Thursday, 15 January 2015

CONTOURING FOR FAIRER SKIN TONES

Hello everyone, I hope you're well and having a good week! Today I give you my first beauty post of 2015: contouring for fairer skin tones. After doing a little research during the Twitter chats, asking around if anyone would be interested, to which a lot of you beautiful ladies said yes, I've opted to show you all how I contour my face and what products I reach for. Contouring is not something I do every time I apply my makeup because on some occasions it's not necessary and if I'm in a real hurry to get somewhere (work mainly) it's definitely the step in my regime that I miss out. Having said that, I do love contouring for a more dramatic look. It really makes your face appear slimmer in all the right places and just all-round polishes off your makeup. 

Contrary to popular belief, us fairer-skinned beauties would like to be able to contour too, and it's all about finding the right product to suit you. Personally, I prefer to use cream-based products as opposed to all the various powders out there. The colour is instant and blends out pretty seamlessly for a more, dare I say, "air-brushed" finish. I'd like to point out that I don't have anything against bronzing powders but I only apply them in the summer when I have a bit of a tan, otherwise I find even the lightest shade powder can be too orange for my skin tone. And I don't fancy looking like I've been Tango'd. Is anyone else in the same boat?
I'm sure there are many products out there to suit different skin types but I've found that Illamasqua, in particular, has become my contour saviour since discovering the company over a year ago. The Cream Pigment in the shade Hollow (a cool-toned toffee shade) is such a wonderful product that helps to create shadow on the face naturally; so much so that I haven't bothered looking elsewhere for another contouring product for the past year. Well, that was until I found the Rich Liquid Foundation in the Boxing Day sales (down from £30 to £9 - c'mon, irresistible!) The shade was 230, obviously a lot darker than I would use for my usual foundation, but I took a gamble and popped it into my virtual basket. When it arrived I was pleasantly surprised to see it was almost the exact same shade as the Hollow cream pigment! Now, I have to admit, because of the similarity in colour there isn't much of a difference between the two products anywhere else either. I suppose the foundation transfers a little stronger on the skin and takes slightly longer to blend, but that's if we're really trying to split hairs here. Used with a light hand and a small amount of product on the brush, you should be fine. Either product makes for a lovely finish to your look.

So how do I do it? Well, first off let me say that I'm certainly no expert. I've watched plenty of contouring tutorials and seen enough beauty pictures on Pinterest to know where the light and shade should naturally fall on your face. But here's how I see it...

You want to contour:
 - the hollows of your cheeks (from the middle of your ear to halfway down your cheek)
- your jawline
- down either side of your nose
- the temples and hairline

 I use a Real Techniques Contour Brush to apply the product, and blend with the remaining foundation on my Expert Face Brush or my Beauty Blender. When I'm happy with the colour and blending, I will apply NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (shade Vanilla) to lighten parts of the skin where the light would naturally hit.

You want to highlight:
 - the T-zone
- under the eyes in a triangle formation
- the chin
- the cupid's bow
I also pop a line of concealer under my contoured cheekbones so that the shade really stands out. All that's left is to finish off your makeup with a small swipe of setting powder and you're done! If you find that even Hollow is too dark for your skin then you can always try mixing in a tiny amount of your regular foundation or white foundation (Illamasqua also do one - I swear this isn't a sponsored post!) and blend, blend, blend. I'm pretty pale though (Mont Blanc/Light 2 in NARS foundation) and it seems to be fine with my skin tone - it's all down to preference!

I hope this helped for any of you who, like me, want to add a bit of definition to your fairer skin! Who says contouring is just for the likes of Kim K?
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  1. I'm very fair and always wanted to jump on the contouring bandwagon. i shall have to give these products a go! Thanks!

    Great post!

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    1. No problem Michaela, thanks for reading! Xx

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  2. Fab post, I've always found that with being fair contouring can be a pain in the bum, as I don't want to overdo it and look orange. Will be keeping this post in mind when I try contouring out :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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    1. Thank you Charlee! It can be a pain to contour fair skin but I really believe it's all about finding the right products that don't make you look muddy - just steer away from orange tones and you'll be fine! Xx

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  3. thank you for doing this, have trouble finding the right shades for bronzer or contouring because i'm so light

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    1. That's quite alright, Katie! I find a lot of people were interested in the subject when I mentioned it in a Twitter chat this week - nice to know you're not the only one! Xx

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  4. Looks gorgeous! I really want to try the Nars concealer! Heard so many good things about it xo

    Catherine | Pretty Little Beauty Blog

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    1. Thank you beaut! I LOVE the NARS concealer - it's my favourite! Xx

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  5. Oh wow, I know this post was aimed at fairer skin tones but I still found this incredibly helpful knowing where to apply the products is generally where I go wrong definitely a post worth bookmarking. Also I love the NARS Concealer it's one of my absolute faves! :) xx

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    1. Aw thank you Rinica! Glad it could be of some use to you! Xx

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  6. I am petrified of contouring ahah, I just have the fear of ending p with orange stripes down my cheeks. Maybe a should try the foundation you use!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

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    1. I was too, so so worried of looking muddy or orange! Like I said, try a cool-toned toffee shade and you should be okay! Xx

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  7. Oh wow this is so helpful, I really struggle at any attempt to contour hahah! You did a fab job and now I really want illamasqua foundation xxx
    Blonde Of Carbs

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  8. love this post! i've been looking for a new contour product, so will definitely check out illamasqua

    from helen at thelovecatsinc.com

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    1. Hope you find what you're looking for Helen, thanks for reading! Xx

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  9. i have super pale skin so this is really helpful!

    xx danielle // shades of danielle // bloglovin

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  10. This post is so helpful! It's definitely more difficult to find a product that suits paler skin but the Illamasqua stuff sounds ideal. I'm going to refer back to this for when I finally get round to learning how to contour :) xx

    Toasty

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    1. I am so glad it's helped you out, Beth! Thanks for reading! Xx

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  11. Unfortunately, I do not think contouring and highlighting suits me :( I cannot explain, but I look weird :D

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    1. That's a shame Zuzana! I think contour can work for any skin tone, it's just down to the products you use! It's also a case of practising - perhaps only try adding contour to one part of your face eg. your cheekbones, or your temples and hairline. See how you go! Xx

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  12. I'm also super pale so this post is super useful :) I always hear about Illamasqua's products being suitable for us fairer ones :)

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  13. This has been really helpful. I'm also fair and although I tried this in the summer it's not gonna work or so I thought in the winter! I will look into these products though.
    Emma Xx

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  14. Great post! I don't ever contour so I always assumed you had to use darker, bronzer type shades, so thanks for the tip with the Illamasqua pigment! Will remember this if I ever give it a go! xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

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  15. This is such a useful post, I'm super pale and feel it's easy for it to look overdone on me. I can't believe you got the foundation for £9 such a bargain!

    UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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    1. Thank you Emily - glad you found it useful! I know, it was pretty lucky! Xx

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  16. Great post. I'll definitely be trying this out. I'm forever trying to achieve that Kim K contouring look but always fail miserably hopefully this post will help me reach my contouring goals :-)

    Dominique x
    www.herfashionblog.com

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