I’m starting to get a little excited about Christmas, and of course all of the social gatherings and festivities that come with it. I love make-up and think winter is a great time to go a little heavier, plus in the colder months it’s also the perfect time to practice while you’re hauled up indoors keeping warm. Contouring was the trend of then year, and is oh so appropriate for your party look, so here are my top four options suitable for a range of budgets.
Seventeen Define & Conquer £5.99
The most budget friendly on my list, this cheerful compact by Boots’ brand Seventeen offers two shades; one for enhancing contours and one for adding highlight. The powders are soft to apply and easy to blend, with no shimmer in the highlighting colour, so for strobing you’ll need an additional product, but for day-to-day enhancing of your cheekbones, you can’t go wrong with this palette. Bonus points for including a decent mirror within the packaging too.
Smashbox step-by-step Contour Kit £35
Two products up next from Smashbox, and this first powder compact includes three powders to contour, bronze and highlight. With better staying power than the former product, this cult product can be used confidently, knowing that the colour will see you through day, into night. I thought the ‘universal’ shades may be a little on the dark side for me, but it’s an easily buildable product which made application easy – and not scary at all.
Smashbox step-by-step Contour Stick Trio £35
I was so excited to these when they first hit the shops and love the idea of the almost child-like crayola style sticks for adding contours. For those that prefer cream to powder these will become a firm favourite. Each stick offers a soft slick of colour which is super easy to swipe across cheeks, done your nose, and to scribble into temples. A must-have for this is a Beauty Blender sponge for blending seamlessly together.
Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze & Glow £49
My absolute fave when it comes to contouring, the Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze & Glow palette is the holey grail of natural looking contours. So, so easy to get just the right amount of product, with no tide marks or harsh lines, i’ve found it’s suitable for a wide range of skintones too, though a darker palette is now available too (this is medium to light). Read my full review here.
Finally, you’ll need a decent set of brushes for all this artistry, and you can’t get much better bang for your buck than with Real Techniques, and just look how pretty the Bold Metals collection is!