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Contouring Palettes: What Are They and Do You Need One?

04.8.14

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Blame Kim Kardashian. What was previously reserved for theatre, high fashion editorials, and drag queens, the skillful art of makeup highlighting and contouring became main stream with a simple Instagram photo.  In the midst of a major glam session with celebrity makeup artist Scott Barnes, Kim posted the below pic with the caption, “Wanna see how @scottbarnes68 contours?!”

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photo credit: Kim Kardashian’s Instagram

While men, makeup novices and children were frightened at the tiger-like streaks of makeup on her face, makeup aficionados’ curiosity peaked and thus began a multitude of diagrams, blog posts, and youtube tutorials outlining their version of the ‘Kim Kardsashian Kontour’ (sorry about that—I had to).  After all, her makeup looks are the most searched on the internet.

Realizing that the trend isn’t going anywhere, beauty retailers are cashing in and products specifically designed for contouring and highlighting are hitting the shelves. But is this a trend you should skip or jump on?

Let’s get to the highlights:

  1. What is conturing? Simply put, using a shade or two darker than your complexion you can contour your facial features to minimize areas you want to appear smaller. On the contrary, you can use a shade or two lighter than your complexion to highlight features you want to stand out. When put together, you can fake cheekbones, a nose job, a smaller forehead and more. The placement of the highlight and contour is crucial to pulling the look off. If you need a refresher,  Danielle covered highlighting and contouring in depth here.

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  1. What is a contour palette or kit? A contour palette or kit will have both your contour and highlight together in one kit. Some have just one color for the contour and one color for the highlight. Others, like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit featured below, have more than one shade of contour and highlight.
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Anastasia Contour Kit

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The top row are highlighters and the bottom row are used for contouring

  1. Do you need one? If contouring and highlighting is something you want to try for yourself, chances are you probably have what you need already. A bronzer and concealer will do the trick.  I like to use Guerlain Terrecotta Bronzing Powder in 08 and NARS Illuminating Concealer in Custard. But if you are little unsure of what to use, a contour palette might help. A palette with more than one highlight and contour color can allow you to mix your way to the perfect shades. Here’s a list of some contour palettes worth checking out:

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Whatever route you go, my best tip when it comes to highlighting and contouring is to blend, blend, and blend!! What do you like to use to highlight and contour?

 

 

 

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Color Block Your Clothes, Not Your Face: 4 Tips For Finding the Perfect Foundation Shade

21.6.14

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This was a post I did originally in 2012 for the Allure Beauty Blogger of the Year award, but it’s timeless information that I thought I’d share here! 

We’ve probably all been there. You think your foundation is the perfect match until you see yourself in a photograph and the different color face and neck combo jumps out at you like a ghost (pun intended).

Fret not. Faster than you can untag yourself in that photo, you can learn how to find the perfect foundation.

  • Know your skin’s undertones- Knowing is half the battle. Your undertone is the base color of your skin. Whether it’s warmer tones in yellow and olive or cooler colors in reds and pinks,  knowing your skin’s undertones is the first step in picking the right foundation. Tip:  Do you look better in gold or silver jewelry? Chances are if you look better in gold jewelry you’re warmer and if you look better in silver, you’re cooler.
  • Pick a few shades to start with- find 3 or 4 different shades that you think may match your complexion.
  • Color swatch- testing on your jaw, swatch (a test swipe of color) all shades next to each other.
  • View in different lights- this is an important step most people forget. While a foundation might look perfect in fluorescent department store lightings, outside is a different story. Go outside and look in a mirror at your swatches. The color that blends seamlessly in your skin is the winner!

Blend, blend, and blend some more- Even the perfect foundation shade can look mask if it’s not blended in properly. Using your fingers, sponge or brush, blend your foundation into your hairline and into your neck. There should be no visible signs of the foundation stopping or starting. My favorite blending tool? The Beauty Blender!

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LORAC PRO Palette 2: The Fall Makeup Palette You Will Want to Wear Now

17.6.14

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LORAC just released the PRO Palette 2, the sequel to the popular PRO Palette 1. It contains 8 matte and 8 shimmer colors (not to mention a Mini Behind the Scenes Eye Primer) that are clutch the pearls gorgeous. I’ve been playing with this versatile palette for the past week and it has quickly become my new favorite.  You can intermix the colors and textures to effortlessly go from day to night with vibrant colors and natural neutrals.

 

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The color payoff is great and for only $42 (available now at Ulta.com), it’s a steal. It’s the perfect palette for travel because you can create any look desired on the fly.

Get the look LORAC PRO Palette 2: The Fall Makeup Palette You Will Want to Wear Now

 

Full Disclosure: Some of the products in this post were provided by the manufacturer for consideration. For more information on my disclosure policy, please see my disclaimer page

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Multiple Sleep Interruptions Call For a Multitasking Makeup Product : NARS Matte Multiple

11.3.14

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Nothing makes you condense your morning routine better and faster than having a baby in the house. Take this past month for example. Rocco hit 8 months and for some unkown reason, sleeping through the night became a thing of the past and a distant, bitter sweet memory. I tried everything– putting him to bed earlier, later, giving him more food, less food, dream feeding (I thought that was done??), and Motrin before bed (probably more nights than I should have). Nothing worked. He would wake up around 2:30/3 AM and by the time he went back to sleep it was time to get up for work.

Needless to say, I got up later in the mornings and my 20 minute makeup routine was reduced to about 12. Looking for a brief ray of sunshine through a cloudy haze of exhaustion, I decided to purchase the new NARS Matte Multiple (in Laos) because makeup shopping is the only thing that makes me feel better.

Hello my new morning BFF!

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So if your not familiar with the NARS Multiples, $39, they are a multi-use product for the eyes, face and lips. The original line of Multiples were sheer with a hint of shimmer. Perfect for highlighting and a just a kiss of color.

Its cousin, the new Matte Multiple, packs more of a punch. While the size of the Matte Multiple is smaller, the product is super pigmented—thus needing less product. And the color is buildable so you can adjust how vibrant you want the color to be (see just one swipe below, in Laos):

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It’s easy to blend with fingers or a brush. For a sheerer look, apply wet.  Applied on lips, I suggest a coat of gloss, as it’s a little too matte for me.  The line comes in 8 shades and I want every single one.

But until then I’ll be happy with Laos. And 8 hours of sleep, please.

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