28 August, 2014 How To: Cream Contouring
Kim Kardashian has a lot to answer for. People are going crazy for contouring and I’d put money on the fact that she is the inspiration for this growing trend. Whilst chiseled cheekbones and glowing skin look gorgeous and flattering on a huge range of skin tones, there is a tendency to look a little too stripy and sharp-cheeked – which completely goes against the whole concept of creating natural contours, shade and luminosity. About a month ago I purchased the Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow Duo, a product which works to impart natural definition and dewiness to the skin without looking fake.
This is a two-step cream product that works to highlight and contour, whilst delivering a smooth, moisturising and subtle wash of colour to the skin. The contour shade is the perfect blend of cooler, ashy tones and warm, red/brown tones, and it doesn’t look orange at all. I like to apply this to my temples, my jawline, my cheekbones and on the sides of my nose. This creates a ‘shadowing’ effect, slims my face slightly and mimics a more angular, defined look.
The highlight shade is a gorgeous champagne, slightly golden shimmer that I use on the centre of my nose, above my lips, on the tops of my cheekbones (usually after blusher) and in the inner corners of my eyes after I’ve applied my eye makeup. This trick makes them look brighter, and in turn I look fresher and more awake.
I’ve enjoyed using this in the summer when I prefer less makeup, but I know I’ll also get good use out of this when I’m looking a little paler and want to bring some colour and warmth back into my face. I usually apply both products before any powder, as applied on top of powder this can look a little caky and patchy. I’d recommend applying your usual foundation or concealer, contour and highlight with this, and then use your setting powder or blusher.
The only downside to The Creamy Glow Duo is how teeny the packaging and quantity of the actual product is – that being said, you only need a small amount because of how pigmented the contour and highlight shades are. You can buy it here for £19 – Space NK seem to be the only online store selling it at the moment, but I know Beauty Bay stock some Kevyn Aucoin products too (view their site here).
As always let me know your thoughts on the product, if you’ve tried it, and if you’ve got any recommendations! You can email me at email@example.com too!