December 2, 2015

My First Contouring Attempt

Full disclosure upfront, I am not expert in the process of contouring. Please refer to YouTube for more expert advice on how to achieve this look. With that said, you've probably heard of the makeup trend sweeping the blogosphere/Instagram world - contouring. Stemming from the drag world (like many of these makeup trends...) contour is the act of using makeup to "contour" your face shape (i.e. slim your nose, define your cheekbones, etc).

I personally find this look can be a little too dramatic. I like my face shape and don't wear a lot of makeup on the regular so I haven't experimented with contouring. But try everything once, right? Pür sent me their Cameo Contour Stick to try. This "dual-ended contour stick adds closeup-worthy depth and dimension to your natural features with a creamy formula that sets to a picture-perfect powder finish. With use of natural, light-reflective ingredients that resemble microspheres, this 2-in-1 complexion innovation emphasizes your face’s natural highlights and shadows while simultaneously blurring the look of imperfections, such as dark spots and fine lines." It also comes with a blending sponge (much like a beautyblender®) which is much appreciated.

Before doing the contour steps, the handy instructions recommended applying foundation beforehand. So this is an almost full face minus concealer since the contour makeup would do that. I'm wearing my MAKE UP FOR EVER's Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation and the Lancôme's Hypnôse Drama Lengthening Mascara that you may recall from this post.

Kim looking like a fool // The high-quality sponge they include
There are 5 shades. I used Light. The dark end of the stick scared me as I've never put such a dark color on my face before... but I followed the handy visual instructions. Highlight: Center of the forehead, under the brow bone, down the bridge of the nose, under eye, around the bottom of lip, and center of chin. Contour: around the forehead hairline, sides of nose, under cheekbone, and jawline. Now there are many styles recommended for your face shape and what you're trying to highlight/contour. I have a round face and followed the instructions.

Is it a new Kim? lol. I don't think I went too dramatic with it because I'm not a professional makeup artist. Overall, I liked the "highlighting" parts under the eye. I've been simply applying it to just a small area under my eyes (read: bags) whereas this tool recommended covering more area which I liked the look of. I also appreciated that Pür makes it very easy and straightforward for a noob like myself. I'll keep this more for an evening/night out on the town look rather than day-to-day.

Would you give contouring a try? 

Disclosure: I received this item for review. All opinions expressed are my own. 

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