Contouring. Should the everyday women do it? Is it too much? Why do I need to contour? Does it really make a difference or will I end up looking like a clown?
These are all the questions we (I?) ask as we think about contouring. Let me tell you how I really feel. I think it’s a cool concept. I think it’s a fun thing to learn for special nights out or family photos shoots. But I don’t think it should be done on a regular basis. I think it’s just a little too much and if not done correctly, your face just looks dirty.
There. I said it.
However, just like most things in this world, knowledge is power and contouring is a fun skill to have. Except if you’re an average Joe like myself and not a professional makeup artist you want to find the easiest way to do it for the most impact and have it be the most natural looking. That’s kinda a lot to ask for.
Pür Cosmetics recently sent me some fun goodies and I liked them so much I wanted to share them with you. This isn’t a sponsored post, I thought the products were fun and could be useful for those of you who would like to contour but are intimidated or don’t know where to start. Let’s do this!
The contouring stick has two sides, one dark and one light. It can be used as foundation or even as just a highlight and contour over a light base of foundation. I think this is the lightest color and while it’s too light for my skin tone, it’s a great highlighter. The dark portion is perfect because it’s enough to contour without looking like too much makeup.
Each Pür contouring stick comes with a little sponge inside that is very similar to a beauty blender. I actually prefer the Pür sponge to the beauty blender! Here’s how I did it.
First you apply light highlight part of the controlling stick. You should apply it under your eyes, chin, and forehead mainly. For the contouring color you should apply it under the cheek bones, down the sides of your nose and dashes around the forehead. It should look something like this:
That’s an old picture and I’ve applied it also in the creases of my eyes. I just wanted to use this picture because it’s darker and clearer than the ones I took with the Pür. But the whole point of this post is talking about how to contour simply & naturally so just use that last picture as a reference or an idea of where the colors should go mmmmkay?
Once you have the contour and highlight applied, you have to blend them in. That’s why the Pür Contour Stick comes with a sponge.
Start with the flat part and blend the contour section upwards onto the bottom part of your cheekbone. The dashes on your forehead should be blended out but kept in the same spot.
Then start with the highlighted section. Turn the sponge over and start blending those in as well. Keep the highlight color where you put it and just blend it in with the contour color so there isn’t a line.
Once you’ve done all this you can complete the look with a little blush on your cheek bones, maybe a little setting powder and of course eye shadow, eye liner and mascara. If this is sounding like a lot of makeup to you remember this look isn’t intended for everyday. It’s more of a special occasion technique. It looks the best in pictures and it might be something to consider for family photos. Specially because if it isn’t blended perfectly, the photographer might be able to do you a solid and make it look alright.
So what do you think? Is this something you could take on? Or still one left to the professionals? For me it’s something I like to have in my back pocket for special occasions, but definitely not something I’d do every day. I also really love the Pür products because they blend nicely and they aren’t too much so it makes for nice, smooth contouring!
Pür Cosmetics also sent me some eye polish which is a liquid eye shadow and honestly at first it intimidated me a little but but once I tried it, I really liked it! I’ll have to do a tutorial using the eye polish as well.