How To Sculpt Your Face with MAC Pro Sculpting Creams

Wearing MAC Pro Sculpting Creams (and Smizing So Hard!)

I love makeup’s incredible power to transform a face. Anyone can get the appearance of a great facial bone structure with the right tools and sculpting products. I’ve been playing around with the new, limited editionΒ MAC Pro Sculpting CreamsΒ (each $24 CDN / $20 US) from the Face and Body Collection so today I will show you how I use them to sculpt my face.

MAC Coffee Walnut (top), Pure Sculpture (bottom) Pro Sculpting Creams

Coffee Walnut is described as deep, dirty cool brown. It is dark and takes on a slight green tinge. Pure Sculpture is a neutral, pink beige. It is a tad darker than my skin tone (I think I am MAC NC40 – NC42, or NARS Barcelona), and is warm-toned. When used separately, these do not create the look of natural shadows on my face. Coffee Walnut is deep enough but it is too green; Pure Sculpture is not deep enough and is too orange. When used together, ahhh, this product is just right.

MAC Coffee Walnut, Pure Sculpture Pro Sculpting Creams Swatches

Let’s start with a face with foundation and concealer (and brows, lashes, lips). Don’t powder yet. Because these are creams, they blend better underneath powder products.

  1. I like to use my fingers as I have a lot of control over them. I start with Pure Sculpture and place them under my cheekbones, on temples, eyelids and jawline.
  2. Intensify the same areas shadows with Coffee Walnut. I like to place more on the areas that would normally get the most shadows: under the cheekbones right by my ears, and my nose right below my eyebrows.
  3. Blend out the large areas with a dense goat hair brush like Royal & Langnickel Complexion C185. With the right brush it is easy to blend out the products.
  4. Soften the shadows on the smaller areas (nose and eyes) with a fluffy blending brush like the MAC 217.
  5. Powder all over and smile! πŸ™‚

Before and After Contouring

This is a natural sculpted effect that’s great to fake a no makeup look. For a stronger contoured effect — for example, if you ever want to attempt Benedict Cumberbatch or Messy Wands caliber cheekbones, you’d do more.

Benedict Cumberbatch / Xiao of Messy Wands
(both owners of great cheekbones and so beautiful that I want to punch myself)

Build the darker shades and then add highlight to the higher planes of the face: cheeks, centre of forehead, brow bones, centre of nose, above the cupid’s bow, and chin.

Wearing MAC Pro Sculpting Creams

Wearing MAC Pro Sculpting Creams

Do you contour or sculpt your face with makeup? Let me know your favourite products! Besides these, I am loving my MAKE UP FOR EVER Sculpting Kit #2 that I got from NYC. πŸ™‚

FULL DISCLOSURE: This entry contains a sample product(s) sent by PR or the manufacturer for consideration only. For information on my posting policy, please see my Disclaimer.
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  • I love this post for so many reasons! I might steal that picture and frame it, btw

    • Thanks for inspiring the post, Wands (and Benedict). πŸ˜€

  • So fresh and pretty! Love a natural sculpted face, as ironic as it sounds. When you play with the face’s natural contours. Spoils it when contour products aren’t blended enough and take over the entire look. I love Make Up For Ever, sculpting kit, MAC Sculpt powder, and Laura Mercier’s Contour creme.:)

    • Thank you Merry. πŸ™‚ I like it, too. Such a professional and polished look.

  • The finished affect is gorgeous. Contouring really does such wonders!

    • Thanks Alison M. πŸ™‚

  • jess

    excellent timing! i just picked up coffee walnut (i have a similar skintone to you, usually NC35-40). I figure I’d blend one of my powder bronzers to make it slightly warmer, but overall i’m pretty happy with the color. i love the natural contour it gives. thanks for the tutorial!

    • Good idea Jess! Setting it with a warmer bronzer is genius. πŸ™‚ You’re welcome.

  • Sculpting my cheeks – something I’ve never thought of doing! @theGlitterGeek shows you how here:

  • I was into sculpting briefly but I think the issue is the shade I have – it looks good on it’s own, but as soon as I add any more products at all, it looks overdone. I want to check these out! Or perhaps the MUFE version, as I’m a huge fan of the brand overall. Honestly Arianne, you have pretty darn good contours yourself already, you hardly need this at all!

