My, What Lightly Defined Cheekbones You Have

Product: Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo

Rating: Tom Hagen

Price: $39.00

Shop It: Make Up For Ever, Sephora

New music Mondays…I’ve had this on repeat. Now I’m sharing it with you.

The Beauty:

Contouring is ALL the rage lately. While we don’t all have two hours to spare in the morning plus someone to actually apply a full face of contour, there are many products abound to help you gain light definition without looking like you’ve scrubbed dirt on your face. I have recently become obsessed with Make Up For Ever products – they have amazing brushes, smooth foundation, and heavy duty concealer that helps to hide my exhaustion with life.

I originally saw this product being used by YouTube beauty vlogger Amanda Steele (don’t worry, she’s SIXTEEN in case you were wondering how far the Youths have come in their makeup application) who has a similar, pale skin tone to mine. Seriously, she is SIXTEEN. Do you know what I was doing at sixteen? Definitely not owning a $39.00 bronzer/highlighter duo. Pretty sure I was using a mis-matched powder foundation and neon blue eye shadow. Blame the early 00s for poor fashion trends.

Anyway, I digress. Now, after seeing her tutorial I decided to grab this little product and see how it would work for a day-to-day look.

The Instruction:

Using a fan brush on the bronzer side, I apply a hint of product just below my cheekbones using the oh-so professional move of sucking in my cheeks then contouring in the hollow. From there, I apply to my jawline, a little along the hairline as well as the sides of my nose. It is super – super – light when applied.

Once I’ve adequately applied the bronze side, I move onto the highlighter which is also quite light but is actually more pigmented than the bronze side. (Hey JO – what do you mean by ‘more pigmented’? Simple: the higher the pigmentation, the more vibrant the color once applied). Using a contour brush, I apply the highlight to the tops of my cheeks, bridge of my nose, chin, cupid’s bow and forehead (uh, so you mean your face…).

Note – it’s not necessarily a rule, but I tend to always apply contour AFTER my foundation. 

The Beast:

There’s a reason this is on my Everyday Makeup Look List: the bronze is very light and you’ll really need to dig in with your brush to get a bare minimum of product. I mentioned that I use a fan brush which tends to lighten application even more so play around with what works for you but if you’re looking for a Kardashian-esque contour routine, you’ll want to skip this product.


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