Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Highlight & Contour.


There was a time when highlighters and contours were absolutely no part of my make-up routine. I just thought they were too fussy, timewasting and what difference would they really make anyway? But having quite a round face and being referred to as "chubby cheeks" by family members for most of my life, highlights and contours make all the difference for me. And especially having oily skin that I have to use a powder on, it's nice injecting a bit of a glow back into my skin, as well as trying to thin things down with a contour too.

My absolute favourite highlight is the No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter Stick, I've used this so often since buying it a few months ago. It's a cream highlight that's so easy to pop on wherever the light would hit, and you can blend with your fingers or a brush in a matter of seconds. I pop this underneath my powder and it leaves a gorgeous glow all day. If I forget to use this before my powder which happens more than I'd care to admit, I have the Sleek Contour Kit on hand which I use the highlight from in exactly the same place. Being powder I don't find this happens quite as long, but it's great coming in a handy little compact with a contour shade too. I have this in 'light' which is perfect for my pale skin tone, the contour isn't at all orange or muddy looking, and it blends pretty well considering the price too.

Urban Decay's Naked Flushed Palette is similar, although I do find this getting neglected once my extremely light summer tan has faded. The highlight is a really pretty champagne shade but is probably a tad too dark to look natural on me, but the bronzer is spot on, I just prefer to use a contour once September is here. Bourjois Java Rice Powder is one of my favourites for adding an all over glow to the skin whilst keeping all your make-up in tact; I'd much rather have dewy looking skin than matte, so this is great for adding a bit of light back in. If you're not really a heavy contour fan, light, natural looking blushers are fantastic for sculpting your face whilst adding a bit of colour. On my pale skin I can use a pretty pink blush with a slight brown undertone (No7 Honey pictured) to add a bit of definition around my cheeks, but it looks really natural if you're a bit wary of deepers contour shades.

What are your favourite highlight and contour products?




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18 comments

  1. Umm I haven't found a perfect contour product yet although I've heard of the Sleek one. I normally use Body Shop honey bronzer or my Guerlain Terracotta Nerolia. And for highlighter - TheBalm Mary Loumanizer and a couple chanel ones that I rotate :)

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  2. Mademoiselle Lala09:46

    I loved this post! This year is the discovery of contouring for me and I slowly learn all the best tricks. You know that I've just posted about this No 7 highlighter (and that I also got a bronzer) recently and I forgot to say in the post that you were 100% behind my purchase - I saw it mentioned on your blog and I had to have it! :) X

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  3. This is a great post, I am a complete novice at contouring cos like you I've always wondered what a difference it would really make, but love a good highlighter and have been recently looking for products that do both, so this has helped me out a bit :) xx


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  4. Yes, yes, yes to highlight & contour! I'm "blessed" in the chubby cheek department so I love a little bit of contouring to add some more definition to my face x

    Charlotte / coloursandcarousels

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  5. Ooh, amazing picks! That No7 highlighter stick looks beautiful! My favourite contour shade is the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium :)

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  6. smith20:18

    It is true that Highlighting & contouring helps define the face and add more dimension. However, I don't like always to use highlight and contour in makeup. Angela smith - Hairdressers Sheffield

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  7. I could never really get into highlighters up until this summer, but thank's to The Balm's Mary Lou-manizer i am fully converted. Although it's not the most subtle, it's sooo beautiful and can't imagine liking any other one more!


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  8. The urban decay flushed palette looks gorgeous!

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  9. jasmine turner14:15

    The naked flushed palette is one of my faves, i love all the shades in there!

    xprincessjas | x

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  10. It's gorgeous, isn't it?! I was quite tempted to get one with the new blush shade but it probably wouldn't get enough use.

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  11. It is really lovely :)

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  12. Aaah, I definitely need to pick that up, I hear such wonderful things about it.

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  13. I really want to get that too, it's just a little pricey for my budget atm!

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  14. Haha, aww bless you. At least we have make-up to help us out!

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  15. Thanks! Aww that's great, I definitely need to get the bronzer too!

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  16. I need to get theBalm highlighter, I always hear such good things about it.

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  17. This is such a lovely post! A few new goodies to try. I also love the Bourjois Java Rice Powder and more recently I have been experimenting with my Too Faced Bronzing Wardrobe thingy and my new fave highlighter, Burberry Gold Glow.

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