Unless you’ve been living under a makeup rock, it’s impossible to have missed the explosion in the contouring and highlighting trend. Partially due to a certain celebrity famous for the amount of yellow highlighter used on her face, this long-time trick of makeup artists everywhere is now available for everyone to try.
Almost every high-end brand has come out with some kind of specific contouring/highlighting duo or set, whether it be in powder or stick form. It would be lie to say I haven’t been tempted by one or several of the sets (*cough*Anastasia*cough*), but my skin tone is on the warmer side of things, so I’m fortunate that I can get away with more traditional bronzer shades as contour. Contour shades that are too cool-toned wouldn’t necessarily work on me, so it’s just as well that I have a fair amount of standalone products that do the trick just as well.
First up is my only bronzer that I have been faithfully using for around a year and a half now – The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in shade 03 Medium Matte. This is a good, decently priced bronzer that works for warming up the face and contouring for me. It’s great bang for your buck too, as I’ve been using it on a daily basis but haven’t hit pan yet. It’s definitely on the warmer side and a more traditional bronzer – I would definitely recommend this one as it comes in six different shades that would suit a variety of skin tones. Next up is the in-palette Tarte Park Avenue Princess bronzer, which as you can see in the swatches, is much darker and much cooler. A very light hand is needed with this one, as it doesn’t look very dark in the pan, so the first time I used it, it was like I had a chocolate bar painted across my face. The powder is very fine and lasts ages. I’d definitely recommend this one as well – just be careful how you use it! Fairer skin tones would definitely need a lot of blending.
In terms of highlighter, this is a product that for some reason, I’ve picked up loads of, but never use. I find that highlighter just isn’t really needed during the day, and I rarely go out at night – plus just the teeniest bit will do, so I probably have enough highlighter to last me the rest of my life. My absolute favourite of the bunch is my tiny sample of Benefit’s Watt’s Up, which is a champagne-toned cream stick highlighter. This works beautifully on the cheekbones and can work even as a cream eyeshadow. I don’t know if I’ll ever need to buy a full-sized version of this product! Another lovely one is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light, which can also be used as an all-over face powder to impart some glow, but in my opinion this one works the best as a subtle cheekbone highlight during the day.
A cult classic is of course, MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle, which is a pink, shimmering powder – really beautiful, but I find too glittery for my taste, especially during the day. I prefer using this one as an eyeshadow. Another fairly shimmery one is the Jelly Pong Pong Glow Glitter Luminizer Gel, which is an interesting liquid formula that dries quite quickly after blended. I haven’t tried it too much, as I got it in a Birchbox, but I think it’ll be another one I’d rather swipe and blend across the eyelids. The lightest of my highlighters is Tarte’s Champagne Pink, which is exactly as it sounds – a light pinky-champagne colour that isn’t too glittery and blends wonderfully on top of other powders on the face. Lastly, and the second most subtle, is the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in 01-Highlighter. This is a lovely champagne powder that can easily be used across the face during the day.
Did any of you get into the highlighting/contouring trend and which products are your favourite to achieve a sculpted face?
PS – Just discovered that Charlotte Tilbury is launching in Canada at Holt Renfrew at the end of the month !!! Some of her face products are currently on pre-order if anyone wants to check that out!