Yes, really, lets! Because up until a week ago I had no idea what it was. Well, I am exaggerating a bit, I had heard of it but I had no idea how to go about it.
Not to mention I felt little more than jealous when I saw one of my best friends looking all ‘contoured’ and basically anchoring everybody’s attention on a night out! Talk about feeling ‘dated’!
Now, I’m normally not a big make up fan but I just had to find out how to do it because it looks awesome!
I have always dreamt of having well-defined high cheekbones like Kate Moss or Angelina Jolie and now it seems that what nature didn’t give me, a careful make up application technique called contouring can! What do you know, amazing!
Being as clumsy as I am, I had to conduct careful research, yes nerd alert, into how to actually do it! So here’s the scoop!
Now I went off looking for those different shades of foundation and powders and blusher and bronzer and oh my god, it gave me a head spin! Luckily, I was pulled out of my misery when I stumbled upon this great gem!
Now who better to give you advice on how to get high cheekbones, and a sculpted jawline, than someone who has had the opportunity to study the shadows that those throw on the face simply by looking in the mirror for years. Yes, I am talking about the one and only Kate Moss!
This is a truly great product to start you off on your contouring journey. It even has a little scheme at the back showing how and where to apply each colour, making it perfect for people new to the technique.
So lets dive in! Prepare your face with primer and your usual foundation of choice and then start off with the contouring powder in the middle of Kate Sculpting Palette.
The contouring powder is highly pigmented, which experts tell me, is perfect if you’re super keen on contouring! It is rather powdery, so tap off your brush a little before applying.
Slide across below the edges of your cheekbone, in the hollow bit; on your temples following your hairline;
the sides of your nose; along the edges of your jawline and just along the edges of your chin; and make a thin line right beneath your lower lip.
Don’t be scared - blend it; merge it with your foundation using the brush or a beauty blender sponge. It might take you a few attempts until you figure out the exact amount of product to put on the brush and the exact force with which to apply it on your face.
Now that your face looks sculpted with all the right shadows in all the right places, move on to the blusher! Apply along the cheekbones as you normally would. If you’re not absolutely sure that this is your colour, feel free to use your usual blusher.
The final stage, which also happens to be my favourite, is highlighting. The highlighting product in Kate Sculpting Palette has a gorgeous sheen! Dust some on the highest points of your cheekbones to bring them forward and create the ultimate illusion of high cheekbones!
You can also add some underneath your eyes, on the bridge of your nose and your chin! Experiment with the highlighter; see what you like best!
This palette comes in two different shade ranges: Coral Glow and Golden Bronze. Coral Glow’s is made of more vibrant colours and Golden Bronze consists of cooler colours.
If you think neither of those will work for you and would prefer to pick your own separate products, the rule of thumb is that the contouring colour needs to be two shades darker than your base colour, and the highlighting product needs to be two shades lighter than your base product.