I used Alabaster in the inner corner, Himalia on the lid, Ursa Major in the crease, and Subra in the outer corner
The eyeshadow palette game is vicious and competitive. NARS set the bar high early this year with their new NARSissit Dual-Intensity eyeshadow palette. I’ve been eyeing the Dual-Intensity eyeshadows for some time, but couldn’t decide on what color to buy (I could just hear my husband saying something about saving money, blah, blah), so this palette was the perfect opportunity to test out 8 shades.
The cover of the palette is a mirror–such a simple idea, but brilliant.
from l. to r. Europa – Gossamer Pink Peach, Himalia -Shimmering Topaz, Ursa Major – Chocolate Glaze Subra – Black Orchid, Andromeda – Alabaster, Lysithea – Shark Grey, Giove – Navy, Sycorax – Black
The shadows can be used wet or dry. The lighter colors I wasn’t thrilled with at first until I used them with a wet brush. O.M.G. The pigment was absolutely amazing and the sheen was so pretty. The colors were easy to blend out as well.
It’s an amazing value for $79 (includes wet/dry brush).
I’ve been feeling somewhat blah lately. It could be post holiday blues, the ridiculously cold weather, a cranky toddler, or lack of sleep caused by the aforementioned cranky toddler. Whatever the cause is, I needed a solution to it ASAP.
Since makeup solves all world problems, I created a soft, warm makeup look using some new products I acquired recently.
P.S. I’m loving how my hair color is growing out! This is color I got done in July!
Here’s a list of the main products used here:
from l. to r.: Tom Ford Pink Dusk lipstick, Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal, MAC Cosmetics Warm Neutral Eyeshadow Palette, NARS Taos blush
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?!”
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:
- 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.
- 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.
Anastasia Contour Kit
The top row are highlighters and the bottom row are used for contouring
- 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:
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?
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!