13 June, 2013

Contouring and Highlighting Using Powders

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Hi, lovelies! Hope you enjoyed the funny-looking picture. Today I'm showcasing two powders I use for sculpting (meaning contouring and highlighting my face). They are from MAC's Pro range (which you can get online at MACCosmetics.com). The one I use for contouring is the Pro Sculpting Powder in Shadester. For highlighting I use their Pro Shaping Powder in Lightsweep. What I love about MAC's Sculpting and Shaping powder is that they come in a variety of colors suitable for different skintones. Since MAC Pro products have limited availability, I've included a few other options at the bottom of the post in case you're interested in sculpting kits. I also reviewed the Pro Sculpting Creams ages ago in case you prefer cream formulas (see the review here).

I don't generally do this whole-nine-yards full sculpting routine on a day to day basis. For everyday, I contour my cheek bones with bronzer, highlight with a shimmery highlighter, and call it a day. I tend to leave nose, temple, jaw, and neck contouring for special occasions, flash photography or when I'm feeling particularly bloated (we all have those days). When I do the full sculpting routine I like to use the Shadester Shaping Powder because it has a satin finish. It looks really natural as opposed to a regular highlighter which has a lot of shimmer. I don't feel comfortable using a regular highlighter on my chin and forehead because I feel like it would be too much. 
mac pro sculpting shaping powders review swatches shadester lightsweep
mac pro sculpting shaping powders review swatches shadester lightsweep
mac pro sculpting shaping powders review swatches shadester lightsweep
contouring and highlighting powders
I took the "After" picture before adding blush so the general sculpting effect would be more noticeable. If you have oily skin you can opt out of highlighting your chin and forehead if you think that would make you look too shiny. For contouring I used the MAC 168 brush and for highlighting I used the Sedona Lace FB 05 brush. The foundation I'm wearing is Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in B30 (review). I set my makeup with the Paul & Joe Pressed Powder in Medium and my lipstick is Heavenly from CoverGirl. Below are a few sculpting kits you can check out. I haven't tried any of them myself but the popular Sleek Contour Kit is on my wishlist!
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01. SLEEK CONTOUR KIT ($8.49)

As of right now (June 13th) every single shade of the MUFE Sculpting Kit is sold out at Sephora.com! Can you believe that?! Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know if you highlight/contour on a regular basis or if you leave it for special occasions like me. Also, what are your favorite products to use?
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Disclaimer: I purchased the products featured in this post myself.

70 comments:

  1. I hardly ever contour, but I do highlight. Even when I do contour, it's only ever with a bronzer under the cheekbones and around the forehead. This post was very helpful and inspired me to try out a bit more contouring - it makes such a difference!

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    1. It does make a huge difference, hope you try it out xx

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  2. You contour and highlight amazingly! You look gorgeous!!

    I love the effect of highlighting and contouring, I just sometimes struggle to get it perfect everytime. I'm sometimes not specific enough when I contour and the colours I use aren't always right. I need a little more practice I think.

    Brilliant post!

    Hope you can stop by my blog soon and say hi,

    www.victoria-emma.blogspot.co.uk

    Vickyy

    XO

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  3. I don't really contour my face, I use some bronzer every now and then though, but not actually highlighting :) I think I should because the only reason I don't do it is because I've never thought about it haha. This was helpful! Thank you!

    Valérie ♥ scribblesofvalerie.com

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    1. Haha, give it a try, you might like it! x

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  4. I never used to contour but I recently bought the Sleek Contour Kit and while it does an okay job, I think it's a bit too orange toned for my skin. Illamasqua's Hollow cream pigment is supposed to be great for contouring so I'm tempted to purchase that :)

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    1. I have Illamasqua Hollow and it looks garish on me. But that's because I'm so warm-toned and have a tan right now. I think it'd be amazing on paler/cooler skintones xx

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  5. I contour everyday. I think it makes such a difference. I can tell one on you :)

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  6. Ohhh, great tips! Thank you sooo much <3 (:
    I contour with different cream contour shades, but I like to try out powders.

