My Top Contouring Picks

Damn girl.

Contouring products are everywhere — it wasn’t just a 2014 trend! It seems like every beauty brand has their own contour/highlight duo or palette. How do you know which ones to try? If you’re like me, you want to try EVERY product out there. Unfortunately, that would make my wallet cry. I can’t claim to have tried every product, but out of the many I own and have played with, these are my favorite products that grace my face almost every day.

tarte the sculptor contouring face slenderizer in park avenue princess

This is $24 well spent. I’ve been using the same product for months and it barely looks like I’ve made a dent in it. tarte always wins at industry trends, and the sculptor take sthe cake in contouring sticks. The color is so beautiful on my skin — not too bronze, not too taupe. It has a very subtle shimmer and blends so easily. I sometimes use the slenderizer brush that tarte released at the same time, but I mostly use my Real Techniques sponge. Applying and blending the cream in is seriously foolpoof.

Maybelline FaceStudio Master Conceal in Light

 Since I purchased this little gem last month, I haven’t used any other concealer to hide dark spots, under eye circles, and to highlight my face. The texture is so silky, but not so creamy that it doesn’t make me look like an oil slick. I squeeze a blob of product on the back of my hand, and apply it with a skinny, flat concealer brush, and blend with my sponge. Plus, if I covered up the label, you wouldn’t be able to guess that it only costs about 8 bucks.

NYX Rouge Cream Blush in Glow

The color name “Glow” is so accurate for this blush! At first, when I dot it on your cheeks, it looks so bright and almost neon. It blends so smoothly and seamlessly into my skin, and looks like a natural flush. $6 is an outrageous price, especially considering that it compares to higher-end makeup, like stila Convertible Color.

tarte Amazonian clay waterproof bronzer in park avenue princess

Another park avenue princess favorite! I can’t get enough of this iconic tarte shade. After I have completely blended in my contour cream, concealer, and blush, I sweep this highlighting bronzer on my cheekbones. I then use my concealer and flat brush again to draw a line under the bronzer, and blend. My cheekbones look flawlessly sculpted like Angelina Jolie as Maleficent. Okay…maybe not that sculpted.

 

What are your favorites?

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Wish of the Week 9/16/15

With so many new makeup sets and exclusives coming to market, there are so many things I’m eyeing for fall. Here are my top picks for this week.

blotterazzi TM by beautyblender ($20)

I’m such a fan of the original beautyblender. I use it nearly everyday, and not just for foundation, but also contour products and blush. It’s a holy grail product for me! The blotterazzi is made of the same spongy material that the original makeup sponge is made of. It claims to absorb unwanted oils on the skin and it’s compact enough to keep in my purse. This could take away the need for blotting papers, and it’s reusable and washable! The sponges are supposed to be stay fresh in the compact. I’m sold! I’ve seen some mixed reviews on the blotterazzi but I want to give it a try since my skin gets so shiny throughout the day.

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop ($38)

I’ve never used any of Becca’s beautiful highlighters and skin perfectors, but have heard so much about them. I’ve swatched them all over my arms at Sephora but never took the plunged and purchased one. Typically, I only loveLook at that GLOW! shimmery highlighters in theory. My shine-prone skin prefers matte highlighters…or at least shimmer in moderation. My inspiration for this wish is Lupita Nyong’o. This beauty has some serious shine to her skin. Every time I see a picture of her, she looks so naturally flawless. Somehow, even when she’s wearing more dramatic makeup, she still looks so naturally beautiful. Her skin always has a champagne glow to it. I’m ready to glow like Lupita!

Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush in Water Blossom (Pink Violet) ($26)

I’m always drawn to blushes and cheek stains. Stila doesn’t market this as a cheek stain, but rather a long-wear, waterproof, water-based gel. The texture is amazing and the colors are so beautiful in the jar and on the skin. These would have been great for summer, especially since they’re lightweight and waterproof, but they will be beautiful in the colder months to give cheeks a natural flush of color. I love all 5 colors the blush comes in, but Water Blossom is so different from any blush I own. It has a soft magenta/purple tone to it. The colors are all so bright when at first look, but I bet they will all look so pretty on the cheeks.

 

What’s on your wish list this week?

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