Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Cracking the Contour

If you'd have asked me last year how to contour, I would of run a mile and hid in a corner. Never having much of a face shape as a child, having chipmunk cheeks (my brother calls me Theodore for Alvin and the Chipmunks) and lacking the skills, contour was an area I avoided until I developed some cheekbones.

Moving on a year or so later with a slimmer face and some cheekbone definition, I first tried the Bourjois Bronzing Primer, which is a cream bronzer very similar to the Chanel Soleil Tan De and used the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush to apply it. With a cream it's easier to contour as there's precision in your application but the colour was just far too orange. It's great if you're tanned, come back off holiday and want to accentuate your tan, but if you're Casper like myself, I wouldn't recommend it.

The cream bronzer was a good start into the world of contour and before purchasing the mother of all contours, I thought I'd try my hand at a high street alternative, enter the Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit. For anyone new to contour or simply wanting to try before forking out a fortune, this is a great lower end alternative. It contains a cream coloured powder which is more of a highlight although it doesn't have much highlighting properties, two brown shades, one darker than the other but both slightly red toned. I personally have only got use out of the lighter shade and the highlighting powder as the deep bronze colour is too dark for me but it's definitely a product I'd recommend to those wanting to try their hand at chiseled cheeks.

Now, the mother of all contour, the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow. A champagne highlighter and a bronze powder together in the most swoon worthy packaging, CT you did good! This product is so versatile, the bronze can be used simply as a contour to emphasise the cheekbones or jaw, used as a bronzer to create a healthy glow and also added to the eyelids to create some definition. The highlighter can be used subtly to create a soft shimmer on tops of the cheeks or built up to a higher intensity for a really striking highlight. Together they create the most perfect contour to my face and teamed with the tapered Powder & Sculpt Brush, I can use it to both apply the contour and highlighter to the tops of my cheekbones with ease in minimal time. Who knew a chipmunk like me could have cheekbones...

Do you contour your face? What products do you use?
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