Contour and Highlight - Products!
So after the contour/highlight post, I decided to follow up with a contour/highlight product recommendation post! (I got most of the images off Google)
I remembered coveting the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit when it first came out and that was one of my first buys in the US a couple of years back. That was when the drugstore hasn't stepped up its game AT ALL.
Now?? Essence, Catrice, Colourpop, NYX and every single imaginable brand has a contour set catered for the brand-loyal people.
I remembered LOVING Hollow from Illamasqua and that was so expensive at that time; albeit I still have almost a full pot after so many years. It is still one of my favourite go-to contour shade cause it suits me alot!
For contour, if you're on the fairer end, pick something that has a greyish undertone like a taupe shade. Our shadows are not entirely grey or black but a mix of skin-color and grey. A taupe shade would complement fairer girls. For girls who are tanner, a bronzer can act as a contour if it is matte and won't appear too orange or warm on your skin.
For highlight, Yellow/Banana powders are a type of yellow-toned setting powder that suits just about any skin tone. It serves to color-corrects surface redness and neutralizes dark undereye circles.
This is supposedly a 'trade' thing according to makeup industries but it has since become a common thing alr! So u can actually dust yellow powder over the areas u want illuminate and at the same time, set those area.
One of my very first contour buys when I was experimenting with the scene.
It's a cream pigment so a little goes a looonnnng way. I use (clean) fingers and map it out on my face and I find that using a finger to blend this product works better for me. This looks really natural on me and creates natural-looking shadows.
I like to lay down cream products first before lightly layering with a powder product just to seal it in and allow the contour to last the whole day.
When Nikkietutorials raved about this NYX Taupe Blush, I went on a mad hunt. And I have a feeling they have taken this range down.
They have another range of blushes with a taupe in it too BUT ITS NOT THE SAME. I've swatched it and this is so much more taupe whereas the other is much warmer.
Sigh NYX, don't do this to me. This is a super taupe shade which is very ideal for contouring.
I love using this to set the Hollow cream pigment! LOVE IT.
Another easy use. I like recommending this to beginners since it comes in a variety of shade and a stick means u get to directly 'draw' on ur face and map it out exactly where u want .
I use the first shade (Taupe/Ivory). This is a cream product so I like to use this directly on my face and then using a brush to blend it out. A little goes a loooonnng way too cause this product is really pigmented for both contour and highlight!
This is one of the newer NYX contour products - NYX Sculpt & Highlight Face Duo. There's several shades for this but mine is the one in Taupe/Ivory.
The Ivory is not as yellow as the second shade tho. It's more whitish-yellow compared to a yellow-yellow. But that's also cause it's for fairer girl. It is SUPER pigmented and because of how bright and white it is, I just place dots and blend it out with my fingers so I won't end up looking too white.
This Australis On Tour Contour Platte is a realllly awesome drugstore palette and is really mighty fine for its price! In fact, as you can see, it is a pretty close dupe to the ABH Contour Kit and if you can't bear to blow that amount on ABH one, then try this one out first to see if you like it!
I swatched both palettes side by side for u all to compare! The highlighting shades are even more comparable compared to the contour ones! Exactly the same.
The yellow one is used for the reasons I've talked about above. The Sand/shade 3 is ur typical shiny highlighter. I like to mix the yellow shade with Vanilla/Shade 1 to adjust if necessary.
The contour shades comparison! Fawn/Shade 2 is what I would use to contour!
If you've never contoured before, not sure if you want to invest in a palette, then try this mini little thing! This Catrice palette is travel-friendly and also works fine for a drugstore product. Its not particularly stunning or amazing but if you want to try this area out, then it will do great!