Monthly Archives: February 2017

Kontouring- What products to use and where to apply it

Contouring or Kontouring as I like to call it has become a huge trend with makeup in recent years. Thanks to Kim Kardashian and her sisters their beautifully sculpted faces have become an inspiration to many women all over the world. Today we are going to review different products to contour with, and what areas of the face should have contouring vs. highlighting.

My favourite contour kit that is super pigmented and easy to use.

Where to contour and highlight your face:

It is important to note that contouring products should be matte and roughly two shades darker than your skin tone. The contour will help to shade areas that you want to sculpt or define. Contour should be applied to the hollows of your cheeks, forehead/temples, jawline and the side of the nose. Targeting these areas will help to slim out and sculpt your face. If your features are already defined do not apply the contour to those areas.

As for highlighting the product used should be two shades lighter than your skin tone. Highlighting will emphasise the areas of the face that naturally catch the light. The highlight should be applied to the cupid’s bow, your chin, under your eyes, the bridge of your nose, and your forehead.

Different types of contour products.

There are generally two different categories for contour products: cream and powder.

Cream contour products are best for when you want a dewy or full coverage look. Cream products can also be harder to use because many times people apply them too thickly. The finish is smoother with cream products but it is also important to note that cream products still need to be set with a powder.

Powder contour products are much easier to work with, especially if you are just learning how to contour. It is easier to blend and also allows you to build up the product little by little. This is also definitely the best option for those with oily skin.

Product Recommendations:

Cream Contour Kit- Anastasia Beverly Hills

Cocoa Contour Kit- Too Faced

Highlight:

Glow Kit- Anastasia Beverly Hills

Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Powder -Becca

Mix and Match Endless Possibilities

There are times when I do my makeup and I have in mind a lipstick shade that would perfectly complete my look, but I don’t have that colour in my kit. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette allows you to mix your own custom lipstick shade with the help of 5 primary colours and 13 various shades.

To a non-professional, the palette can be a bit overwhelming and I had to look to Instagram and Youtube for some inspiration when testing it out. Anastasia’s Instagram page posts a bunch of demonstrations from professional makeup artists which makes it easier to put the palette into use.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette, mixing plate and lip brush.

It is important to start simple when mixing lipstick shades and to try and stay within the same colour family. For example, I first tried a light nude shade with the Primary Yellow shade and it did not work at all. The yellow became very prominent in the mix and it did not look good on my lips.

It is also important to first mix and test the colour on another surface such as the mixing palette that Anastasia has provided with their product. Once the product touches your lips it will be harder to blend and mix colours together.

When choosing to experiment with a lip palette and colour mixing it is important to know that anything is fair game and you can’t be afraid to get creative! Creativity is the most vital part of creating custom shades.

After testing this palette, I can honestly say that I love it! The possibilities are endless, the lipsticks themselves are moisturizing and pigmented and it stayed on my lips for more than 6 hours with eating and drinking. If you’re getting bored of your everyday lipstick shades and are looking for something fresh and new I would highly recommend this palette.

4-Steps to Clear Skin

1.Cleanse. Washing your face twice a day will remove excess oils, dirt, and makeup that could otherwise cause skin to break out, cause dryness, blotchiness, oily skin and/or clogged pores. Not washing your face could also cause long-term problems such as wrinkles, blackheads, pimples and dead skin cells.

Clinique has a wide variety of skincare products for all skin types

 

2.Toning. Facial toners are important for all skin types because they help to wipe away any dead skin left on the surface and help to repair and smooth the skin’s surface. This step can be done both in the morning and at night by simply putting toner onto a cotton pad and gently sweeping it over your face and neck. If your skin is dry it is best to tone your face just once either in the morning or at night so that the toner does not cause further drying of the skin.

3.Moisturizing. This step should also be done twice a day and right after toning skin, as the skin is now prepped to receive the maximum benefits of moisturizer.  It is important to note that different skin types should be using different moisturizers:

Oily: Look for lotions instead of cream which contain salicylic acids.

Dry: Use cream since it is thicker and has more oil in it for maximum moisture.

Combination: Use a lotion with no acids. Drugstore moisturizers will do the trick such as              Neutrogena.

Normal: Can use just a thin layer of cream or moisturizerExfoliating. Exfoliating is important to help reduce acne and blemishes and to improve

4.Exfoliating. Exfoliating is important to help reduce acne and blemishes and to improve the  skin’s texture. This step should only be done once or twice a week so that over exfoliation does not occur. Some common methods of exfoliation include scrubs, exfoliating gloves, skin care brushes and face peels.