I feel pretty confident in my abilities to highlight and contour with subtlety using powder products, but until recently, I did not feel the same about liquid and cream contouring products.
Every time I would try to contour with any formulas other than powder, I felt like my makeup looks way too caked on. While I think a heavy highlight and contour has great applications for photography and can really transform the appearance of the face, I am more into enhancing the features about my face that I already like.
I recently came across ColorCorrect from Susan Posnick and discovered they were just what I needed to achieve the look I want.
These pencils are dual-ended and meant for concealing and brightening the under-eye area. I’m pretty loaded up on regular concealers, so I decided to repurpose them for highlighting and contouring.
The formula on these pencils is very creamy, and they provide a nice amount of coverage. Since they are so creamy, I’ve found that I have a good amount of time to blend before the product sets, which makes it ideal for contouring and highlighting. I've also found that if I get too heavy-handed with them, I can still blend them out pretty easily before I set everything with powder. This is HUGE to me because usually I have to go back in with more foundations to fix my mistakes, which only adds to that caked-on look.
Typically, I start with the stick in shade C3 and use the brightening end to highlight underneath my eyes, along the center of my forehead, and down the center of my nose. Then, I use the brightening shade on the stick in shade C4 to contour my cheekbones, the outer edges of my forehead, my jawline, and a tiny bit of my nose.
I blend everything out with a beautyblender and end up with a nice, subtle contour. If I want to up the intensity, I’ll sometimes add the darker shade on C4 to my cheekbone contour for some more definition.
I’m so glad to have found something that works well for my contouring skill level!
Have you tried stick/pencil formulas for highlighting and contouring?