I’ve found that contouring and highlighting the face makes all the difference to the end result of your finished makeup look. Especially when it comes to photographs. It gives you that lovely ‘uplifted’ and picture-perfect polished look. (I’ll talk more about the best highlighting products later). I’ve tried out quite a lot of contouring products and every single time, powder-style contour products always beat cream contouring products for a more natural look, easy application and blendability.
Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder (Medium): the ultimate contouring powder for nearly all skintones.
Two contouring powder products which stand out amongst the rest include MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation NW58, (Okay, I’ll admit, this is not designed specifically to be used for contouring, but the shade and texture turn out looking amazing when used sparingly to contour the face), and Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder (Medium) which is hands-down the best contour powder around, and suits almost all skintones. It’s strange that the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder is called a ‘Medium’ shade when that’s actually the only colour it’s available in. The colour is actually great for creating a natural ‘shadow’ effect and is therefore perfect for contouring because of the fact that it goes on fairly sheer but has a grey-brown colour with almost no yellow in it; a little goes a long way so despite this product being a bit pricey, it will last you a long time. The MAC Studio Fix Powder in NW58 has a bit more yellow in the colour but can be used for olive skintones who dn’t mind adding a bit of warmth as well as contouring the face. Both look great but I would choose the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder (Medium) because the colour it comes in actually means that you could also apply it into the socket of the eye to give a natural looking contour to the eyelid if you didn’t want to add anything apart from neutral beige and brown make-up to your eyes, I don’t think the MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation NW58 would be suitable for this purely for the fact that it contains yellow tones.
I always apply any contour powder with a dual-fibre brush (there are lots out there e.g. MAC 187 dual-fibre skunk brush) or with Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush (I’m actually using the Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush more often to apply contour powder because it accurately defines and contours several tricky areas using only the one brush instead of several e.g. contouring the nose as well as the cheekbones and jawline is easy with just this one brush whereas if I used the MAC 187 brush I can’t use it the contour the side of the nose or the tip, and I’d have to use a narrower brush).
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