The Art of Contour

Contouring your face might seem like a tricky task to do or even something that takes up a lot more time than you want, but once you try it, you may realize it’s not as bad as you think.  I’d like to share a few kits that I think will make contouring easy and not such a drag.

Smashbox – Step-by-Step Contour Stick Trio

Smashbox - Contour Stick Trio

 When I first heard about these sticks, I was a bit skeptical on how easy or difficult they were to use, but I have to tell you, these are on the top of my list for a cream based contour product.  It applies smoothly while making it easy to manage how much you put on the areas of your face.  I personally like how you can travel with one, two or three of the sticks (includes: Contour, Bronze and Highlight). Click HERE to purchase.

Marc Jacobs Beauty – Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder

Marc Jacobs Beauty - Instamarc Contour Powder

The Instamarc contouring powder was a new addition this year to the popular beauty brand. If you’re looking to add a slight definition and highlight to your cheeks, this is the best product to use.  It’s lightweight and buildable for a more dramatic look. Although it’s a great product, I personally wouldn’t carry it around in my purse being that it’s such a large compact case. It comes in 3 various shades: Dream (Soft Pink / Medium Bronze), Mirage (Light Gold / Light Bronze) and Hi-Fi (Warm Peach / Deep Bronze). Click HERE to purchase.

CoverFX – Contour Kit

Cover FX - Contour Kit

CoverFX is a brand that I was recently introduced to when I went in to a Sephora boutique to try out a good cream base contour product. This compact includes 4 shades to highlight, contour and illuminate your face. As much as I instantly loved the product when it was applied to my face, I feel that this compact would be best for the gal who has a tad bit more experience with contouring and defining. Click HERE to purchase.


Contour - Tools

When contouring, you can’t forget an important factor…your blending tool! These two pieces are not only versatile but will help create that perfect defined look, whether intense or a soft contour. The Beauty Blender has become a favorite in almost every makeup artist’s kit along with your everyday user, such as myself. The blender is compact, easy to use and works every curve of your face. Click HERE to purchase. The next tool is Tarte Cosmetics – Slenderizer Bamboo Contouring Brush. This double-ended brush offers a slightly rounded end which creates the definition, while the angled side helps blend and smooth out the product. Click HERE to purchase.

 Sephora – Identify Your Face

Sephora Face Shapes

And speaking of our friends at Sephora, they have given us a step-by-step tutorial on their website on how to contour and highlight your face based on your shape.  I’ve gathered the 4 shapes and put them together in this photo to give you a quick “at a glance” on where to apply the product.  Click HERE to see the video from Sephora.


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