Kat Von D Shade+Light Contour Palette Review and Demo
Not surprisingly I’ve searched high and low attempting to find a really great contour product. Up until now I have been using drugstore products for contouring, like the “Loreal True Match Stick” or using a matte bronzer from physicans formula. Which has worked out really well for me and I have been using those two products for contouring for the past year. For some random reason I decided I “needed” a contour kit. So low and behold one day in Sephora I came across the Kat Von D “Shade+Light” contour palette and decided to give it a go. Guess what? I am in love with this palette, it was worth every dollar! 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 warmed toned, which is perfect for most skins tones. The palette is very smooth and blend 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 definetly 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 a angled shader brush.
Contour is basic shading, accentuating the natural bone structures, not faking higher cheek bones or trying to look slimmer. Lets have a look see!
( Don’t mind my finger prints )
Right to Left – Top to Bottom: “Light“ Lucid , Lyric, Levitation. “Shade” Sombre. Shadowplay , Subconciouse
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.
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 cheek bones and once you have located your cheek bones 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, cheek bones, nose and jaw line; 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. Lets just stick with a simple contour and call it a day!
Here are some face charts on how to contour!