Ever since I was young, I’ve dreamed of having that perfectly angular, Nathalie Portman-esque face shape – instead of the oval, chubby cheeked one I’ve been blessed with…
Ah well, you can’t have everything in life, and thanks to the gift of makeup, and the fact the Kardashians have brought contouring to the mainstream, there’s now a whole range of sculpting products on the market to help me channel my inner Kate Moss.
In the past, my main loves have been the Sleek Light Contour Palette (a great affordable option from the drugstore) or I’ve tended to just use the Benefit Hoola Bronzer as a double up of warmth and contour. Now these two are both fabulous products, but to be honest neither of them succeed in truly carving out my cheekbones.
Enter the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium. This really seems to tick every box when it comes to a contour powder. It’s the perfect grey toned brown (a contour shade shouldn’t be too warm as you’re trying to create a shadowy effect) and is a really lovely blendable formula. I like to apply it with my Charlotte Tilbury Powder and Sculpt Brush right underneath my cheekbones, down the edges of my nose, around the edges of my forehead and temples, and under my jaw line. This just adds such an effective but subtle definition to my face.
The Medium shade can be quite intense, so if you’re very pale you may prefer the shade Light. Personally I tend to stick to my Hoola Bronzer during the day, then whip this out for evenings and nights out. I’d also recommend using a light hand and brushing any excess off on the back of your hand before you apply it to your face – it’s a lot easier to add more than have to backtrack! Another tip if you do end up going a bit overboard (this happened to me on Halloween – never start doing your makeup after 2 glasses of prosecco!), is to dab a beauty blender with a tiny bit of your foundation over the top to even it all out, then go over it with your normal setting powder.
This is a luxury product, and so it is on the expensive side. I really do think it’s worth it though as it’s the best contour powder I’ve ever tried and I can already tell it’s going to last for yonks! I’ve already used it a fair few times since I bought it and it’s hardly even dented.
If you haven’t found a contour powder you’re obsessed with yet, this could be worth a try! Or at least an addition to the Christmas list…
Have any of you guys tried the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder? What did you think? And what is your favourite product to contour with?
Look out for a couple of upcoming New York themed posts coming later this week 🙂
Thanks for reading! Joanna xxx