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Contouring & Highlighting Like Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian Contouring

No one contours and highlights like Kim Kardashian, like she is the Queen Mother of the technique. If she released a contour kit today, it will sell out instantly, because herself and her makeup team know their onions as far as contouring and highlighting are concerned. So don’t be surprised if a Kim Kardashian Kontour Kit pops anytime from now. Kim I know you Google yourself, so if you are reading this, get in there and cash in.

Now this makeup technique has been around forever, we just didn’t have a name for it until some years ago. Thanks to social media and reality TV, contouring is now a big deal. Just like weaves and cornrows have been around for centuries, only for the Kardashians to think they discovered it by naming it Boxer Braids, same thing with contour and highlight.

The simple definition of contouring and highlighting is shading areas where you would like to reshape or define, with a product (could be a contour kit, blush, foundation or concealer) that is 2 shades darker than the natural skin tone, to contour and another that is 2 shades lighter than the natural skin tone to highlight. Areas like the nose, cheekbones, forehead and chin, are the usual spots. Highlighting balances contouring by drawing attention to the parts of your face that naturally catch the light, like the top of your cheekbones, around the eyes, chin and forehead.

Back in the day, this makeup skill was done with foundations, blush and concealers, but now we have the contour kits around. I am no pro, but I still contour with my blush, foundation and concealer, I have various shades of them, so it works perfectly for me. However some makeup artists and celebrities are against the contour and highlight technique, they see it as unnatural. Bobbi Brown does not hide the fact that she is against the technique, as she sees it as unnatural.

“I don’t get this whole contouring thing. I think I’m probably the only makeup artist who feels this way. And I know some of my artists contour with my products and don’t tell me about it. But contouring just says that there’s something wrong with the way you look. I like to enhance natural beauty and not try to change someone.” – Bobbi Brown

I see where she is coming from, many fo us have overboard with the contour and highlight technique, we are hardly recognisable these days. However, I do like it when it is done correctly and in moderation.

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Here are 5 contour and highlight tips I have learnt along the way –

 

Foundations, Blushes & Concealers Do The Job

Foundations and concealesr do the job perfectly. I use them in various shades, for various parts of my makeup, and I have had no reason to cough out more money for a contour kit. I think the whole contour kit marketing is a ploy to make us spend more money buying a different version of what we have already in our makeup bags.

 

It is All in The Blend

The perfect contour and highlight would look a mess without the right blending. At the moment, I use a blending brush and a regular cheap sponge to blend, but I am contemplating getting one of those fancy blending sponges, I see around. Have you use any blending sponge you can vouch for?

 

Contouring The Cheekbones

If you are not sure where to contour with the cheekbones, try sucking in your cheeks, to see exactly where to put the contour line.

 

Open Your Eyes

Add a dot of a cream highlighter or concealer in the inner corner of the eyes and blend in. Then add a dab of cream highlighter or concealer on the brow bone and in a V-shape on the forehead, between the eyebrows, and blend in.

 

Don’t Forget Your Neck

Don’t forget your neck when blending in. Make sure the tone fits in with your face.

 

What do you think of contouring and highlighting? Do you have any tips to share?

 

 

 

 

 

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No Apologies For Being Black

Nykhor Paul, a South Sudanese Model has had enough. She is tired of apologizing for her blackness.

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In a recent Instagram post, the super model shares her thoughts on racism in the fashion industry:

Dear white people in the fashion world!
Please don’t take this the wrong way but it’s time you people get your shit right when it comes to our complexion! Why do I have to bring my own makeup to a professional show when all the other white girls don’t have to do anything but show up WTF! Don’t try to make me feel bad because I am blue-black.  Its 2015, go to Mac, Bobbi Brown, Makeup Forever, Iman cosmetic, Black Opal, even Lancôme and Clinique carried them plus so much more. There’s so much options our there for dark skin tones today. A good makeup artist would come prepare and do their research before coming to work because often time you know what to expect especially at a show! Stop apologizing it’s insulting and disrespectful to me and my race it doesn’t help, seriously! Make an effort at least! That goes for NYC, London, Milan, Paris and Cape Town plus everywhere else that have issues with black skin tones. Just because you only book a few of us doesn’t mean you have the right to make us look ratchet. I’m tired of complaining about not getting book as a black model and I’m definitely super tired of apologizing for my blackness!!!! Fashion is art, art is never racist it should be inclusive of all not only white people, shit we started fashion in Africa and you modernize and copy it! Why can’t we be part of fashion fully and equally?

What do you guys think? Share your thoughts.

Product Review: Bobbi Brown Rich Colour Angel Pink Lipgloss

I have been using this Bobbi Brown Rich Colour Angel Pink lipgloss for some months and I am now able to give my honest opinion. Here is what Bobbi Brown says about the product:

Rich Color Gloss has the full color coverage of a lipstick, the soft shine of a gloss, and the luxurious feel of a balm. It moisturizes, conditions, and lasts throughout the day without feathering.

Bobbi Brown Rich Colour Lipgloss

Here are my thoughts:

PROS

  • Beautiful packaging.
  • Lipgloss is glossy but not sticky.
  • It moisturizes the lips.
  • It is a long lasting lipgloss

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CONS

  • It is quite expensive at £18.50 for a 7ml.
  • This Angel Pink lipgloss does not have the coverage of a lipstick when I apply it. It looks like a lipgloss to me, which it is.
  • It has a strong minty smell I really don’t like much.

Overall, I love Bobbi Brown lipglosses. I have been a fan for years so I will be trying other lipgloss shades in the Rich Colour range till I find the perfect one.

What do you think? Have you used any of the lipglosses from Bobbi Brown Rich Colour range? Sound off in the comment section pls. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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