C O N T O U R I N G & H I G H L I G H T I N G
2014, was the year that I discovered both contouring and highlighting, as a separate entity.
2014 was not the first year that I had contoured previously I had picked up my first contour colours being Nars Laguna that I bought almost 3 years ago, then in 2014, I picked up Hoola, there have been many other contour shades along the way, NYX, Bare Minerals, Wet & Wild, Sleek Makeup, etc. Hoola from Benefit has stolen my heart and is my favourite contour colour that i have ever experienced, it’s the perfect contour, ash undertoned colour that delivers a shadow under the cheek bones creating definition and pretending that I don’t have one of the roundest faces in the worlds history.
2014 was the first year that I discovered the incredibly flattering art of highlighting the apples of the cheeks, tops of the forehead, cupids bow and down the bridge of my nose. My first ever highlighting product was High Beam from Benefit, a liquid highlighter with a pearly finish that is easy to blend and pretty full proof, things spiralled quickly out from the there expanding into MAC, too faced, NYX, sleek makeup, wet & wild and various other brands both high end and cheaper. I have fallen deeply in love with highlighting my cheeks, generally with a champagne colour, steering away from the pinker shades because I have pink undertones, and mixing in the occasional bronze shade.
The overall meaning of this blog post is to acknowledge that 2015 will forever be know in the beauty community as the year of the highlight & contour kit. Anastasia Beverly Hills, I am looking at you as the culprit. Personally I own, the Australis Contour kit, Sleek Contour kit, Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette, and the year has barely begun! I have the Anastasia Contour Kit, Smashbox contour kit and mostly the Kat Von D contour kit on my wish list! So watch these cheekbones, they’re upping their game!
Here are some photos of my new Australis Contour Kit – which is featured on my Instagram @faceofsjw.
Sorry about poor swatching, the highlight shades are around the same colour as my natural skin tone, so fake tan could’ve helped this situation!