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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.

Welcome to Kontouring Karlee!

My obsession with makeup began about six years ago when I discovered the Kardashian family. The first thing I noticed about the Kardashian’s was their beauty and more specifically their makeup which was always flawless. I began to research products that they were using and the artists who were doing their makeup and I became obsessed. Youtube videos, Instagram’s, and facebook posts of the Kardashians getting their makeup done became my inspiration to learn how to apply makeup myself.

Although I am not a certified makeup artist, it is something that I enjoy doing for fun.  Not only am I getting myself ready for school and night’s out but also my friend’s.There is not a weekend that goes by that I don’t have my three roommates waiting in my room to get their makeup done.

Mario Dedivanovic is the makeup artist behind Kim Kardashian’s signature look and the person that I look up to. His tutorials on his blog and youtube channel have taught me

Mario Dedivanovic getting Kim Kardashian glam for an event.

most of what I know including how to apply makeup and what products work really well. He is definitely my biggest inspiration behind this blog.

It is a common misconception in today’s society that girls don’t need makeup and it should be about natural beauty, or that if we do wear makeup it’s because we want to impress boys. However, I can tell you that I do not own 25 different shades of lipstick for a boy who doesn’t know the difference between MAC cosmetics Whirl lipstick and Kat Von D’s Lolita liquid lipstick. This blog is about the fun behind makeup, experimenting with new looks, testing new products, and talking about skincare. It is a passion of mine that I can’t wait to share. Enjoy!