Contouring palettes have skyrocketed over the last year – if your favourite brand doesn’t already have one out, it’s likely on its way. The options are endless now and frankly, a little overwhelming.
Cream or powder? Two shades or six? Special brushes or use what you have? It’s hard to know where to start especially when the process of contouring itself is so controversial. Maybe you’re thinking about incorporating it into your beauty routine, but feel like by playing around with it you’re exploring totally foreign territory. Fear not friends – I have the perfect entry-level product.
Stila Cosmetics has gotten on the contouring bandwagon, but they’ve given us something that’s a little less daunting than some of the alternatives currently on the market. The new Shape & Shade Custom Contour Duos offer a cream contouring and highlighting product in three shades – Light, Medium and Dark.
Normally I’m not a fan of sorting women’s skin tones into such broad categories, but when it comes to contouring it’s easier to get away with since it usually gets blended away with your regular foundation over top. I used the duo in Light and while I found the highlighting shade could have been brighter, I’m a very fair person who would need a practically white shade to truly highlight à la Kim K. The contouring shade, on the other hand, was great for me.
Part of the trick to contouring without looking like a zoo animal is effective tools. Stila’s also released the Shape & Shade Custom Contour Brush to use along with the product, a dual-ended tool with a flat head brush and angled brush on either end. I’m officially obsessed – it works like a dream with the product. It seamlessly sculpts and offers a finish that ultimately leads to a natural look. In addition to the brush, contouring couldn’t be done without a beauty blender so I definitely recommend having one on hand.
The duo comes with a handy guide on contouring if you’re unsure where to start, so I decided to use the guide for round faces as a reference. Using the flat end of the brush, I applied the contouring shade as directed and the highlighting shade with the angled end. Under my eyes I used Benefit’s Fake Up concealer since I need something more hydrating there. Looks a little scary, right? That’s what the beauty blender is for! Note: I only applied on one half of my face to start for comparison.
After the contouring, I took my usual foundation and applied over top with my damp beauty blender. The first photo is with Stila’s duo, the second is without. Subtle yet noticeable difference, no?
That’s why I’m so impressed with this product. It applies easily, I love the cream finish, it blends well and overall leaves behind a natural yet sculpted look even with just two shades. The brush makes a huge difference too, so I definitely suggest checking it out if you’re looking to try.
With a little blush and brow filler, your look is totally complete. The duo comes in at $52.00 and the brush at $59.00. Both can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale and Murale.ca starting this month.