Welcome to the second installment of my 2015 Makeup Favorites. On this post, I’m gonna talk through the face coloring I found outstanding during last year.
I’m not a fan of heavy contouring and highlighting in real life. I think it looks amazing in pictures, TV and editorial, but under daylight and in the short distance, it’s easy to see all the build-up of the color and the illusion of a contoured face remains evident.
My facial structure is pretty heavy and I have naturally strong cheekbones, but I do feel my face is quite square-esque, so I like to apply just a tiny bit of contouring powder creating a short line from right where my hairline starts and following the hollow under the cheekbone. I don’t go crazy trying to hide my jawline or forehead, I find it tricky to do naturally, and I quite like having strong features.
I had been using Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in Medium for years, and I still do, but last year I got the Smashbox Shape Matters Palette, which comes with 4 face shaping powders, and I fell in love with the contouring shade. You do have to go light handed with this one as it is very pigmented, but I find it easier to blend that the Kevyn Aucoin one, and the color is just as natural. I apply them both with MAC 168 brush.
As a contour-bronzin hybrid, my favorite is the sculpt shade in the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow. I use it in the lower part of my cheekbones, blending it upwards to give some color as I would do with a regular bronzer, but focusing on the lower part to create a more sculpted look. It is just perfect. Being it such a pigmented product, and since I use it in a bigger area, I like applying it with a fluffier brush. My choice is Real Techniques Blush Brush. This product is a cooler shade of brown with a slightly sheen to it, and makes your cheekbones look gorgeous. This duo is really expensive so I try not to use it every day, because I don’t know if I could justify repurchasing it given that I’d never use the highlighter up. But for sure I know I don’t ever want to be without it.
As for an actual bronzer, I got the Soap & Glory Solar Powder last year (it’s recently changed the packaging), and it made it to my favorites straight away. It is affordable and truly foolproof, I can never have a bad bronzer day with this product, as any excess can be easily bendable and the color is very natural. I like to apply this bronzer with my Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush, which I use because I invested in it but honestly I don’t think is worth the splurge because it sheds really badly.
A splurge that I don’t regret is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette. Both of my Ambient Lighting palettes (I don’t have the Edit one) have a spot in this post, but if I had to choose one, it would be the Blush one. These palettes might as well be the most expensive makeup products I’ve ever bought, but I think this one is fantastic and is worth every penny. My favorite blush in the palette is Mood Exposure (the shade on the right), though I never thought I’d like a plum color in my cheeks (I usually gravitate towards warmer shades). It goes with everything, blends smoothly, gives a sculpted look to the cheeks and has a very good lasting power.
My other favorite blush of 2015 is my fave Nars one: Deep Throat. I don’t really like pink shades on me, but this tends to peach, so is warm enough for me to pull off, and also looks beautiful with any kind of look. As with most of Nars blushes, the pigmentation is lovely, and the texture easily blendable.
I used to love wearing even two highlighters at the same time every day, but for some reason, I seem to have fallen out of love with them last year. I try to use it every day anyway because I want to give love to the ones I have, but I hate it when it looks obvious and I tend to go with liquid highlighter for a more natural effect. However, this is something I started doing more consistently towards the end of 2015, so none of those products are featured here now.
Instead, I’d like to talk about the Ambient Lighting Palette, also by Hourglass. I tend to avoid powder unless I’m wearing a dewy foundation to work, and in that case I use By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder because it’s hydrating and I find powders very drying and uncomfortable in my skin. But even if it’s necessary because hard work makes me sweat sometimes and I want to be ready for that, I don’t like when it hides the healthy dewiness in my face. That’s why I love the Hourglass Ambient Powders: they weren’t created to blot or to mattify, so they still look natural on the skin. I use the medium shade of the palette, Dim Light, in the centre of my face, the lightest one as a subtle highlighter on top of my cheekbones and the darkest one as a sort of natural bronzer, specially on days when I’m wearing little makeup and I wanna keep my bronzer subtle.
That’s it for my face color favorites of last year guys! I’ll bring more posts soon with my Eye and Lips favorites.