1 June 2015

- an outline representing or bounding the shape or form of something.
"she traced the contours of his face with her finger"

Seriously, the whole contouring has a lot of people jumping on the bandwagon. If you haven't yet tried it, I highly recommend that you do. Not only does contouring define your features after you have muted them with a base of foundation, it can make you appear to look younger. Think about it, that particular shade of brown powder or cream you're putting on your face, place that below your cheekbones, temples, sides of your nose, below the jawline and you already have a defined and put together face which has already lifted those features and to complete, dusting a light highlighter above the contour. Ta - dah.

There are many contour products out there that you can experiment with. Below I have noted the products that I think are great for achieving the defined look.

  • First up is Bourjois Bronzing Powder - this is a bronzer, however with the right tone of foundation and a light hand, you can get a subtle contour from this product. However you have to be careful not to over do it, otherwise it will look muddy, blending is your best friend with this product.

  • Clinique Contour Chubby Stick, this is a high end product, but it is worth it! It is a cream consistency, so it glides on like a dream. At first when you apply, it looks absolutely terrifying, but grab a flat top brush and stippling the product in, and it looks flawless. I wouldn't recommend buffing this product side to side, or in circles, only because you then lose the defined contour and it will simply look like a bronzed look. 

  • Sleek Contour Kit with blusher, this was my first ever contour product, I adored it at the time, however now, after experimenting with other products I am not so keen. The highlight is very poor and the contour does look very muddy and it isn't the easiest product to blend either. As for the blush, it is beautiful, but doesn't show up very much on my skin tone.

  • Lastly, a recent purchase is the Barry M Contour Kit. I wasn't keen on buying as I don't particular like Barry M, only for their Nail Polishes and the occasional lipstick however I wish I purchased this gem earlier. The packaging is okay, that is one thing I wouldn't mark high up for, I prefer products that are encased securely in plastic instead of cardboard as it can start to take a battering in my make up bag. As for the product itself, everything is a 5 out of 5. It comes with a highlighter and 2 brown shades, the middle one for bronzing up the face and the last shade, being the darkest is your contour. I thought this product might be an absolute nightmare to blend, but I am proved wrong, as it just blends into the skin so nicely. If you haven't yet purchased, go and do it.

Have you tried these products? Any contour product recommendations? 

Chels x

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