like i’ve just rocked up out of bed.

Here are my favourite products to beat the Monday morning blues and still make it into work on time.

Face

Estee Lauder Double Wear All Day Glow BB Cream (Intensity 2)

I love the creamy consistency of this, the coverage is sheer to medium and really brightens up my skin hiding the weekends sins! I apply this with a real techniques buffing brush which gives a quick flawless application.

Mac Pro-longwear Concealer

My go to concealer for every day- It does what is says on the tin!

Studio Fix Powder

Perfect for adding extra coverage and setting the BB cream especially if you do have oily/combination skin.

Diego Dalla Palma Special Tanning Cake

I love this bronzer for both contouring and an all over glow. The matte finish makes it perfect for contouring  and i’m surprised there is not more rave reviews on this product. You can pick up Diego Dalla Palma products from M&S beauty halls.

Mac Blush (Harmony)

A lot of people use this to contour but I find the its too light for contouring on my skin. This blusher is subtle but perfect for adding a hint of colour and a natural bronzed look.

Eyes & Brows

Chanel Le Volume Mascara

Combined with my Mac lash curler this mascara makes my lashes pop and my eyes look bigger and more awake.

Mac Brow Gel-Show off

I adore this gel! Its perfect for on the go and keeps my brows in tact all day without making them look stiff or clumpy unlike some of the other brow gels on the market. This product is massivley under rated in my opinion its one of my HG products.

Lips

Mac Creme De La Femme Lipstick

Lipstick can change your whole look! I love this berry coloured lipstick to brighten up my make up without being too over the top for work!

Mac Electro Lush Lipglass

This is the perfect match for my lipstick. A swipe of this and we’re good to go.

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Happy Monday Everyone

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