    • Thanks Toya. The MUFE one is really hard to overdo. It is really user friendly (but the brush, too, makes a huge difference). I didn’t used to contour much because I didn’t have a dense + stiff enough brush, but now I found the perfect brush. πŸ™‚ Good luck.

  • I love how natural your contouring is. So beautiful! You’re definitely right, it looks like a “no makeup” look.
    I’m really prone to break outs so even though I love how creams look, I personally use powders to contour. I just use a regular pressed face powder in a dark shade.

    • Thanks Catherine. A pressed powder in a darker shade works great, too! I know some makeup artists keep these in their kits for that reason.

  • Shmexxxy! Love it!

    • Thank you Tracy. πŸ™‚ You shmexxxy thing.

  • Ah, together! That’s the ticket! When I first saw swatches of these, I definitely thought “am not green. or orange. problem?”

    Amazing post, Geeks!

    • Yeah, Larie. They are pro products so I thought immediately that they were meant to work mixed together. πŸ™‚

  • Oh my gosh, I absolutely love this! You look so naturally sculpted! Now, if only I could contour the entire rest of my body, hah!

    • Thanks Mimi! I know right? I would contour the heck out of my boobs. LOL

  • your skin is so perfect <3

    • Thank you Kelly. πŸ˜€

  • So happy to have found your blog! I’m a late-bloomer when it comes to makeup, so I’m enjoying going through your posts. πŸ™‚ I love this contouring–you are such a natural beauty! πŸ™‚ Can you tell me what gloss/lipstick you’re wearing in this? Thx!

    • Thank you Rachelle. πŸ™‚ Welcome!

      I am wearing Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Sunbaked mixed with Le Metier de Beaute Lip Creme in Creme Caramel. It’s my current favourite lip combo.

  • I am too lazy to contour most days, but you and Xiao do look stunning πŸ™‚

    • Sometimes I just contour and no blush. πŸ™‚ Same amount of time, Sarah S.

  • I’m so afraid of cream products, great info though! Oh and Benedict, thanks for Benedict! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Emily! These are sheer and buildable to it’s hard to make a mistake with them. πŸ™‚

  • Omygosh, I got a giggle fit seeing Benedict and Xiao next to each other. Xiao does have amazing cheekbones!

    What a great guide Arianne!

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  • Seriously.. Thank you for this post! So helpful and it’s nice to see the subtle difference these creams give to the face.. =)

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  • Your contouring looks so natural! The only other time I’ve encountered such a technique was when I was watching a BeautyQQ video on YT but she used different shades of foundation instead.

    • Hi Beauty Box! Yes, you can definitely use several shades of foundations for this contouring technique. πŸ™‚

  • Kristi C. (@lov2read68)

    I’ve been intimidated by contouring. I think I just need to take some time to play. Your pictures show clearly where to place the color though. I love your after pic – still natural but better!
    I agree with you – Xiao has stunning cheekbones!

    • Glad you found it helpful, Kristi C. πŸ™‚ Good luck!

  • Great how-to on sculpting your face (ie: emphasizing your bone structure):

  • Benedict Cumberbatch AND Messywands? Sexy!

    I really like the look of these. The finish is so clean, somehow. Loving the before and after shot. You can really see how this adds so much definition to your face. I love contouring but I think its often overlooked because people don’t realise the difference it makes.

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  • I wish I could get pure sculpture. The one avail now is so light! This is a fabulous tutorial and your just gorgeous. What else are you wearing on your skin, it’s so glowy!! Xiao is so gorgeous .. Xx

    • Thanks @Mylucitedreams:disqus! You are so sweet. πŸ™‚

      The glow is probably from my foundations. πŸ™‚ My base lately has been a mix of Giorgio Armani Maestro and MAKE UP FOR EVER Face & Body. Under the eyes I wear MAC Pro Longwear concealer, then MAC Prep+Prime Highlighter in Bright Forecast.

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