The Ultimate Sculpting Kit

Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Series Contour Kit

This palette of six sculpting and highlighting powders has caused a cyber-space furore, but don’t worry lovers, now you too can be the proud owner of razor-sharp cheekbones (I can hear the supermodels quaking in their stilettos). With both matte and sateen textures, this pro palette is perfect for emphasising your assets – eyes, cheekbones, nose and jawline – creating believably natural, grey-toned shadows where you want them, and exaggerating the ‘3D’ quality of your features. From chiselling cheeks to streamlining larger-than-you’d-like noses, it’s a make-up maven must-have!

The formula of the matte shades runs very smooth, they’re pigmented but not scarily so – and they’re really blendable too. Starting at the top right we have the matte baby pink along with the matte yellow – I’ve been using these under my eyes to set concealer and brighten up the face. They’re exactly what I’ve been looking for as something like a normal setting powder is too heavy under the eyes and starts to crease, plus my normal setting powder looks too dark under my eye area. There’s one shimmer shade at the top left which isn’t my favourite, it’s quite frosty and I far prefer my shimmer highlighters to be on the golden side.

Onto the contour row, the left and middle shades are the cool tones of the three, especially the middle. These are what you’d look to to create a fake shadow and really enhance the cheekbone. I’ve been using them with a smaller brush and just placing the product in the hollows of my cheekbones. The shade to the far right acts as a bronzer, warm and subtle, so I like to take a big fluffy brush and sweep this along my temples and down my cheeks.

All in all the best contour palette out there. And with the option to switch out the shades with the shades in the contour book it’s customisable too! 

With this palette you can contour like a pro – it contains six shades of neutral shadow, to help you put your best face forward. For contouring newbies, the premise is to create depth by ‘colouring in’ shadows, then brightening the ‘high points’ of your face where light would naturally strike – cheeks, chin, forehead and bridge of the nose.

Celebrities rely heavily on contouring to help them look younger, leaner and more ‘cheek-boned’ in photographs. You wouldn’t believe the difference just a little bit of artful contour application can achieve –defining, streamlining and creating the illusion of perfect symmetry. Get practising girls, this is one craze that’s certainly here to stay…


The Killer Duo

Contouring is my best friend, not only because I love seeing such a visible result, but because it has a the ability to transform my big round face into something a bit my aesthetically pleasing. And with conturing, comes highlighting. Naturally the only thing to do was to have a killer duo from the same product family. Enter Mr Kevyn Aucoin…

Contouring– Now I’ve tried a multitude of cream and powder products, but nothing has ever got me as interested and hooked as the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium. If you haven’t tried it, then you’re seriously missing out on a good one here! I’ve found that the easiest place to source Kevyn’s goods is Space NK, which is fast becoming my second home (I’m on first name terms with the sales assistants).
The sculpting powder ticks every single box – it’s blend able, subtle, and the right mix of cool toned grey and brown shades which creates a natural shadow to the hollows of the face.

Applied under the cheekbones and chin, onto the temples,and down the jawline and sides of the nose, you’ll end up with a perfectly sculpted model-esque face. I’ve never manages to over apply this product – I use the Real Techniques Duo-Fibre Contouring Brush and find it picks up and deposits just the right amount of product onto the face. It’s so natural that I doubt others can tell the difference, but that’s the point. When I look in the mirror I see a much more defined set of cheekbones and that for me.. is enough.

The only problem I have with this product is that it’s too good. I use it every day, and not only as a contouring powder, but as an eyeshadow too, it’s the most beautiful crease shadow that deposits a lovely subtle shadow and now, my eyelids feel naked without it.

Highlighting – For this, Kevyn delivers the goods again, the Celestial Powder in Candlelight is like a candle lit glow in a product. Its gorgeous and elegant which imparts a subtle, but noticeable glow. Applied to the forehead, cheeks, temples, chin and even décolleté it’s a top highlighting offering. The pearl powder gives an ultra-light shimmer without looking glittery and obvious, and with a warm apricot tone running through it, it gives a whisper of colour ideal for all complexion tones. Again, this is also perfect as an eyeshadow, just watch you don’t fall into the same trap as me.. because you’ll never be able to use anything else!