Contouring, it’s a love hate relationship. On one hand who doesn’t want chiseled cheekbones and perfectly carved features, but at the risk of looking full on theatrical chic it’s an area I tend to tread lightly around. I love ‘no-makeup makeup’. Foundations described as ‘my own skin, but better’ and anything that reads ‘healthy glow’ generally has me sold. It’s in this vein that I’ve been on the lookout the perfect daylight friendly ‘no-contour contour’. Something that’s both understated and requires minimal effort - I’m not a morning person and my makeup needs to take five minutes or nothing.
I’ve pared my unreasonably large makeup collection down to two items to achieve an everyday two minute contour. Benefit Dandelion Shy Beam (€27.50, Debenhams) and Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour (€23.00, Debenhams). That’s it. Two items and you’re good. What I love about these products is that neither is powder based, which I always feel sits better for a fresh everyday look. The other major plus point is that fingertip application is not frowned upon here, but encouraged. The heat from your fingertips adds bendability to these products. That said I am a little obsessed with a quick ‘finishing’ blend using my favorite Zoeva buffer brush.
Benefit Dandelion Shy Beam is a new addition to their ever expanding collection and with its soft-matte, nude pink tone, is an absolute winner in my book. In contrast to they’re cult classic High Beam, Shy Beam is its shyer little sister – sans shimmer, while still giving a subtle highlight. So perfect for creating an everyday two minute contour.
Clinique Chubby Stick is one we’ve spoken about before, and it’s still an everyday makeup bag essential for adding a little foolproof natural bronze. Think Crayola for adults. It’s as easy as swipe and blend. Foolproof. Use this to contour under cheekbones, the sides of the nose, beneath jawline and around the hairline by your forehead. Note to selfie; be mindful of taking your cheek contour a little too far down toward your mouth, this tends to drag your features downward a little and can be instantly aging. Not what we’re going for.
Want to vamp it up a little for an evening out? Then you need two more gems to make your no-fuss contour photo ready. Benefit Hoola (€34.50 Debenhams, which I first bought over ten years ago –gulp) and Too Faced Candle light Glow (€30.00, Debenhams) are your best pals here. With a slim contouring brush such as Sephora X, use Hoola to deepen your cheek contour again keeping your shading high and not dragging too far downward toward the mouth. To make your higher points pop a little, add a small dusting of Too Faced Candlelight Glow to upper cheekbones, cupids bow and chin. Just enough so the light bounces off these areas and not so much that you’ve an oil slick situation in photos. This stuff also is beautiful used together with Too Faced Mr. Right Perfect Powder Brush, dusted over collarbones and shoulders.
And there you have it, easy, everyday, two-product contour that can hold its own in daylight! What are your current favourite contouring go-to products?
*All the products mentioned above are available from larger Debenhams stores.
*Some of the above products are press samples but fear not - we speak only the truth when it comes to beauty products!