Contouring: The Products, The Tools, The Color Theory

So pretty much everyone has done a contouring tutorial or video. Wayne Goss has done not one, not two, but three different videos. Jane Pratt’s beauty site xovain.com has published a couple of contouring articles.  As of late, the internet has been blowing up with glam_her_booth’s impressive contouring transformation, which has been reposted on various sites about a bajillion times.

Everyone should check out Tylor Kirsten (glam_her_booth) on Instagram, because she’s crazy talented.

So why should I bother with my own tutorial? It’s not going to be as pretty as Wayne’s and it certainly won’t be as dramatic as Tylor’s. Well, I’m gonna do what I do best: throw some science in this bitch. We’re gonna talk about color theory, we’re gonna talk about product formulations, and we’re gonna have an all-around good time. Let’s dive in. Continue reading

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Drugstore Goodies: The Best on a Budget

Spoiler: I will be doing a post on contouring later in the week.  In order to adequately prepare for said post, I’d like to take a moment to discuss contouring products.

It is my belief that the most difficult part of contouring should be the actual technique and execution, not the acquisition of funds to buy a contouring product. Not everyone (dare I say, a very select few) can find the room in their budget to drop $75 on Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate contour cream and highlighter duo, or $44 on Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder, or even $16.50 on MAC Sculpting Powder. Moreover, these brands are not competing to win the business of regular drugstore shoppers or casual beauty consumers. I doubt they care about me diminishing their sales in these demographics, because in reality, this isn’t their target customer base. In the spirit of fostering inclusivity and beauty participation at any price point, I’d like to share a drugstore favorite of mine.

And the best part: it’s only $5.

NYX Powder Blush in Taupe (PB11) is a fantastic dupe for MAC’s Sculpting Powder in Shadowy. It’s a cool-tone powder, totally devoid of any shimmer and ideal for mimicking the effect of real shadows on the face. Don’t settle for using your regular bronzer; the orange undertones make cheeks look harsh and dirty rather than sculpted. If you want to create believable dimension on your face without breaking the bank, NYX is where it’s at. 

Stay tuned for this week’s contouring tutorial!