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  7. Thank you for the helpful photo of it all mapped out! I'm not so great at contouring and highlighting but it's my goal to get better at it. I just recently picked up the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Milk Chocolate and it works as a great cream contour for me.

    www.gvadlln.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. The Pot Rouges are brilliant and so long lasting x

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  8. It's surprising how much difference highlighting and contouring actually makes!Xx

    Lucy Cole | A UK Fashion Blog

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  9. This is such a great post! I actually never got into contouring until I had to try my hand at it for a theatrical makeup course that I was in. I do contour now for every one of the looks on my blog, obviously with a heavier hand, but on a day to day basis, I will contour *if* I'm wearing foundation. I've taken to using MAC's Careblend Pressed Powder in Dark, and UD's e/s in Virgin.

    I'm inspired by your post to post a whole separate tutorial on contouring. My technique is a bit different from what I was taught by a MUA, but I find that it works better for me, since my cheekbones are not visible to begin with! xx

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  10. Your contouring looks amazing Coco! I wish mine looked half as good when I try to do it haha

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  11. I'm with you on just contouring and highlighting the cheekbones on a day-to-day basis Coco!! And might I add, that lipstick looks HEAVENLY on you! (I couldn't pass up that pun; it really does look great on you though :) )

    ♥Cassie
    thriftthick.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha, thank you! That made me laugh x

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  12. Do you have tips for contouring a more rounded face?

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    1. For round faces, the jaw and temple contouring is really important. It's what sharpens the look of the face and visually breaks up the roundness. If you can't see your cheekbones normally, suck in your cheeks so you find your guide. Still, you can make your contour lines a bit less downwards slanted that way you fake the appearence of higher/more prominent cheekbones. The higher your contour, the more dramatic and sculpted your cheekbones look. This helps define round faces. Just make sure your cheek contour line never looks too vertically stanted or too horizontal because then it looks unnatural. And try and keep it from bein too close to your mouth (that goes for any face shape) xx

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  13. OK I need these two products. Your skin literally look glowing, beautiful!

    www.absolutebeaut.com

    xx

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  14. You can really see the dif. Great post again :)
    Rebecca x | Ze Makeup

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  15. I love to contour !!
    I can't even imagine my daily makeup without it!!
    Great post!! :)

    Lots of love xo ♥ ♥ '' Think Pink | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog " ♥ ♥

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  16. You are such a master in contouring, Coco dear! I sometimes skip this altogether because I end up making a mess of my face - esp the nose part, it just looks muddy on me :(

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    1. And LOL at the first photo, made me laugh!! ♥ Still adorable, though.

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    2. Haha thank you, gorgeous <3

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  17. i just did a blog post on contouring and highlighting with cream products as well! check mine out?
    i wish we had a mac pro store that sells sculpting powders :(

    http://flylikeacg.blospot.com
    beauty, lifestyle, reviews, hauls

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  18. the sleek contour kit is amazing! you should definitely try it out. oh by the way, your eyelashes are so amazing and pretty >__< haha, i'm envious xP great post :)

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    1. Thank you!! It's the Maybelline Falsies Flared mascara! It always gets me the most lash compliments x

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  19. This is such a useful post!! I always find it hard to know where to contour and where to highlight! Thanks so much! xx Rena

    Kiss and Make Up

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  20. This was such a great post Coco! I can see the difference in your skin so well, too. I hardly ever contour, but I love highlighting. I'll have to give contouring another go :)

    xo aly

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  21. I usually contour a bit every time I do my makeup. Cheekbones, forehead, and under my neck with bronzer since I'm fairer there than my face and chest. In my pro kit, I keep the contour palette from Smashbox, but they discontinued it.

    Here's a blog post I did with what I use for myself (fair skin): http://facesbysam.blogspot.com/2013/03/how-to-contour-and-highlight-your-face.html

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    1. Thanks for linking, it's such a nice post!

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  22. I find that I'm not very good at 'sculpting' my face, I'd love to try and be a bit better at it therefore thank you for this post as it was really useful. Definitely bookmarking this :D

    Amy xx
    A Little Boat Sailing

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  23. Great post :) love the photo.

    I contour my cheeks most days but only go all-out on the odd occasion.

    My favourite cheek contour products at the moment are NYX Taupe blush and MAC Harmony blush (with a light hand). For the days I use highlighter I really like liquid ones like MAC lustre drops and the new Revlon Photoready Skinlights!

