Hello everyone! Welcome back to my #Bestof2018 favourite products run down!
Today I am going into my best and favourite contour products of 2018.
Contouring is all about creating new shadows onto your face to emphasize the structure of your face (or body). Contour mostly is used to emphasize cheekbones by tracing the hollows of your cheeks, or to give a little more definition to your jawline – when you add the hint of shadow to your face, it optically pushes that part back. It can be used with either a matte or shimmery highlight placed next to it to reinforce the natural contours of your face (get it? 😂), and this can be a useful technique when you’re going on camera.
Contour can be tricky though because when it’s done right, it can look really beautiful, but as soon as you can see it and clock it on someone, unless you were deliberately going for that kind of look, it can look harsh and *really like you’re wearing a lot of makeup unnecessarily* (unless that’s the look you’re going for). For me, I aim to keep it minimal and natural most of the time, but if I’m going to a drag party then I will make it quite obvious and deliberate.
So let me get into my favourite products!
Sadly, my best/favourite contouring powder was Marc Jacobs #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder in 40 Mirage Filter. I say “sadly” because I believe this product has been pulled from Marc Jacobs’s range and is now unavailable, however this is the powder I use every. single. time.
A possible comparable product could be the Wet N Wild split pan contouring compact, however I haven’t tried it myself yet. I am going to look into new contour powders over 2019 to expand my repertoire though.
For cream contours I have two best products for my skin tone: the first is
Smashbox Contour And Highlight Stick Singles – the contour shade
This one can look intimidating to use at first because you are literally drawing a line on your face when you apply it, however I swear, it does blend out easily and completely into a light shadow with no trace of that line, as long as you take a minute to blend it out. It blends out with either a brush or a sponge.
The only downside to this product is that this is the only shade available, so it likely will only work for light to medium skin tones. It would be amazing if they released more colours so that everyone can try it.
You can buy this as a single rather than a 3 set with bronzer and highlight here (because the other two are just not as good #sorrynotsorry: *https://go.magik.ly/ml/ji02/*
The second contour product I have loved this year is
Kevyn Aucoin The Liquid Contour Wand in Light
I love this wand – it’s super easy to literally paint the contour onto your face and easy to blend out into a very natural contour. The product inside is very liquid, unlike a lot of other liquid/pen/wand products, so you do need to be a little careful not to click too much product out, but it’s otherwise easy to work with, blends out with either a sponge or brush, and can be layered if you wanted to make it stronger.
Two downsides to this product:
1 – it’s a bit expensive, so it’s completely up to you to decide if you would want to spend approx. £40 on something like this when you can spend the same amount on a diverse contour palette like the ABH contour palettes for a similar price.
2 – there are only 3 shades available and, aside from not going to work on deeper skin tones, the light one that I use sometimes is too cool toned for some fairer people like me.
Definitely try it in store before considering buying, but I will be buying it again when mine runs out and will likely also get the medium one this year.
If you decide you want it, go get it here: *https://go.magik.ly/ml/ji0g/*
Aaaaaaand over to you! Do you contour? What products do you like to use? Do you have any questions about it?
Next up: blush! 😁