There are quite a few options when it comes to contouring, you can use cream or powder. There are variety of companies that have great contour products. In this blogpost I will be review the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette. My first impression of this palette is that it’s amazing. i have a round face, not so high cheekbones, so that means I need a great contour. I always used to contour with a bronzer ( a big mistake) and it did the job but it wasn’t the greatest job.
Right to Left – Top to Bottom: “Light“ Lucid, Lyric, Levitation. “Shade” Sombre. Shadowplay, Subconscious
This Palette comes with 3 Light shades and 3 Shade shades. The shades on this palette are more towards the neutral browns, not to cool or warm toned, which is perfect for most skins tones. The palette is very smooth and blends effortlessly. I use the light shade “Lucid as a setting powder for my concealer and foundation. This palette is a little bit on the pricey side but it is definitely worth it, it is $46. This does come with a separate brush that you do have to purchase, but I opted out because I already own an angled shader brush.
I mainly use the shades Lucid and Sombre, but on days where I want to deepen my contour I mix up Sombre and Shadowplay to give my face more depth. I use my Luxie angled brush to contour and blend. I start off with applying my Mac Concealer and Makeup Forever foundation. I never contour my face if I don’t apply my foundation first. As you can see my face is more to the round side and contour is a must for me. They now have refills for the palette, so if you don’t want all the shades you can just pick out one and your done.
A little tip on how to apply the contour the right way is taking a pencil or a makeup brush, and pressing it against your cheekbones and once you have located your cheekbones apply the contour from right next to your ears and until you reach the corner of your eyes. Then blend upwards and blend all around the face. I apply the contour on my forehead, cheekbones, nose and jawline; I don’t really apply contour on my nose but for the sake of this blog I wanted to demonstrate the difference when contouring.
And we are done. There isn’t a very drastic change, but just a little bit to warm my face up and give depth to my face as appose to having a white blank face.
Let take a look see on how contouring can go very wrong!
Remember, contouring is about accentuating the natural features on the face. I see some people get to carried away, creating and trying to make slimmer faces. Like this picture, the makeup artist clearly tried to slim down her face, which was a horrible disaster. Let’s just stick with a simple contour and call it a day!
What is your favorite contour palette and have you ever had a contouring mishap?