I’ve been watching - read binge watching - Youtube videos about make up for almost two years now. It has become a guilty pleasure in my life because it takes my mind of things. There is nothing so relaxing as hearing someone reviewing make up, at least for me.
Contouring and highlighting has been a big trend for a few years and I wanted to try it as well. A lot of Youtubers were so hyped up about the ‘Filmstar Bronze & Glow’ palette by Charlotte Tilbury. It took me a while to make the purchase because it’s quite expensive. I've never regretted my purchase from the moment my package arrived: it contains a lot of product and I use it a lot (the rose gold packaging also has something to do with it ;) ). It costs around 65 euros. You can make the purchase in Belgium on bijenkorf.nl or buy it on beautylish and ship it (make sure you check the custom charges).
What is contouring and highlighting? If you're a make up addict, you can skip this part ;). Contouring means creating a shadow and therefore enhancing a shape on your face. It is mostly used to create the illusion that your cheekbones and jawline are more prominent and your forehead and nose smaller. I use it on the cheekbones and forehead. For example, if you already have a small forehead, you don't have to contour it. Highlighting is used on parts of the face where the sun naturally hits. If you use it on these areas, it will look as if you're glowing from within, who doesn't want that?!
I've tried a lot of bronzers but since I'm so fair, a lot of them look straight orange on me. Below you can see swatches of the highlight (left) and the contour schade (right). A contour shade should always be more grey toned than a bronzer because you want to create a shadow effect. A bronzer can be a warmer shade (not for me because I'm a snowlake, so I use this sculpting shade as a bronzer too).
I dip my contouring brush from Primark into the sculpting shade and tap the excess off the brush. Then I sweep my brush along the hollows of my cheek (this is the line you can see if you suck your cheeks together). To bronze up my face I use the Blush Brush from Real Techniques and apply the product as the shape of a (turned) 3 (so forehead is the upper part of the 3 cheek the middle part and the bottom is the jawline)
I've been using the sculpting shade a lot as you can see in the picture (normally it has the word sculpt in it). A contour shade preferably is matte but this one has a sheen to it. If you want to try out a contour shade that is matte, I highly suggest The Sculpting Powder from Kevin Aucoin or Hoola Bronzer from Benefit (which is quite grey toned for being a bronzer).
I hope this review was helpful,
Talk to you soon,