I have some new (and old!) favourite contouring products that I’d love to share 🙂 High end to drugstore, powder to cream – I’ve got you covered 😉
Hello, everyone. Welcome back. Today, we're going to be having a chat about some of my top contouring products. Before I start, I'll quickly reiterate what I look for in a contour just so that we're on the same page. I seek products that are entirely matte. The natural hollows of your face don't catch the light or glimmer in the sun. Additionally, I go for products that have cool tone so slight gray cast and you can absolutely shade your face with a bronzer. That would give you variation and definition. Personally, I'm a bit of a contouring purist and I aim to perfectly mimic the natural shadows of the face and they tend to be grayer than your skin tone. So I will start with options for paler skins and then I move towards to the deeper spectrum so that hopefully, you will find the product that suits you. So my first favorite for pale skin is MAC Omega eyeshadow, and this just goes to show you don't necessarily have to confine yourself to products that are specifically made for the face. Take a look inside your eyeshadow collection and you might stumble cross and awesome contour.
So Omega can be described as equal parts beige, brown and gray so there is no orange or red tones in this product. It's also quite a light shade so it's perfect for pale people because you're less likely to over apply and have a massive disaster on your hands. So I'm a pale to medium skin tone and I even love Omega on myself. It's subtle enough that I can use it during the day and it's also my number 1 pick for nose contouring. Omega is also a great bang for your buck. It's obviously a fantastic eyeshadow and you often see use on the brows particularly for blondes. It's one of my all time favorites. Love Omega. Another option that works well on pale to medium skin tones is NYX Taupe Blush and this I think is one of the best contouring options at the drug store. If I hold it up against Omega, you can see that it is a little bit ashier but don't be afraid it is not ultra pigmented and I just take off most of the products on the back of my hand before I go to apply.
Again really great option for pale to medium skin tones and I think the ideal option for those of you who are new to contouring you want to give it a go but you don't necessarily want a spend a bucket load. It's amazing quality. Another eyeshadow that I love for contouring is Make Up Store Microshadow in Masai and this is cool toned but it still has that beigey brown element so very much within the realm of the natural skin tone. Now Make Up Store Microshadows are awesome and they're also quite pigmented so I probably recommend this more to medium and medium plus skin tones. I have used it on someone very pale and it looks amazing. You just have to go a little bit experty with application.
Let's say hypothetically, you have a very strong yellow under tone, you might find that microshadow in Smog might fit you a bit better and I know that Linda Hallberg uses this one to contour so Masai, Smog? Cool turned, mutual leaning warm? I personally prefer Masai. So very quick blob on the next product because it was a limited edition item but I'm going to mention it just in case I re-promote and this is Chanel Notorious. Whoa, definitely the greatest powder contour that I've ever come across. It's not as scary as it looks though because it's a baked formula so the product is quite hard and the brush doesn't pick up too much product. I think that this one is best use in very small placement so just on the at the corner of the cheek bone, a little bit into a hairline because if you use it on over large portions of the face, I think it can make the complexion look a little bit ashen.
Anyway use sparingly. I love it. I think it's amazing product and I really hope that Chanel re-promotes this one and I think that they would be silly not to. Have you seen how much this going for an eBay? It's in sane. Next up, we have Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in medium and this is a personal favorite of mine because the texture is just sublime. It's almost creamy in consistency so even if you're powder phobic, you dislike the look of powders on your skin, this is a fantastic formulation. I also think that this is quite a special contour in a sense that it works a very fine line. It's ash enough to read as a shadow but it's not so gray that it can look jarring or muddy on very warm skin tones.
So for example, if these great contours are just way too scary for you and you're about to pick up your bronzer. You think I'm a lunatic. Stop. Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting will be your friend. So my final two favorites are cream contours. Now I'm very hard to please when it comes to cream contours. I would say that I dislike most of them and before anyone asked, yes I have tried the Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate and I really didn't get along with that product. One cream contour that I like very much is the Senna contour kit and this product has some weird association with desperate housewives.
The makeup artist on set was always mixing coloring cream contour and in the end, she decides to market the products and the Senna contour kit was born. The contour in this kit isn't excessively ashy, it's neutral leaning cool. The formula, I love this formula. It's sort of a dry silicon formula, so it has enough slip that it's really easy to blend, but it's not so emollient and tacky that it starts to kind of migrate and melt down your face as you're wearing at. So I have the shade 1 but they do have another kit for deeper skin tone. In the palette, there's also two highlighting shades, eh, they're okay. I tend to prefer sort of high lighty, clicky concealer pens for highlighting purposes, but I will show you the application of that kit in a later video.
Final favorite of today is RCMA Shading S13. This is not necessarily something that I would recommend. I mean unless if you are going for like an epic editorial contour in which case I love you. Let's be friends and you can go right ahead. Now if you have a deepest skin tone, RCMA does some more neutral color in this range which I would recommend. Aside from RCMA, I know that Ben Nye does amazing contour option for deep skin tones. There's both a cream and a powder formulation. Alternatively, you could go with the cream foundation that's a few shades darker than your skin tone. I know it that both Graftobian and Cinema Secrets both two amazing cream foundations in a vast array of shades and undertone. And that is it. Those are my favorite contouring products over right now. If I discover any new ones, I'll be sure to let you know.
What I'll do is I'll put all the watches of these products on my blogs so if you want to have a closer look and compare the undertones of each. I'll put a link somewhere here. I would love to know what your favorite contouring products are. I'm always open to enabling. I hope you'll have a wonderful day and I will speak to you very soon. B-bye.
Contours mentioned in this video
MAC Eyeshadow – Omega
NYX – Blush in Taupe
Make Up Store – Microshadow in Masai
Make Up Store – Microshadow in Smog
Chanel – Ombre Contrast in Notorious (limited edition, review here)
Kevyn Aucoin – Sculpting Powder in Medium (used in my contouring tutorial)
Senna – Face Sculpting Kit in Shade 1 (available for purchase at CameraReadyCosmetics)
RCMA – Shading S13 (I purchased it here but can’t seem to find an international stockist)
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Nail Polish I’m wearing in this video
Illamasqua DWS (a grey creme)