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Beauty Workshop: Face Contouring

23 Nov

Contouring Diagram

One of my favorite sites, Beauty Banter, asked what new makeup tips or techniques we’re interested in. As a religious follower of this beauty blog,  my immediate reaction was face contouring! The concept has interested me for the past year, & while I know the basic tips & tricks of the concept, I’m dying to know more.

This sparked me to think back to when I first heard about face contouring last winter & how, at first thought, I figured I didn’t have the time on a daily basis to spend contouring my face (it just sounds so difficult, and somewhat painful). Luckily, I taught myself some quick & easy contouring looks that have totally changed the way I do my daily makeup routine, without hardly adding any additional time:

  1. My first piece of advice is to prime, prime, & prime after applying the usual moisturizer & SPF! I highly recommend Laura Mercier Foundation Primer (Sephora– $30.00).  The tube is gigantic, compared to most primers, & works wonders with a lesser amount than a cheaper brand. Priming your face will help keep makeup in-tact all day without the annoying & embarrassing smudges & smears. Purchase It!
  2. Concealer is incredibly useful when it comes to contouring when used for more areas than just under the eye: I prefer TEMPTU’s under-eye concealer (yes, even for more areas than just under my peepers) (Sephora– $28.00). Apply under the eyes, as usual, and also on the sides of your nose to make it appear thinner. Depending on your nose shape, you might want to try streaking the concealer straight down the top middle of your nose, instead of the sides. Making a “U” shape from under the eyes to down around the sides of your nose & back up is also suggested. Play with these three contouring suggestions to see what works best for your face. Purchase It!
  3. Next, I love to use a light foundation. Once again, I personally turn to Laura Mercier for her Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer & SPF 20, especially for this dry winter weather (Sephora– $42.00). The mixture is light & not at all cakey & it provides that extra amount of moisture that’s so important for healthy skin. Purchase It!
  4. I hate using to word “bronzer” for the contouring process, as you don’t want it to be too bronzed or shimmery. However, for the next step, I do use a bronzer that’s fairly close to my natural skin color (if you’re pale, try a mineral or powder makeup a few shades darker than your usual). I love the Hoola by Benefit Bronzer for contouring as it’s the perfect shade for my skin & is matte in color (Sephora– $28.00). Take your bronzer, or powder makeup, & apply to an angled brush. There are three great places to apply: Just below your cheekbones (fish-face it and swipe in the crease); in a half-moon shape right below your hairline on your forehead & at your jawline. Applying darker shades in these main places help keep your face looking slim & defined. Purchase It!
  5. Opposite to the bronzer, the next step requires a light hue and/or illuminator. Revlon makes a GREAT finishing power that I love to use for this step. It’s got just the right amount of shine. Revlon’s ColorStay Mineral Finishing Powder in Brighten (Walgreens- $14.00) should be applied right under brows, just under the “fish-faced” bronzer & on your forehead.  I use a small brush for the brows & a slightly larger angled brush for below the bronzer & a huge brush for a quick one-swipe on my forehead.
  6. Finally, I finish up with my usual beauty routine of blush, eyebrow gel, mascara & a lippy.

While the process seems daunting, it’s easy to figure out what works best for you with a few quick test-runs. You can streamline your contouring down to 3-5 minutes. Don’t feel like purchasing all the individual products I suggested? Try Smashbox’s Step-By-Step Contour Kit (Smashbox– $45.00). The trio palette provides a compact row of shades perfect for contouring. Purchase It!

 

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Gift Sets Aren’t Just For Giving…

27 Oct

…They’re for trying out new products for yourself too!

One of my favorite things about the holiday season are all the cute little gift sets that pop up, and not for gift-giving reasons.  Stores like Sephora carry some of the best sets that you shouldn’t give away! Beauty sets are a GREAT way to test a new product before committing to the real deal & can save you a lot of money (especially if you  don’t end up liking your gift set tester). Even better, some gift sets are coming full-sized but still remain a fraction of the price of the individual items. Since it seemingly gets earlier each year, stores are already displaying their gift sets for purchase! So far, some of my favorite buy-to-keep gift sets are:

Too Faced

Too Faced On The Prowl set is a four-piece set featuring a lippy, primer, kabuki brush (great for loose-powder/ mineral foundation & bronzer application) & their complexion kit with bronzer, blush & powder. Too Faced products are popular for their fun packaging but also have a great reputation for flawless application (Sephora- $26.00 with a $75.00 value). Purchase It!

Clinique

Clinique Fall In Love With Colour set offers a makeup bag, mascara, two lippies, makeup remover & eye palette. When you purchase Clinique, you know you’re getting amazing products that are all 100% allergy-tested. You could easily carry this whole set with you for on-the-go touch-ups (Sephora- $42.00 with an $83.00 value)! Purchase It!

LORAC

LORAC  Shimmer & Shine Collection is the ultimate form of girly with neutral but feminine colors. This set offers three eye shadows, eye primer, lip gloss, mascara & a cute black bag to keep it all in. LORAC’s eye primer is reason enough to treat yourself to this awesome set. It keeps eye makeup in tact all day and night without smearing or creasing (Sephora- $37.00 with a $117.00 value). Purchase It!

Dior

Dior made this lovely Miss Dior Cherie gift set that includes perfume, shower gel & moisturizer all in the famous Miss Dior scent. Again, it all comes in a cute little bag for convenience. I love testing new perfumes and having a ton available at any given time for any given mood so the idea of a perfume gift set is super enticing (Sephora- $83.00). Purchase It!

L'OCCITANE

L’OCCITANE Protecting Shea Butter Collection is the perfect set for the upcoming dry, winter weather. The set comes with lip balm, soap, shower cream, foot cream, & hand cream. L’OOCITANE products are sans a lot of bad chemicals & parabens so you can feel good about using them (Sephora- $36.00 with a $52.00 value)! Purchase It!

Now, don’t get me wrong, the holidays are definitely the time of giving, but when it comes to saving money on a new product you’re dying to try, I suggest seeing if you can purchase a gift set for yourself to have a few uses to try it out.

 

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