So, I’ve been hunting for contouring palettes since I discovered the wondrous difference they can make. For whatever reason, they’re almost impossible to find in Dublin, Ireland. This encouraged me to use what I already had in my beauty bag to create this sought-after look.
The base of a contoured look is using three different tones in patterns around the face; lightening the areas you wish to highlight and darkening those you’d rather distract from. To do this without a specific palette of creamy contour follow the below steps, it works just as well, in fact I find it creates a more natural finish while still disguising all your blemishes – sometimes a contoured look can be really obviously made up and not ideal for every day.
To start I moisturise (as you always should before applying make-up) with my go-to Simple rich moisturising cream – so affordable and a really good cream for sensitive skin! You can buy this in any Boots store, I also use their make-up remover wipes.
The first step is highlighting. For this I use Dior Skin Nude Tan. This is a slightly shimmering powder which comes in three skin tones and works beautifully under foundation. This compact comes with a little brush for application. I brush this underneath the eyes, across the apple of the cheek and in a thin line down the length of my nose and up in a sweeping tree branch motion across my forehead. Don’t worry about blending this thoroughly just yet, that can be done later.
Next, I use a darker foundation than my day-to-day look. Personally I always have two foundations, a very light one to wear on a daily basis as I have very fair skin and a darker tone for when I wear tan on a night out – nobody likes the obvious change in colour from neck to face. For this I use Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Liquid in Fawn. I spread this, using my fingers, down the sides of my face, down each side of my nose and sparingly up my cheekbones. Tip: suck in your cheeks like a fish to create the lines you should dab along.
Then, using your normal foundation, for me this is Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid in Ivory, start to apply across the entire face. I do this with my fingers and then thoroughly blend with a large fluffy brush to ensure there are no harsh lines.
As a finishing touch I lightly dab a highlighting eye cream underneath the eyes to cover any dark circles – foundation is not good for the sensitive skin under the eye area so do invest in a light cream specifically for this area. I swear by this Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream.
Recently I purchased a make-up setting spray from Urban Decay (see my previous post for a full review) and I already couldn’t live without it! It really holds make-up in place all day, there’s no slipping and sliding or creasing and it’s such a light spray it leaves you feeling fresh, almost as if you hadn’t put foundation on at all.
So, there you have it, an easy way to replicate a contoured look without blowing your budget on a hard to find palette – I had all of these products in my bag to begin with so spent nothing trying to copy the celebs on this trend!