Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Creme Contour Routine

I recently did a kind of step by step guide on how I do my makeup on an everyday basis and people seemed to really like it. I did get quite a few questions back about the MAC Full Coverage Crème Foundations that I used to contour my face with. So I thought I would go a little more in depth to my crème contouring.

The reason why I like to use crème products to highlight and contour is because they are a thicker product with such a high level of pigmentation to them, and a little really does go a long way with them. Also, because they are so nice and creamy they blend out so well.

First thing I like to do when doing a look using the MAC Full Coverage Crème Foundations is moisturise the skin. I like to use the Chanel Hydra Crème. This is a nice thick product which makes the skin feel really nice, hydrated and plumped. From there I then start to go in with the highlight and contouring products.

I start with highlight first of all. I take my Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Brush and pick up some of the MAC Full Coverage Foundation in the shade NC20. For me this is the perfect shade. I then apply this in all the usual highlighting spots such as under the eye, centre of the forehead, bow bone, down the centre of the nose, chin and just above the jaw line.

It depends on what mood I am whether I blend this out straight away or if I blend everything together once I have contoured. For the purpose of this tutorial I will apply the contour product first and then blend everything together.

So then I take my MAC 188 Duo Fibre Brush and I use this to pick some of the MAC Full Coverage Foundation up in the shade NW50. I use this brush because it doesn’t pick up too much product, so it stops me from going overboard. Then I apply the contour product in places where I haven’t highlighted such as the hairline, jawline, cheekbones and gently down the nose.

Once all the cream products are sat on the face I then go in with a damp Beauty Blender. I don’t use this to blend all the products together I use this primarily to get rid of any harsh lines that the contour could leave. Using the pointed end I blend the highlight out ever so gently. Then I flip it over and use the domed end to start to buff out the contour.

At this point I still look a hot mess, but it is just about to all come together… I promise!

Then what I like to do is take a really lightweight foundation. I like to go in with something like the L’Oréal True Match. This foundation has a water-like consistency but has a medium level of coverage, so it isn’t completely going to mask all the work that we have done underneath.

So I pump some of the True Match Foundation out onto my metal pallet, then with a very light hand I go in with my MAC 187 Brush and gently start to blend this into the highlight and contour product.
Then at the end you are left with a very subtle highlight and contour, which is still visible through the True Match but not blatantly obvious. It just looks natural but really perfects the skin.

If you like blog posts like this just let me know with some ideas of what you would like to see and I would be more than happy to oblige!


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