Highlighting & Contouring 101

February 02, 2015

Contouring and highlighting is something that I wasn't familiar with at all until I started blogging and now I understand why most celebs look absolutely flawless the majority of the time. I'm no pro but I thought i'd share some of my favourite products when it comes to contouring and highlighting.
 Now most celebrities have amazing makeup artists who know what they are doing, but us bloggers just have to get the job done ourselves. Now i'm not the best at contouring and I don't follow the rules of contouring, where you make yourself practically look like a lion and then miraculously blend it all in. I stick to the standard hallows of your cheeks, temples and a slight amount of highlight on the top of the cheeks bone, simple, easy and a lot more natural looking.

My current favourite contour comes from the Makeup Revolution 'Golden Sugar' Blush Palette* (£6). The dark brown matte shade in the bottom right corner is just beautiful, so pigmented and defines my cheeks bones like no other. You literally need the smallest amount of this and although it looks quite muddy, it doesn't apply muddy at all which is a bonus. The highlight shades in this palette are great also, especially the top left pearlescent shade as it just catches the light really subtly. 

A long time contour and highlight love has to be the Nars One Night Blush Palette (£45). Laguna, the bronzer shade is a must have in anyones stash and is a lovely contour that suits any skin tone and looks so natural. Devotee, the highlight shade is also a beautiful highlight that offers a just the right amount of shimmer and looks beautiful on the skin.

The bronzer that I reach for the most is The Body Shop Honey Bronzer (£13) and this is great for a subtle everyday contour. If you're just getting into contouring or you don't like the whole defined cheek bone look, this one is a great option and I love that this is matte, as it's hard to find a good drugstore matte bronzer these days! If you haven't tried this yet, you need to go give it a swatch! 

Lastly is my cream contour and highlight picks and these are the Makeup Revolution The One Blush Stick* (£5). Before these I always used powder based contour/highlight products and using a cream option, I find just gives a more defined look. Matte Malibu, the contour shade is beautiful to apply and creates a lovely contour but you need the smallest amount, especially if you're pale like me - little goes a long way! As for Dream, this is a lovely cream highlight shade that you can apply really easily with your fingers and again blends lovely to give a subtle highlight.

What are you favourite contour/highlight products?

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  1. I really want to get more into contouring and highlighting, the Makeup Rev Blush Sticks look amazing for it! I'll have to pick them up soon x

  2. The Nars palette looks lovely! I just use a simple matte eyeshadow for contouring, nothing too special, but I do love my highlighters ;)

  3. I always get scared to contour because I'm very pale and I always make it look orange, but these products look great, especially the Makeup Revolution palette.


  4. I'll definitely be looking into The Body Shop's Honey Bronzer! It's so gorgeous and I always love the look of TBS products. :)

    creative thought+style / doitfortheirony.blogspot.com

  5. I'm loving the golden sugar palette at the moment too, although I do find the bronzer colour to be too orange for me!

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  6. I haven't come across the NARs One Night Blush Palette, it looks beautiful. I like that Laguna is in there! Highlight wise I am enjoying Soap & Glory 'Glow All Out' on my cheekbones and browbone, it gives a lovely pinky pearlescence :).

  7. Just come across your blog and absolutely love it! Love this post especially!



  8. The Makeup Revolutions Blush Palette is beautiful and such great value, this is getting added onto my wishlist.


  9. So wish i had picked up that NARS palette. Its gorgeous!

    xprincessjas | ♥

  10. Charlotte Morgan2 February 2015 at 20:02

    It was a limited edition palette, so you can't get it anymore unfortunately but they always do something similar! xx

  11. I love the makeup revolution blush palettes and I use the honey bronzer nearly everyday really good product.

    Zeynab x

    The Beauty Load

  12. I need to try the Body Shop Bronzer - everyone loves it! The Duo Fibre RT brush is amazing and I love the Golden Sugar palette :) xx

    Magpie Jasmine

  13. so many products that I need to try out


  14. Lusting over the NARS one night palette :) The shades are so beautiful.
    Big thumbs up to makeup revolution~ Their products are so good for their inexpensive pricing.
    Gutted that they do a stick contour colour which resembles my NARS altai multiple stick~

    Thank you for sharing your products. Currently I like using my NARS albatross as a highlight and the body shop honey bronzer as contour. Have a great day ♥

    Ying | * Y i n g c b e a u t y *

    X x X x X

  15. That Makeup Revolution pallet looks beautiful! I can't believe it's only £6! I Love The Bodyshop Honey Bronzer, it's gorgeous & gives the right amount of color. Love this post!

    The Joneses' & Little Babe

  16. Lovely post that Make up revolution palette looks gorgeous. I really want to try out The Body Shop Honey bronzer! x


  17. I've just ordered the blush palette from makeup revolution, so now I'm really excited for it to arrive! I'm not one for the miraculous lion-face-to-blended-beauty contour black magic that the makeup artists are pro at for myself - way too scared I'm going to end up orange!

    little miss fii || Fii x

  18. Charlotte Morgan7 February 2015 at 18:18

    I hope you like it, it's an amazing palette! Haha, me too as I often find that I have to blend a lot to make contour look natural rather than like face paint xx

  19. Charlotte Morgan7 February 2015 at 18:18

    Aww thank you, glad you liked it! Yes, totally agree as it's amazing at giving just what you want xx

  20. Charlotte Morgan7 February 2015 at 18:19

    Unfortunately it's no longer available, which is shame but yes the makeup revolution palette is great! xx

  21. Charlotte Morgan7 February 2015 at 18:19

    You do, it's quite cheap and i've not hit pan yet, which is good seeing as I use it a lot! xx

  22. Charlotte Morgan7 February 2015 at 18:20

    If I apply too much it can look orange, it's just working out the right amount really xx

  23. Charlotte Morgan7 February 2015 at 18:21

    As long as you find a bronzer pale enough you will be fine. The Body Shop Honey Bronzer is great as they have a load of shades, with a few aimed at pale skin xx

  24. OMG this makeup revolution palette looks gorgeous and is sooo affordable!


  25. Vanessa Gonzales7 February 2015 at 23:12

    I love the makeup revolution blush palettes. I haven't tried this one yet, but it looks beautiful.


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