Instagram Makeup | Full Face Contour, Highlight, Baking

Happy Monday! Weeee I’m super excited about today’s makeup tutorial because it’s probably my favorite makeup I’ve done on myself yet. I don’t know if it’s because I really took the time to show you contouring, highlighting, and baking, but it finished so flawlessly! I hope you all love it too! I wanted to do a tutorial on Instagram makeup. To me, this is the look that’s trending all over the insta-sphere, and it’s also a look that a lot of people hate.. its pretty polarizing. Glam girls love it but a lot of MUAs in the industry hate it for how bold and harsh it can be. Different strokes for different folks! A girl like me loves me some cake, so be prepared to watch me layer it on!! :)

Enjoy!

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Smashbox #SHAPEMATTERS Palette | Review & Swatches!

Contouring is here to stay which means the contour kits will forever be rolling out and evolving. Can’t say I’m mad at that! Smashbox released their #SHAPEMATTERS palette this Fall as a permanent member of their product line – yay! I hate when great products are limited edition. This is such a unique palette that really covers (almost) all of the bases: Brows, Contour, Highlight, & Eyes. While I hope Smashbox expands this palette to fair, medium, and dark to properly cater to everyone, I do still think this is a great palette especially if you are a gal that travels quite a bit or are new to makeup because it covers so much. You’ll just have to supply your own blush & lip color! I love all-in-one grab n go products!

This set contains Smashbox’ brow tech wax perfect for keeping those brow hairs in place and helping the brow powder adhere for maximum definition. I love that it has a little protective cover to keep from getting dirty. There are also two brow tech powders (Taupe & Soft Brown), again I would love to see a range of shades for this palette; I had to use soft brown with a bit of the brown eyeshadow (Sumatra) to fill in my brows. There are three contour products (Contour, Bronze, & Highlight) as well as a “Glow” powder. I love everything except the contour powder because it simply isn’t dark enough for my skintone (or contour-preference). The bronze powder is perfect for adding color and glow to my hairline and cheekbones and I absolutely love Highlight under my eyes because you know I love them bright! I use the highlighter, Glow, on the tops of the apples of my cheeks to make them appear more rounded and plump. Beautiful powders. The 9 eyeshadows included in this set are some of Smashbox’ best selling shades, they are neutral, warm, and safe – a perfect addition or starting point to every girl’s kit!

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Pixi Natural Contour Powder | Shape & Shadow

Get a super-natural shaded effect with this luxe contouring powder. Easy-to-use formula enhances your natural features, creating definition when swept into the hollows of the cheeks, under the jawline, down the sides of the nose and in the crease of the eye. The formula is packed with peptides, a multi-vitamin complex, plus aloe vera, super fruit and coffee extracts to further enhance & nourish the complexion.

Anyone in a love affair with makeup within the past 5 years most likely loves to contour, I know I do! I’ve tried so many different powders over the years and am constantly changing up my routine. I swing between warm and cool, usually mixing the two and now I realize what I needed all along was a neutral-toned contour powder. I began using Pixi’s Natural Contour Powder last week and haven’t been able to stop myself from reaching for it. The powder is definitely dark, so I’m not sure if it would fare well on your fair-skinned ladies as I can only speak from personal experience; but it is a universal powder so perhaps all you need is a light hand. I layer upon layer upon layer ;)

I would describe the color as a grey-brown but it doesn’t appear ashy at all, it literally looks like a natural shadow creating a very naturally contoured look even after I build mine up as dramatic as possible. Natural & contour… you’d think that’d be an oxymoron. If you love MAC’s Blunt, you will love this! I haven’t touched Blunt in forever because it’s very easy to go overboard with it but I found myself reaching for it to pair with this.. I first contour with Pixi and then very close & tight to my ear I hollow my cheek even further with Blunt. I love the two together! Should I do an updated contour video?!

You can purchase this online at Target for easy store pickup or for a few dollars more shipped to you via Amazon!

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Be a Glow Getter

Happy Monday! If you guys keep up with me on social media, I’m sure you saw I was in New York City last month shooting with Guerlain, what an honor! Guerlain is simply iconic. They launched the first bronzer over 30 years ago, so believe me when I say that they know glow. The Terracotta line has grown so much over the years to include glow getter powders in so many different finishes and shades to achieve different kinds of glow: a classic bronzed glow or a natural, healthy glow. Offering a little something for everyone the Terracotta bronzers are available in natural matte finishes as well as a shimmery finish for that extra sparkle.

Think about in what moment you’re always told that you’re glowing, and then we can figure out how to replicate that magic. For me, my husband always tells me that I’m most radiant when I wake up in the morning. While I, a glam girl, might not fully agree – I’m sure he’s on to something and in that case beauty rest must be a real thing! The hustle, bustle, and stresses of the day slowly chip away at the glow I wake up with, so I have to fake it while still achieving a healthy and natural finish.… View Post

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