When I hear the term “contouring,” I immediately think of this.
And that, my friends? Is a makeup situation I really don’t need in my life. Luckily, intensive contouring is on its way out, with more of a focus on highlighting the face, aka “strobing.”
However, I do understand the desire to subtly contour the face…creating natural dimension does give the face a boost, so I thought I would give it a go. The absolutely lovely Tata of Tata Harper sent me her brand new Contour & Highlight Kit to try out, so I decided to make a tutorial out of it. If you aren’t familiar with the Tata Harper line, it’s 100% natural and non-toxic and completely luxurious. (I love her Rejuvenating Serum and Replenishing Nutrient Complex something fierce, and am about to pull the trigger on the Regenerating Cleanser.)
Let’s get this party started. As you know, I only use safe and natural beauty products, so rest assured these brands are all fantastic.
First things first, I applied my very favorite tinted moisturizer ever, Tint Skin in Linen.
For face coverage, I either use Tint Skin for light coverage or Kjaer Weis Foundation in Silken for fuller coverage. First off, you have to trust me when I say that I have tried EVERY clean/safe/natural tinted moisturizer out there, and nothing beats Tint Skin for a light coverage. It’s one of the very few that doesn’t sit in the pores around my nose on my cheeks, and I just adore it. For fuller coverage, I love the Kjaer Weis foundation, but you do need to prep the skin beforehand. However, when the skin is prepped, it gives the most amazing dewy (yet full) coverage out there.
(Also, if you are into organic beauty, you must check out Citrine Beauty Bar – Melissa, the owner, carries so many amazing brands and she is on Periscope under the name “citrinebeautyaz,” where she does beauty tutorials and swatches products for those of us who don’t have any brick-and-mortar natural beauty boutiques around us. Also, did you know I’m on Periscope too? If not, you obviously missed my Justin Bieber lip sync last week. So, actually, you should thrilled. Don’t do it.)
After placing a few drops around my face, I blend with my Sigma Flat Kabuki (F80) brush.
Next up, RMS Beauty “Un” Cover Up in Shade 11. This is wonderful, creamy, coconut-oil based concealer.
Dab a bit underneath the eye area.
Next up, read the very helpful guide that came with the Tata Harper kit. (Otherwise, I would have been flailing.)
Here we go with the bronzer for contouring. As you can see, I wasn’t so sure.
(Turns out that bronzer is fabulous beyond just contouring. I’ve used it on my eyelids, and as an all-over bronzer. Thumbs up.)
Place the contour in the hollow of the cheeks, down the sides of the nose, and at the jawline.
This is as close to Kim Kardashian as I will ever get.
Blend the harsh lines with a Kabuki brush.
Highlighter time! I love me some highlighter, and this one is great. Subtle sheen, and it doesn’t settle into the fine lines around my eyes. (Hello, 40.)
Dab a little onto the high points of the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, and in the cupid’s bow. I don’t want a high sheen on most days, so I went easy on the highlighter.
Next up, eye makeup.
Folks, if you haven’t experienced the pure luxury that is Kjaer Weis cosmetics, I highly recommend checking the line out. Certified organic and just beautiful. (Look at that packaging!) For my eyes, I used the eyeshadow shades Cloud Nine (all over) and Charmed (in the crease). These shadows apply like a flipping dream. I honestly could happily exist with just those two eyeshadows for the rest of time. (Which is good because they are hella pricey for the first time around – after that, all of the Kjaer Weis products have refills you buy instead of re-purchasing packaging, which is cool.)
I actually don’t use the brush that comes with the liquid eyeliner. Instead I dab my Laura Mercier Flat Eye Liner into the product and apply that way. It allows me to get a really thin line next to my lashes.
Curl and apply mascara to lashes.
The overall eye look is very natural and subdued, yes?
Wait. That’s the beauty of bangs, friends. Forget about the eyebrows! Let’s focus on cream blush. This is Tata Harper Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tint in Very Nice. I absolutely love this color – not too bright, but it gives the best natural flush.
Apply to the apples of the cheeks starting straight down from the middle of the iris, blending upward and outward.
Finally, a little bit of lipstick. This one is by Ilia cosmetics and it’s called In My Room. A perfect soft pink.
Voilá! Subtle contouring FTW.
See? No harsh lines here. Just lovely dimension and glow without too much shine. What do you think? Would you give subtle contouring a go?