Contouring – the mystical make-up technique that creates cheekbones where there are none… a skill I am yet to master. 2015 seems to be the year contouring becomes the ‘thing’, and every brand from Barry M to Clinique are launching something to make this little trick of light and shade a little easier. I am the first to put up my hands and say I am hopeless at things like this – so something that promises to give me cheekbones where all I can see is the puppy fat I was promised would vanish when I left my teens… This is a little look at the Clinique Sculpting Contour range – with some of the familiar chubby stick format crayons to give the contour/highlight combo, or the blush with a trio of shades if you prefer a powder format.
The contour chubby sticks do look lovely but in all honesty I’m a little scared of the contour crayon. I’m just not sure I have the blending skills to make this one work and look natural on my pale skin tone. But the pinky toned glowing highlighter is right up my street. I actually like how it’s cool toned rather than bronze or golden. The contour stick in particular is quite pigmented so if you do have pale skin I’d say go very, very light and build up the colour rather than paint a full stripe and hope you can blend it out. I did pick up a great contouring tip when I was at the Illamasqua School of Make-Up about contouring – take the contour from your ear to your mouth. If you feel along this part of your face you will feel that’s where your cheekbone runs. That’s where it’s good to place the shadow. Seems like such a simple tip – but having that direction of ear-mouth really helps with placement.
Then there’s the powder contour which I’ve attempted to demonstrate below – first shot, zero blush or contour. Second shot – a combination of the three shades applied to create that contour shape. With the darkest one in the lowest cheek hollow area, mid shade along the cheek bone and highlight just on top. The shade of the Contouring Cheek Palette I’m using here is 04 Defining Nudes and it’s a good all round shade – not too bronze and not too pink. Just a nice combination of nude shades. All three shades have a bit of sheen/glow to them and of course you can use them all together by swirling the shades together. But I went for the attempt at contouring. For me, the powder trio is the easier to use as it does work as a cheek colour stand-alone. But I do love the idea of the cheek crayons and I wish I had the ability to just draw-on cheekbones. That would be amazing.
Clinique Sculpting Contour – The Crayons* are £18 and the Blush Contour Palette* £28 and on sale from 6th Feb 2015.
*Indicates PR sample or gift.