Long time no blog! It’s hard keeping a blog updated when you do the same thing for work. Work has a way of making things you used to love seem like a chore. But anyway, I am back to enlighten you and perhaps help you make better buying choices.
I have a round, shapeless face. I mean I’m sure I have cheekbones but I’ve never seen them. So this whole contouring trend had piqued my interest. At first I was attempting the look with some baked bronzer I have but I really wanted to do it right so I looked for better options.
At first I was drawn to high-end brands, as always, like the Anastasia Beverley Hills Contour Kit (which still looks amazing) but at $40 I couldn’t bring myself to buy. So I kept looking. I found a good looking one from Smashbox but again, £35 aka hella expensive. I was determined to find a kit specifically made for contouring rather than just using blush or bronzer and I stumbled upon Barry M Chiseled Cheeks Contour Kit. My experience with Barry M brand cosmetics is limited since it’s not available in the US but for £6.49 I said “what the hell” and bought it.
This stuff is painfully easy to use and it’s spelled out for you on the guide if you are completely clueless. As you can see it’s made up of 3 colors of brown in a gradient. The darkest color goes in the hollows of your cheeks and creates the illusion of depth to bring out your cheekbones. They work together to make certain parts of your face stand out more while not looking like an obvious cosmetic illusion.
All in all I really like this. The lighting in my apartment is awful so I have no photos to prove it works but really the only way it wouldn’t work is if you did it wrong. Just remember to blend, blend, blend! I use a foundation brush to apply and blend because I feel it’s the best brush suited but I’m sure an angled or kabuki brush would be fine. I would just stay away from big blush brushes. It is meant to look natural. I do wonder if a cream contour kit would be easier and more effective but for the price this is quite worth it.
One issue I have is that this kit was the only color option. What about people who aren’t, I don’t know, white? I feel like that’s a question for every cosmetics company.