I've dabbled here and there with contour palettes over the last couple of years, but being fair skinned, it's been pretty hard to find ones that have a selection of shades that actually work with my skintone. Even if I find one with nice taupe-browns that are light enough for my contour, there's usually never a highlight included that's light enough (aka a white highlighter). Plus, I'd much prefer if a contour palette comes with a blush as well, but that seems to be pretty rare.
So you can guess my excitement when I finally came across the contour palette with ALL of that! This contour palette from AnaV Beauty has the perfect light contour shades (although there are darker ones too if you prefer), a beautiful soft pink blush, and lighter highlight shades including a white pan for highlighting or all-over powder. The pans are all huge, so you're really getting your bang for your buck, too!
My favourite brushes to use are all from Real Techniques, which you can find at London Drugs stores. They're great quality, and last really well too. For contouring, blush and highlighting, I use their Blush Brush, and two of the brushes from their Core Collection.
Get a closer look at the palette and how I use it below!
The must-have brushes:
I fell in love with Real Techniques brushes a couple of years ago now, after picking them up from London Drugs. They're all I use now! From left to right are my Blush Brush, Buffing Brush, and Contour Brush. The handles fit really nicely in your hand without slipping, and I find the bristles very delicate and soft, and apply very smoothly.
Step 1 - The Contour:
I use the top right shade in the AnaV Beauty contour palette for my contour. Using my brush, I make the "fish face" first to find the hollow part under my cheekbone, and then work the brush up under my cheekbone. To make sure I don't have two defined stripes down my cheeks, I also work the brush up my temples a bit and blend into the side of my forehead. Think of it as a "3" motion, up your cheek to your temple, and from temple to forehead.
Step 2 - The Highlight:
I use the white powder on the top left of the palette to brighten up key spots on my face. I use this smaller brush to do a quick swipe along the top of each cheekbone, above the contour. If I feel like taking it a step further, sometimes I'll also add a bit along the ridge of my nose.
Step 3 - The Blush:
Ah I'm so glad this palette has a blush included. And not just any blush, but the perfect subtle, soft pink that goes on super natural but gives the perfect amount of flush. Using my favourite Blush Brush, I do a big grin to make the apples of my cheeks more prominent before sweeping a bit of blush (the middle bottom powder) onto them.
The Final Look:
You can definitely amp up the look if you want something more dramatic, but I love the subtle look of more defined cheekbones and natural-looking flushed cheeks, with just a dash of highlighter glow. Perfect for every day!
Contour Palette - c/o AnaV Beauty | BB Cream - Missha Perfect Cover No. 13 | Eyeliner - Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner | Mascara - Covergirl Plumpify Mascara | Lipstick - Tiana Lipstick by AVB
Happy Styling! xo