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?
Almost 14 months after Rocco’s arrival, I had my first overnight trip without him! My husband and I took a trip down to Atlantic City where we sampled wine and food at the annual AC Food and Wine Festival, had dinner at Martorano’s where we stuffed our faces with great food and after dinner cocktails, and then slept in past 6 (!) am in the Chelsea Hotel. We had a great time and it was long over due.
The pressure to up the sexiness was on for this monumental trip, so I relied on some of my favorite beauty products. Here are 5 of my must have products that are low on price and found easily in drugstores:
- Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs: This has to be one of the most underrated beauty products I’ve come across. I have a few shaving scars on my legs that I wanted to diminish and this is the product did the trick. Think of it as leg makeup—it comes in 4 shades and it’s your best friend if you even out your skin or get rid of pale winter legs in a pinch.
- Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick: A great way to easily add a pop of color on the go that doesn’t melt off in the heat
- Jergens Shea Beauty Oil: Forget the baby oil. This gives skin an amazing glow without the greasiness of other products.
- Vaseline Lip Therapy, Rosy Lips: For the low maintenance look of summer, this makes your lips super soft with a natural rosy hue.
- Burt’s Bees Cranberry & Pomegranate Sugar Scrub: Exfoliation is the most important step in glowing and soft skin. I love this Burt’s Bees scrub…it leaves skin baby soft and smoot—and it smells great.
I’ve grown to really appreciate (dare I say love???) my curls now,but my curl routine could still use some help. My previous routine consisted of wash, condition, and add mousse—which initially does produce shiny bouncy curls. Only problem is that by the end of the day, my hair looked dry and curls fell flat.
So after what seemed like a whole afternoon of youtube browsing, I came across the channel of SunKissAlba…a gorgeous girl with gorgeous hair and a fun personality. After viewing about 2 years worth of videos in a couple of hours, I was pumped to try her way of doing curls—add moisture, then moisture, and more moisture.
With my new curl information fresh in my mind, I headed off to Whole Foods, straight to the beauty section. After standing in front of the hair care aisle for a good 45 min…looking at all the products, comparing the products, picking up 5-putting back 2 (my normal beauty product shopping routine) I settled on 2 products. I decided on the Beautiful Curls line–it was fair trade, all natural, and contained Shea Butter (which I heard worked wonders on curly hair). I purchased the Curl Activating Leave In Conditioner and the Curl Activating Creme and tried them out that night.
Can we say best curls ever??? And without the use of gel, hairspray, or mousse. They were soft, defined and shiny—the holy grail of curl must haves. Compliments poured in the next day at work. Sold.
Here’s what I did:
- Applied the Curl Activating Leave In Conditioner in the shower
- After combing through the product once I got out the shower, I applied the Curl Activating Creme (I applied both rather generously)
- Towel dried hair with an old t-shirt (helps prevent frizz) and air dried the rest
- Once completely dry, I put my hair in a high bun to sleep
- Take down in the morning and you’re good to go!
Easy breezy. Style lasts for at least 3 days…any stragglers are touched up with a curling iron. I would definitely recommend this for thicker hair types—fine hair may find the products too heavy.
Any other recommendations??
Summer time is officially in full swing! Staying true to the spirit of the season, my hair’s gotten lighter and my skirts and shorts shorter. Last summer came and went so fast with a new born baby that just managing to get a shower was the closest thing to “sexy”. So naturally, I have a lot of making up to do!
I’ve got happy hours al fresco, food and wine festivals, and most importantly a week down the shore coming up in the next couple of months. Throw in impromptu trips to the pool, and I need to be hair free and smooth on the fly.
That’s why I find it easier to wax in the summer. And I’m big on DIY waxing and have done it myself for years. If waxing on your own makes you nervous, I’m a fan of Veet Ready-To-Use Wax Strips and love how easy they are. There’s no heating involved or messy wax to ruin your carpet. Just rub a strip between your hands for a few seconds to warm the wax and peel apart. Use them anywhere—like arms, legs, and bikini area. That’s it —just once a month and you’re ready for the pool party this weekend and ahead of the game for drinks on Wednesday (Center City Sips anyone??) in your LBD.
Has anyone else tried waxing at home?
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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Reckitt Benckiser via MODE Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Reckitt Benckiser.