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    1. Those are great contour products for fair skintones! xx

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  24. I rarely contour or highlight my face for my everyday makeup I keep that just like you for special occasions. Love your photo, it explains very clear where to put what ^^ xx

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  25. I only contour on special occasions but I do notice the difference that it makes! Great post :) x

    www.zdevania.blogspot.com

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  26. oh thank you very much for the shade suggestions! you did an amazing job coco! xxx

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  27. This is my favorite routine when I do my makeup... I do contour most of the times. Loved the products that you used. I tend to use creams more often but I really want to give the ones you used a try now! PS: You have a perfect nose! xx

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    1. I'm so self conscious about my nose! Haha but thank you <3

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  28. The first thing I notice about you are your eyelashes, so jealous ♥

    I love how bright your face looks after highlighting and contouring. It seems to almost glow! I sometimes highlight with Benefit's Sun Beam, and sometimes eye shadows like Urban Decay's Foxy or Bootycall. Never really contoured before, though.

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  29. I love this. I am kind of obsessed with contouring, probably because I have such a round face. Great post :)

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  30. I've been a big fan of sculpting and highlighting recently. I just love how subtle yet absolutely beautiful it makes your face look!

    Emily x - prettypleaseprettyplease.blogspot.com

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  31. I've never done the whole full face contour before, just soft contouring with a bronzer/highlight. You look so amazing in these photos, I seriously want to try out the full contour now! xx

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    1. I think it would look so good on you! You have such a nice bone structure x

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  32. Wow beautiful job! I love it. It makes your face come alive.

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  33. that was really helpful , i saved that mapped picture of your face to use later as a guide line , i never contour ! but i wanna start getting into it ,Thanks .

    xo
    Lorina

    PinkPleaseByLorina.blogspot.com

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  34. i love this post <3
    so helpful, thanks for sharing :D

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  35. I really want to try the makeup forever sculpting kit, ive heard great things! For now I highlight and contour using my msfn in medium deep as a contour and maybelline dream matte or msfn in medium plus around my t zone to highlight. It's very minimal effort but make such a difference with a couple sweeps!

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  36. This is such a helpful post! You look amazing!

    x Isabelle

    http://isabelletakingchances.blogspot.be/

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  37. Lovely post, I love the funny face chart picture hehe. The after picture looks so natural but you can really see the difference the contouring & highlighting makes! Like you I don't do too much for an everyday look but for a special occasion I like to have fun with this :)
    xx

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  38. Such a helpful post! And that lipcolor looks great on you :)

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  39. Helpful tutorial, as always! Such a striking difference between the 'before' and 'after' shots, yet still looks quite natural. Thanks for sharing! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  40. I don't usually contour because I never know how to do it properly but this post has been so helpful :)

    Hannah x
    http://b-l-a-b.blogspot.co.uk/

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  41. I hardly ever contour and highlight but you've made me want to give it a go for fun tonight! Great post, I didn't realise I wasn't following you. All done on bloglovin!x

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  42. i feel my makeup isn't complete without contouring. it makes a huge difference! :)

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  43. Thanks so much for this post, I´ve been wanting to get contouring and highlighting products for ages but never knew where to get them. Now I know at least a few brands and will keep my eyes open for cheap alternatives in Germany :)
    xx
    www.clothesandcamera.com

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  44. This is such a great post! Clear difference between the before and after photos. I myself can not leave the house with out a bit of contour.


    Zubie's Musings

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  45. You look amazing! The contouring really gave more definition to your face.

    Kah-Feh Yen

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  46. I would love to better contour my face - I basically just use bronzer, but since my skin is so oily AND many foundations oxidize on me, I have stayed away from REAL contouring but I am definitely going to have to try it out. It looks great on you and not noticeable in a bad way. Just highlighted features. The visual was helpful!

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  47. WOwo! Thats awesome! I still havent mastered the art of contouring! I must give it another go though! You look fab!!

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  48. This is such a helpful post! Contouring can make such a massive difference!
    http://reemz-petitebeautyblogger.blogspot.co.uk/

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  49. I usually skip this step cause I am so lazy to do it everyday. I need to get a good bronzer :( xx

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  50. I love this post, you always post in great detail :) these shades suit you so well and it looks so natural too xx

    Curls and Swirls Beauty & Lifestyle

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  51. I'm such a huge fan of contouring! It really does make a huge difference! I like the MAC colour you use to contour, might have to try that out!
    I'd love it if you'd check out my blog as I'm fairly new to this blogging business so any feedback would be massively appreciated :)
    Thanks! Have a lovely day!
    Abbi x

    tellmethenewblack.blogspot.co.uk

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