Showing posts with label contour. Show all posts
Showing posts with label contour. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 5, 2013



I honestly was never one to contour... and to be perfectly honest I didn't start wearing blush or bronzer until about 2 years ago -- and I'm 27! I just never really thought it was necessary because I really liked to put the focus on my eyes. Well I'm here to tell you ladies, contouring changes lives! Please click to enlarge.

You'll want to contour on top of liquid foundation -- powder foundation doesn't work well. After you have applied the foundation let it set, which usually takes a couple minutes. You can do your eye makeup in the mean time. Line A is where the contour should be -- in the hollows of your cheekbones, parallel to your jaw. The imaginary line is from the top of your ear to the corner of your mouth. If you have a round face then keep the contour high because the lower it is, the rounder your face will look. If you have a thin long face you will want it a little lower. Line B is where the contour should STOP. It will look very strange if you bring it in any farther. This line is at the corner of your eye.

Using a matte contour powder and a contouring brush (MAC 109), apply with the most amount of product near the hair line and fade as you go forward. I used a mixture of Benefit Hoola and MAC Harmony. I prefer using Harmony on its own, but it wasn't showing up enough on camera. Please note that this is a VERY strong contour for the sake of the tutorial and I typically would use a much lighter hand. It is difficult to see but I also took the contour onto the temples, top of the forehead, and on the jawline.

With your contouring brush blend the contour. It is very important NOT to blend the contour downwards. I'm not sure if this will make sense, but you want to blend it into itself, using small circular motions. If you have to blend upwards a little, that's ok. If you bring it too far down your cheek, use your foundation brush to clean up the line and blend again softly.

Apply blush to the cheek bones with whichever brush you feel comfortable. I used the MAC 168. You want it to sit on top of the contour and blend in with it. They should not look like two separate entities, nor should it look like one big blended mess. You want the contour color to gently blend into the blush color. If you have a round face do not apply the blush to the "apples" of your cheeks. This will make your face appear more round.

Apply highlight to the top of the cheek bones. Be careful with this step because using too much highlight or one with too much shimmer will make you look like a drag queen -- I LOVE me some queens by the way! Have you seen this season of RuPaul's Drag Race? I'm loving it!!! Anyway, one of my favorite products to use is MAC Vanilla pigment, and I apply it with my fingers. I feel like it goes with just about any look.



Cargo Foundation in F-20
MAC Harmony
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
MAC Vanilla Pigment
MAC Fleur Power Blush
MAC 109 Brush -- Contour
MAC 168 Brush -- Blush
Real Techniques Stippling Brush -- Foundation

MAC Naked Lunch
MAC Cork
MAC Vanilla
Almay Liquid Liner in Brown
Benefit They're Real Mascara

MAC Omega
Maybelline Brow Pencil in Blonde

MAC Politely Pink
MAC Cultured

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

MAC HARMONY: Best Contour for Fair Skin!

I purchased Harmony because I read that it made for a great contour on fair skin. I must say that it is very different using a blush to contour, but it gave me awesome results!

Harmony is a very pigmented rosy brownish color, as you can see in the swatches below. There are absolutely no orange tones in this blush which is why it is great for ladies with fair skin. I used a VERY light hand, and it gave the most beautiful subtle contour. Before trying Harmony, I would use Benefit's Hoola to contour. The texture of Hoola and Harmony is quite different. They are both matte but Harmony was more finely milled and less powdery. Typically a bronzer will be a bit more powdery than blush, so that was to be expected. You just have to change your technique when applying it. I used very little product on a MAC 109 and took my time blending.

A couple negatives: I don't think it would be good for overall bronzing, and I will continue to use my beloved Hoola for that. Also, the rosy color may make certain blushes look strange when paired with it.

To be honest I don't think contouring is practical for everyday, but it's great for special occasions or going out on the weekends. If you are in the market for a great matte contour color I would definitely recommend Harmony.

On a side note, I would like to tell all the fair/light skinned ladies out there that I would NOT recommend Tarte's Park Avenue Princess Matte Bronzer shown in the swatches below. It shows up INCREDIBLY orangey on my fair skin... but that's just my opinion :)
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