Hey everyone and welcome to my first attempt at cream contouring! In my latest video, I try the popular Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit (in the “Medium” shades) to see if it’s a boom or bust. I unbox it, do a demo, and discuss why the notorious stiffness of the creams in this palette is actually a GOOD thing. Watch above for the demo.
I’ve had previous experience with powder contouring and highlighting, as well as contour sticks, so I wanted to see how I’d like cream contouring. The verdict? I love it and I love this palette! Read below for my review.
UPDATE: Since recording this video, I’ve worked this palette into my daily routine. I no longer use my fingers to apply the creams, as shown in the video. Instead, I’ve been exclusively using two separate Beautyblenders to apply and blend my cream contour / highlight. The diagram below shows how I use the two Beautyblenders with this palette:
Note: There are no significant differences between the two Beautyblenders. I just like having the black one for applying richer shades and the pink one for lighter shades.
Get the look for less: NYX Cosmetics Wonder Stick ($14.00 CAD)
Want an alternative contour and highlight method? I recommend this NYX Cosmetics Wonder Stick. It’s a dual-ended cream stick: one end has a contour shade, the other a highlight shade (though it’s got a fair amount of shimmer in it, so I’d stick to using it for strobing as opposed to a general highlighting). I use the “Universal” shade because it’s a nice yellow-brown with a pinkish undertone, which keeps my contour from looking too orange.
Products used in the video:
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit
- The Original Beautyblender
- Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer
- Sephora Collection Perfecting Ultra-Smoothing Primer
- Sephora Pro Angled Contour Brush #75
- Nose contour: MAC Eyeshadow in “Cork”
- Strobe: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in “Superb” (no longer available, but “Soft & Gentle” is a good alternative)
- Lipstick: Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in “104”
Thanks for checking out this video and review. I truly appreciate all the support, especially on my videos, which I put a lot of thought and time into. If you’re curious as to what my process is, a coworker of mine requested I do a li.st of seven things I ask myself before posting a beauty tutorial to YouTube. I thought it would be good to share here to give you a sense of why I create these videos and why I take time before hitting “Publish”.
This inspired me to finally let people in on all the reasons I have this blog — reasons I thought would be picked up on through subtle hints in my content, before I realized, “No. It’s time to be explicit about why I do this.”
1. The first truth is I don’t really care that much about style, beauty, or fashion. But I care about capturing it and capturing it well.
I was inspired to start this blog after seeing the beautiful photography work on Jennifer Grace’s style blog, Native Fox. All I wanted was to aspire to take beautiful outfit shots like this and this of other people. Then I remembered how much of a control freak I am and that if you want to get things done right, you have to do them yourself.
So I decided to be the subject of my own photography — of course with the help of anyone kind enough to hold my camera (usually my boyfriend or my mom) and hit the shutter button after I’ve painfully set up every shot (haha, oops, sorry guys).
With that, makeup and fashion just happened to be 1) areas I have a fair amount of knowledge and experience in; and 2) great mosaics of colour and flair for a camera to capture. And thus, Brash & Brilliant was born.
2. But the second and more important truth is that I find it really discouraging whenever I hear the following:
- “Makeup should be about making you look younger.”
- “Makeup should look natural.”
- “Makeup should make you look less tired or look like you don’t even have makeup on.”
- “It’s the office ~or~ it’s a dark venue — who are you trying to impress?”
- “She looks completely different without makeup on.” (OK, so? Different means inherently worse/better? Man, that’s rough.)
- “You wear makeup to meet patriarchal expectations.” (LOL, girl, bye. Pretty sure I experiment with makeup for myself, thank you.)
I do not agree with those statements at all. We should not be makeup-shamed. Makeup is a legitimate area of interest, a hobby, an art form, and — for many — a necessity. Should we really take those things away from people? You wouldn’t ask a painter why he or she bothers painting even when there aren’t people around to see it. They paint because that’s what they enjoy to do. On that same note, makeup is whatever you want it to be and we should encourage each other to explore it however we choose — not bring each other down for “not looking natural” or “having too much of it on” or “looking unrecognizable without it.”
Over the next little while I’ll be updating the messaging in the About sections of this blog to more accurately express these thoughts and feelings of mine, my true motives for style blogging. But for now, I leave you with my mission statement:
Hey friends! I’m Jes and welcome to my style blog, Brash & Brilliant. I’m a strong believer in style being whatever YOU want it to be. I work as a writer and web producer in Toronto, Canada, and along with my experiencing in storytelling and producing high-quality visuals, I strive for everything I create to be inclusive. Don’t let anyone hold you back with words like, “Makeup should be…” or “Fashion is supposed to be…” I invite you to join me in embracing your own definition of style, sharing love, acceptance, and appreciation for yourself and others, and welcoming everyone in a fun, creative, and self-expressive environment for all! ♥
Again, thank you so much for stopping by. Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! xo