I don’t know about you, but I’ve noticed a marked increase in makeup looks on websites and blogs that showcase a chiselled, almost cover page look. I also realise that cheekbones seem to be quite in right now (hello Benedict Cumberbatch! ) I think they look great, in an editorial fashion, and I absolutely applaud their mad skills because I know mine are rudimentary at best.
However, I did start thinking about whether you, the everyday woman (or man), do this whole highlight and contour thing on a regular or even daily basis? Do you aim for that chiselled sharply sculpted look for your everyday look? Do you keep an arsenal of bronzers, contouring powders and highlighters for this purpose?
Do share, because I for sure don’t!
The only true contouring powder I own would be Chanel Notorious, which made waves last year. I was using it for a spell and then it just got to be too much trouble In fact, I couldn’t even find it for this photo, until I dug through the whole drawer LOL!
Ditto bronzers. The one and only true bronzer I own is the Guerlain Terra Inca one from a few years ago. It shattered one day when I dropped it (while practically brand new then!) and I sometimes still use it very lightly, it remains for the most part tucked away in the recesses of my blush drawer.
I know bronzers have other uses other than contouring, but I don’t really go for the bronzed all over look, and they are always touted as a face shaping product anyway. I have found another product that does a pretty good job as bronzer and a very subtle face shaper, and the best part is that it’s practically fool proof. I’ll share that soon but it’s also by Guerlain
That pretty much sums up my contouring powders. I barely use any and it is primarily because I have no idea how to use them without looking weird in person. You see, I realised that while contouring makes me look sculpted in photos, in person, it can look quite odd, and overly made up. I don’t know how Kim Kardashian does it, but then I’ve only ever seen her in photos so there you go!
As for highlighting, I have the odd highlighting powder which I sometimes use over blush. I dare not use too much because in our weather, you risk looking oily and there’s a fine line to tread between looking oily and needing a blot, and looking like the light is hitting the high planes of your face.
Do you contour and highlight with your makeup regularly or daily?
All in all, you could say that I don’t do the whole contour and highlight thing regularly or at all. I know it looks amazing on those who have mastered it, but I can’t do it. I can just about barely put on a good base and blush, much less mess about with reshaping my face