|Left: no foundation! no contour! Right: Eve Lom foundation, contour using UD Naked Skin concealer and Kat Von D Shade & Light Palette. Same Lighting, Same day, just before face makeup and after.|
I figured I'd go over a few palettes I've tried as well as go into other options I've used.
I typically use a variety of things, starting with a primer (i use several different ones), followed by foundation base (either Eve Lom or Lancome Ultra Teint which i review in another post), then 2 shades lighter UD Naked Skin Weightless Concealer as a base highlight, my contour color Lancome stick, then the Shade and Light palette, followed by a couple different UD Afterglow Blushes (darker/lighter to build depth), the finish with a translucent light diffusing powder.
After hearing so many good things about Anastasia contour palettes, I gave this one a go cuz it has so many good attributes. The colors are customized to fair skin, each color can be replaced when out, and cream is great for beauty blender use (my bff). This however fell short of my hopes as after putting on my foundation and everything, not using foundation, using foundations and concealers, nothing could get these colors to show up on my skin. I might as well have not bothered putting it on. Also I truly couldn't tell the difference between any of the contour colors themselves, along with the fact that when scraping the surface, they turned out to be much darker colors than they appeared. Although that didn't make them show up any better. It was just hard to figure out what I was getting here.
Kat Von D's Shade and Light powder palette:
This is totally worth some hype. I will say this is definitely buildable color though, so it's not a dramatic difference with one sweep, but it does look super seamless over liquid foundation. I really love this, the colors work super well for my skin tone and the ability to build is really great to avoid super dark or light areas. It looks so much better than the Anastasia cream palette, and it lasts over the day better as well. I am so happy i traded in my cream palette for this.
Since I've discussed primers, foundation, and blushes in other posts, I'm gonna skip on to concealer. I've used a few over the years, but nothing is really worth mentioning except the UD Naked Skin Weightless Coverage Concealer. It's liquid as opposed to a stick, and I am in love. It blends so well!! I use this for my cream highlight before putting the powder on, and it really brightens things up without looking out of place. I personally don't use the darker colors for my contour as I prefer other options, but I do love the texture and blendability of these. Seriously though, make sure you're going two shades off your color, as most brands alternate warm and cool undertones. So if you're warm, stick with warm contour and highlights, same for if you're cool (or neutral).
Dat Contour Tho
Whole look inspired by an Ahitsrosa tutorial here.