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?
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.
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.
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Last weekend I had the honor of being a bridesmaid in my good friend’s wedding. It was a beautiful day—the weather was perfect, the bride was drop dead gorgeous, and the reception was full of dancing and laughter. All the hard work and months of planning came down to a perfectly executed celebration of love.
Since this was my 5th go round as a bridesmaid, I knew to come prepared for the unexpected. The roll of the bridesmaid is to not only look fabulous, but to make sure the day goes smoothly. Just so happens as part of the bride’s gift to her bridesmaids, she gifted us the cutest monogramed makeup bag. It was big enough to hold all of my essentials, which I gladly filled for the day of the wedding.
Below are my 12 must have items every bridesmaid should have. There are more items that you will most likely want to add, like perfume, lipgloss, etc. But every single one of these items has come in handy for either myself, another bridesmaid, mother of the bride or the bride herself! The majority of the items are under 5 bucks, so this makes a great gift idea for a bride looking to give her best gals (or guys) a little something extra on her big day.
from l. to r.:
Conair Bobby Pins
Elnett Hairspray Travel Size
Static Guard Spray
Forever 21 Striped Lint Roller
Vaseline Coca Butter Lotion
Shout Wipe and Go
Clear Eyes Maximum Redness Relief
Singer Classic Sewing Kith in Storage Case
Dr. Scholl’s for Her Fast Foldable Flats
Downy Wrinkle Release
NYX Blotting Papers
Tell us, are there any must have items for a bridesmaid to have on wedding day? Respond below!
So I’m still #downfor30! I’ve had a couple of set backs (mainly lack of sleep=no time to do my hair), but I got right back on it and currently going strong. Stay tuned for a tutorial this week about how I tame my ringlets. The above photo was taken on a cloudy day and raining on and off while at a carnival, and I have to say, my curls held up pretty well.
The Voorhees Town Center Carnival is going on in Voorhees, NJ—great place to take the kiddies in the nice weather this week!
They had deep fried twinkles. I opted for the modest zeppoles (which they were out of), but somebody I know had the deep fried twinkie….
This same person also went on this ride with their step son and nearly threw up. Again. Not naming any names here.
Don’t mean to pop any one’s bubble……(or balloon…which he did)
Eyeing up his next thrill….
Said deep fried twinkie eater may or may not be in the above photo in a Puma sweatshirt. Again….not naming any names or fried food shaming here.