A Natural Cream Contoured Look

Thursday, August 08, 2013 Holly 24 Comments

 I love reading about the way other girls do their makeup, so thought it would be nice to share how I do mine- in particular how I contour using cream blush & bronzer. I am so so so nervous to upload this, I still don't know whether I'm going to 100% post it or not. Purely because the photos are so up close and personal & it's practically inviting someone to pick on me for how I do my makeup! As always, I'm not claiming to be a makeup artist, doing makeup is just something I enjoy.

I think that using creams to contour gives a much more natural look, still bronzed and cheek-boney but easy to wear and much less obvious than powders. A down side is that it doesn't seem to last as long (for me anyway) but that's possibly because I'm only using an Elf Havana Blush & Bronze Duo, nothing fancy.

Before
 
Here I have just applied my foundation and every-day winged liner. I've filled in my brows and have applied one coat of mascara. On my lips is MACs Crème Cup (the one I reviewed yesterday). My makeup is only simple because I was only popping to the shops to buy the latest Glamour Magazine (I swear I always end up mentioning Glamour Mag in a post!).
 
 
During

 
Okay this looks kind of scary, and must seem so intimidating if you've never seen contouring with creams before, but I promise you it works!
(Google Kim Kardashian contouring)
 
All I have done is used the edge of a normal foundation brush to create a line underneath my cheek bones, this will blend to act as a shadow emphasising them and making them appear more bold & high. I've also added bronzer to my temples, this will be blended to create a more tanned complexion. Finally, bronzer-wise I have created two lines on the sides of my nose, this will blend to make it appear more thin and longer. I don't usually take this step when contouring, as I have kind of a squibby nose & it looks so weird in photos, but I've done it just for the sake of the post!
 
The next step is to blend the blusher that you will have placed above the line of bronzer, I tend to make this line significantly more thick and longer than the bronzer. This will blend out to give you that natural colour to your face and a dewy glow.
 
You can also add highlighter above the bronzer and blush, but I tend to favour powder highlighter as I feel like it's more effective.
 



Finished Look
 
So here is my finished look, it's definitely something that's subtle, I hope you can tell what I've done! These simple contouring steps take me literally two minutes, perfect for popping to the shops, work or even school.
 
 
Have any of you tried cream contouring?

Let me know if you want to see more posts like this, or whether I should just stick to my usual stuff!
 
 
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24 comments:

  1. Ahh you look lovely! Your makeup looks flawless. I really need to learn how to contour, I was eyeing up the ELF duo you mentioned the other day. And I love Glamour, it's pretty much the only magazine I read haha xx

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    1. Aw thankyou! :) yeah it was ony like 3.75! :) It's worth getting & contouring does so much to a face! Glamour Magazine is so good, especially for the price! Thankyou for the comment! :) xx

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  2. Oh wow you look soooooooo beautiful! Well you do without the contouring, but it's incredible :))) xxxxx

    Gemma ♥ | Ɱiss Ɱakeup Ɱagpie

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    1. Awww wow, that's a huge compliment!! thank you! The miracles of makeup eh!?

      Love your blog!
      Thank you for commenting :)

      Holly xx

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  3. Ah thank you, I didn't know elf had made a cream bronzer!! :D I've been thinking about getting one for a long time! what do you use to blend it? :) x

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    1. It's definitely worth buying, I should have put a photo up.. the packagain is very similar to NARS! I've used my Real Techniques brush dupe that I got from ebay for £1.99.. I have written a post with a link to the seller so take a look!

      Thankyou for commenting!

      Holly xx

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  4. You're stunning!!!! Lovely technique, cream contouring is something I wanna get into! Xx

    H @ Higher&Haya

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    1. Aw wow thank you! Cream contouring is unbelievably easy. You'd pick it up so easily!

      Thanks for your comment!

      Holly xx

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  5. Im the same, I hate uploading close up face photos, i have a horrible face, whereas you, have a stunning face so show it off. If you've got it flaunt it. You are naturally stunning. Looking forward to stalking more of your blog!

    Lotsaaa love, Em xx

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    1. Yeah, it's awful so personal- I hate the thought of a huge image of my face on someone's screen haha! Thank you, you're so lovely! You are very pretty & have an amazing style ( I stalk your blog also!)

      Love Holly x

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  6. You are beautiful and this look is as well :) XOXO Anna

    www.fashionanna.com

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    1. awww that's so sweet, thank you so much- glad you liked the post!

      Holly xx

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  7. This is very interesting Holly!
    I swear I just grab the brush and do something different every time - you have inspired me to be a little more careful :)
    Your blog is beautiful - very professional.
    If you get time please check mine out:
    http://bffabulous.blogspot.co.uk/

    Bex xx

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    1. Ah I'm glad you enjoyed it. It's amazing all of the tricks you can do if you just put makeup in the right places!

      I'm looking forward to taking a look at your blog!

      Holly xx

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  8. I think the result became good!
    And you're so pretty :-)

    Thanks for your comment.

    Stop by anytime:
    Http://katrinelionett.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thankyou! You're welcome too!

      Holly xx

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  9. You're gorgeous! I think you did a really great job of it, gotta admit though, the 'during photos' made me a bit concerned haha. It looks really natural :)

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    1. Thank you, your comment was really lovely! xxx

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  10. Ive never used cream to contour before, seems effective though maybe i will give it a go :)

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    1. Yes you really should, it's so cheap and easy but can completely change your face shape xx

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  11. Weird question but is there a certain direction you blend in? Always been jealous of your contoured cheeks!! Xxx

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    1. blend upwards in circular motions!!xxx

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