So many contouring products have landed on my desk in the past few weeks, so I wanted to show them in action. Get varying degrees of cheekbones — from a weekend look to super chiseled cheeks — with some of my favourite products of late.
Degree #1: I Woke Up Like Dis. ***Flawless
Product: MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Blush in 335 Fawn
Price & Availability: $31 at Sephora
Tools: Angled blush brush or fingers
Level of Difficulty: Beginner
A cream-to-powder formula is probably the easiest to work with when it comes to contouring, and this one by MAKE UP FOR EVER is the best I’ve tried in the recent years. It really is undetectable on the skin. 335 Fawn is a rosy brown colour, similar to the brown powder blush by the brand that I wore here. This new formula is highly blendable using either a brush or fingers, and is pigmented enough after one swipe. I’d even pair it with another shade from the MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Blush line on the apples of the cheeks for a youthful look. This one is great for sleepy weekends or “no makeup” makeup days. Say you woke up like dis… flawless, and no one will be the wiser.
Wearing MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Blush in 335 Fawn
Degree #2: Supermodel Off-Duty
Product: NARS Contour Blush in Paloma
Price & Availability: $46 at Sephora, NARS counters (The Bay and Holt Renfrew), narscosmetics.com
Tools: Angled blush brush
Level of Difficulty: Beginner
NARS is famous for their powder blushes, and the latest to join the NARS blush army is the Contour Blush. Each Contour Blush contain a highlight and a shading powder: Olympia (Ivory/Rose), Paloma (Pink beige/Deep rose), Gienah (Honey/Amber). NARS even has a tutorial on how to use them:
Because these are colour-coordinated, it really takes the guess work out of contouring. Using the techniques in the video, I was able to create a polished look that’s not harsh. The rosy brown contouring powder complements my medium skin nicely. Here I’m wearing it with NARS Blush in Love on the apples of my cheeks. The dark shade is matte, but not dry nor powdery. It just glides and blends with so much ease. I also love the luminosity of the highlighting shade without being shimmery. It even minimizes the look of pores when I swipe it down the bridge of my nose. It seems expensive at first glance, but there is so much product in this compact. There are 2.7 g highlight + 5.5 g shader = 8.2 g vs. 4.8 g in a NARS powder blush. The thing I love most about the NARS Contour Blush is that the results are noticeable, but it doesn’t look like you tried. Totally understated like a supermodel off-duty.
Wearing NARS Contour Blush in Paloma
Degree #3: Cumberbatch
Product: Giorgio Armani Sheer Bronzer in #1
Price & Availability: $56 at Holt Renfrew, Saks Fifth Avenue, House of Fraser
Tools: Angled blush brush and fluffy eyeshadow crease brush
Level of Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate
Are you ready for some serious cheekbones that can slice apples? BTW, thanks Xiao for the best description in life for chiseled cheeks. This isn’t an excuse to scour the Internet for photos of Benedict Cumberbatch. Except it is.
I bought this a couple of weeks ago at the Giorgio Armani counter after the sales associate sit me down for a makeover. Immediately after applying this on my cheeks, I decided that I had to have it. My previous go-to product for contouring — Chanel Notorious — has been de-throned. While I still love Notorious’ shadowy hue, it’s not the best choice for sleepy, early mornings (takes too long to layer/blend). Giorgio Armani #1, on the other hand, is quick and amazing. A couple swipes on the hollows of my cheeks creates cheek definition so fierce that I can’t stop there. I apply this on the sides of my temples, underneath my jaw line, in the crease of my eyes (especially in the inner crease), and down the sides of my nose. Here I paired it with MAC Blush in Supernatural and MAC Mineralized Skinfinish in Lightsweep on the cheeks. So much cheekbones I can’t even!
Wearing Giorgio Armani Sheer Bronzer #1
Do you contour your face on an everyday basis? What’s your go-to contouring product? Cream or powder?