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Cream contouring and highlighting on a budget | First Impression

Contouring and highlighting products can be found within lots of high end brands and their beauty lines. It’s only recently the drugstore have started coming out with their own versions, particularly regarding cream contouring. Contouring is simply giving structure and shape to your face and highlighting can be used to accentuate specific features of your complexion.

I’m going to show you a simple way to cream contour and highlight your face using affordable products, specifically this new Maybelline ‘Master Contour V-Shape Duo‘. This product is a cute little stick with a highlight shade and a contour shade. It comes in two colours and I picked up ’01 Light’.

Step 1- Map out specific areas you wish to contour and highlight.

Areas to contour – Turn the stick on the contour side and glide the product underneath the cheekbones to make them seem more pronounced, temples for a smaller forehead and on the jawline/ sides of the nose for a slimmer appearance. I love how the colour transferred onto the skin as its the perfect undertone for my complexion.

Areas to highlight – I applied the highlight to the tops of the cheekbones, down the centre of my nose and a little bit on the cupids bow. Just like the contour it is a good colour, but after blending it didn’t highlight those areas as much as I wanted them to, kind of blended into my skin and didn’t do anything.

Step 2 – Blend, blend, blend

I firstly blended the contour with the Real Techniques Sculpting brush, which is a dense angled contour brush and I loved the way this blended out the product as it doesn’t absorb too much product. Patting with your fingers works well too, which I did for the highlighting side. Make sure you always blend upwards as this is going to lift the features.

For finishing touches, use a powder contour and highlight product to set the creams into place. This technique isn’t something I would do everyday, but for a special occasion I may do some subtle contouring to enhance my features. In terms of the product I was trying out, I did like the way it blended and I loved the cool tone of the contour. However, I feel as though you do need to build up the product in order for it to show fully. In the future, I would build up the contour for more definition.The lasting power wasn’t too bad and when it did fade, it wasn’t patchy or uneven. I love the concept of having both the highlight and contour in this handy little stick, it would be perfect for travelling but I definitely prefer the contour and will be using that more frequently.

I paired this look with a bright red lip (L’Oreal Juliannes Pure Red), a subtle bronze smokey eye (Make up Revolution Fortune Favours the Brave) and a glowy base (Smashbox BB Water in Light Neutral)

Let me know how you get on with cream contouring and highlighting!

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