Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit
Continuing with my Sephora haul, this contour kit from Smashbox is actually the first contouring palette I own as I find that being able to correctly contour one’s face is an art that needs to be mastered in order to aptly define and sculpt facial features; however, having said that, I’m not a professional makeup artist; I just happen to love makeup and enjoy trying out new products. My secret fear is looking like I contoured too much in the morning and walking around with unsightly brown patches on my face; this also rings true with bronzer, where I’ll actually look orange if I overdo it because I have quite fair skin; now, combine that with not contouring your face right and it’s…unattractive to say the least.
With a heavy heart, I walked towards the Makeup Station at Sephora and the Beauty Advisor there helped me out; being your regular earthling, I wasn’t quite ready for doing the stick foundation contouring, or doing the multi-step contouring process that is trending on Pinterest and (professional makeup) blogs; I’m just looking for something that even a newbie with a modicum of knowledge about holding onto a contouring brush, a simple, all-inclusive contouring palette that clearly indicates what the shades would be for and referring to a diagram that mapped out where to contour/highlight/bronze up for my particular face shape and I would be good to go.
This Contour Palette set from Smashbox was bang-on with everything that I needed: a proper angled contouring brush, clearly labeled shades and step-by-step tips on defining and sculpting every face shape (both on the mirror and as a small leaflet included with the set). I found it quite easy to follow and use; I will note here that it took a bit of trial and error on my part to using the right amount of the contouring shade first, then highlighting the right spots before warming up my complexion a bit with the bronzer that is included, or in the separate Smashbox Matte Bronzer that I also acquired.
I will note here that less is definitely more with contouring and highlighting; the powders are finely milled and buildable for one to dust on a little each time to help build the right amount of depth and dimension so that the natural contours of your face can be revealed. I would suggest doing your contouring and highlighting in a room where there is natural (enough) lighting so you can more accurately gauge how much more contouring/highlighting that you need for your face shape or occasion (i.e. work, night out, etc.).
All in all, I’m glad that I picked this contouring palette out because as a newbie, I had relatively few issues with learning how to use it; the diagrams and instructions were clear and easy to follow. If you’re new to this contouring business, or you just wanted to try out a high-quality palette that has it all clearly laid out for you, give this one a shot! What I feel is more important is that you get to know what works for your face shape so you can master it and bring out a more beautiful and defined look <3