Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Highlight & Contour Like A Pro

Highlighting and contouring is so hot right now! One look at how it can slim as well as sculpt a face and you'll never want to stop doing it. Typically reserved for celebrities, film and TV applications, this is a huge makeup trend that is here to stay. Thankfully with these favorite products featured in this Vine and below, every woman can accomplish what appears at first sight to be an extremely difficult task to replicate. Read on, friends.

Gleam Body Radiance, $15 - $40
Shop it here.
First off, Gleam Body Radiance by Melanie Mills is normally used all over the body. It's actually a body and face makeup that conceals, brightens and perfects. 

It comes in four colors: 
~ Light Gold
~ Rose Gold
~ Bronze Gold
~ Deep Gold

Shade Light Gold makes the best highlighter ever when mixed with foundation. To pull off this highlight like a pro, mix some into your liquid foundation and be sure to use a foundation which is at least two shades lighter than your normal color. You will love how the yellow conceals red in the face, too. I use this whenever I want to feel like a princess because the smell is so divine and angelic. It's one I can never forget as my foundation brush has never ever smelled so good.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, $30
Shop it here.
Typically when contouring, you'll want to use a matte bronzer just like the pros do.

Too Faced Cosmetics makes their matte bronzer in two shades: Milk Chocolate & Chocolate.

For lighter skin tones, Milk Chocolate works well for an understated contour. However, with that being said, my favorite that works on most everyone is the Chocolate shade. You are going to love that this bronzer is made with real cocoa powder and smells like the real deal Holyfield of chocolate. Cocoa powder is packed with antioxidants, so your skin will love you as well. 

My Sculpted Face by It Cosmetics, $38
Shop it here.
My Sculpted Face by It Cosmetics is quite handy.

Who doesn't love a palette assortment of color anyway? Seriously. Not only are these shadows waterproof, but they are also made with jojoba oil and Vitamin E. You can shop this palette online via their site or use the Ulta Beauty locator to see if your local store carries this line. While you're in Ulta Beauty for hours, be sure to feel the It Cosmetics makeup brushes. They are quite possibly the most luxe brushes ever made. I'm so obsessed that I could cuddle them like a teddy bear from the convenience of my bed. Don't wake me from this amazing dream.

The Sculptor by Tarte Cosmetics, $24
Shop it here.

Tarte Cosmetics just came out with this splendiferous contour pencil.

Made in the signature Park Ave Princess shade, The Sculptor Pencil is formulated with Vitamins C & E. It also features Amazonian clay which helps it to be very long-wearing.

TEMPTU Pro Concealer Wheel, $26
Shop it here.

This right here is the high definition concealer that ends all.

If you're taking a photo, you might want to try TEMPTU's silicone based concealer wheel. The silicone acts as a primer on the skin, diminishing pores and fine lines with its super smooth texture.

This wheel will also last you forever and the price point is very nice. It's a seriously great addition to anyone's makeup kit.

TANtalizer Duo by Lorac Cosmetics, $32
Travel Size, $12
Shop them here.

Lorac Cosmetics makes a duo highlighter and matte bronzer.

Ulta Beauty online also makes this duo in a
travel size as the original is quite large in size. Hey now. You're getting a ton of product for the price, though. We enjoy the healthy mirror size and even use the highlighter as an all-over one color eye shadow look when I need to get ready quickly. Throw on some mascara, minimal contouring and highlighting, a pop of color on the cheek and a bright lipstick and you'll look perfectly polished in really no time at all.

Just plain tired or droopy around the eye?
Try this!
Finally, we shall end this highlighting discussion with a splurge and a steal as my obsession with luminizing concealer pens runs deep. 

Normally these types are gel based and contain brighteners right in the formulation. I like the built-in applicator for easy touch ups, even though most times I paint them on and then use a foundation brush to blend anyway. For a pro application, paint these types on after you've foundationed and contoured. Don't forget to put a little on the outer eye at a 45 degree angle for a very lifted look. To your left, I've illustrated my little trick I use on those blah feeling days. I don't care if you're 20 or 80. This trick makes everyone look well rested and lifted.

YSL Touche Eclat, $41
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Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch, $7.99
Shop it here.

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