Holiday Gift Guide for Beauty Bombshells

If you have a beauty bombshell to buy for this holiday season, I have ten products that will make you her most favorite person ever. I’ve got five picks for cosmetics and five picks for body products, with something for every budget, whether you want to splurge or save. (Items under $50 are marked SAVE, and those over $50 are marked SPLURGE.) (Some items PR samples; affiliate links)

Paula's Choice

Paula’s Choice

1.  Start with the eyes and go for the Paula’s Choice Nude Matte Eyeshadow Palette (SAVE!  $40). This eyeshadow palette is a perfect choice for EVERYONE.  All the shades are matte and they range from light ivory to deep black, each shade a staple that should be in every makeup stash. This palette takes eyes from morning coffee to evening nightcap. Paula’s Choice teamed with Youtube star Wayne Goss to create this slim, chic palette of truly outstanding eyeshadows – I love this palette so much I’m on my second one, and I’ve purchased several to give as gifts.

GRANDElashes

2.  Give the gift of gorgeous lashes with a GrandeLASH Enhancer System that also comes with a free mirror (SPLURGE! $130)  ure, you could go with just a mascara to help that beauty bombshell create long lashes, but why not go even bigger with this trio from GrandeLASH? This set has a 3 month supply of  GrandeLASH-MD to encourage luscious lashes; GrandeLINER to enhance lashes plus give definition; and GrandeMASCARA for major volume and length. Plus, a beautiful GrandeBLING Mirror will help her admire those gorgeous lashes. Even better, right now you can get 20% OFF Any Holiday Gift Set with the Promo Code HOLIDAY20, which is good until 12/31/15.

Josie Maran Enlightenment Illuminizer

Josie Maran Enlightenment Illuminizer

3.  A great stocking stuffer for that ‘holiday glow’ is the Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer (SAVE! $26)  This is a gorgeous luminizer that gives skin a great halo of radiance. It is terrific on its own, and it turns any moisturizer or foundation into an instant illuminizer. The Champagne shade works with all skin colors, giving a healthy glow that any cosmetics aficionado will love. The Argan Oil is a terrific hydration boost for skin, too.

Cover FX

4. The budget-conscious beauty bombshell will really appreciate the Cover-FX Custom Cover Drops (SAVE!  $44), a bottle of concentrated pigment that turns any moisturizer, serum, or primer into a foundation. She can also add a few drops to turn any tinted moisturizer or sheer coverage foundation into full coverage.
 Kismet Liquid Lipsticks
 5.  Put luscious lips under the tree with Kismet Cosmetics The Succulent Collection:  6 Liquid Lipsticks (SPLURGE!  $120). These highly pigmented, creamy, long-lasting lippies are a lip junkies dream. The Succulent Collection has every color needed from neutral nude to burgundy red. They are highly pigmented, creamy, and long-lasting.
Tatcha Pure One Step Camelia Cleansing Oil

Tatcha Pure One Step Camelia Cleansing Oil

6.  She will love the gift of Tatcha Pure One Step Camelia Cleansing Oil (SAVE!  $48) first because of the exquisite packaging.  Then she will really love it because it’s the best – and easiest to use – cleansing oil out there. Just massage this oil into dry skin, then add a tiny bit of warm water for some lather. It rinses off cleanly and leaves absolutely no trace of makeup behind, yet skin is soft and moist. It’s like a Christmas miracle. Right now, Tatcha has a very cool offer for a free cosmetics pouch when you purchase 3 travel size items. Make the Pure One Step Camelia Cleansing Oil one of the three items (my other recs – Classic Rice Enzyme Powder and Soothing Triple Recovery Cream) and you’ll have a gorgeous travel set for that beauty bombshell.

Karin Herzog 7 Creams of the Week Set

7.  Give her the gift of seven days of skin care treatments with this truly impressive skin care collection from Karin Herzog, The 7 Creams of the Week (SPLURGE! $100). Any true bombshell beauty will swoon over this luxurious six-week system that has a different facial cream for each day of the week — kind of like a skin care version of the ‘day of the week’ underwear!

Repechage Vita Cura Triple Action Foaming Seaweed Bath

Repechage Vita Cura Triple Action Foaming Seaweed Bath

8. True luxury is found with the Repechage Vita Cura Triple Action Foaming Seaweed Bath (SPLURGE! $50). It’s already gift wrapped and holiday ready. Fifty dollars sounds like a lot for a bath oil, but this is a HUGE bottle and ingredients include seaweed harvested from the fresh seawaters off the Brittany Coast of France. The wonderfully clean scented bath oil has 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids and 42 trace elements and minerals for silky smooth skin.

Farmaesthetics Cinnamon Girl

Farmaesthetics Cinnamon Girl

Farmaesthetics Cinnamon Girl

Farmaesthetics Cinnamon Girl

9.  She will love getting a body beautiful with the Farmaesthetics Cinnamon Girl Set (SAVE! $39 ). Inside the pretty gift box are five fabulous body exfoliators:  Handmade Rainwater, Rose & Cinnamon Soap,  organic rose petals that you can  brew into a bath time tea with the included cinnamon stickSweet Soy, Geranium & Rose Bath & Beauty Oil that mixes with the Cinnamon Rose Body Scrub to make an exfoliating paste that removes dead skin and hydrates wonderfully. This is a truly impressive gift that she is going to LOVE.

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter

Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter

10.  A terrific treat for hydrated, sweet-smelling skin is Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter (SAVE! $35). Body butters can be heavy and sticky, but this beautifully whipped concoction is creamy and light. The beauty bombshell will be thrilled with the 100% Pure Argan Oil inside, and your gift will be unique thanks to the unusual scent combinations. I absolutely love Honeysuckle Vanilla, but you can also choose from Vanilla Apricot, Sweet Citrus, Lavender, Red Rooibos, Cucumber Aloe, Jasmine, Ginger, Tropical Orchid, and Apple Crisp.  – Lisa

*PC and Cover FX purchase by me, others PR samples.

Lust and glitter with Sleek MakeUP palettes

Sleek MakeUPIf you haven’t tried the fabulously affordable UK line Sleek MakeUP yet, this is a great time to do so! They are having a sale on a pretty cool collection called the 24K GOLD GIFT SET (LIMITED EDITION). It normally sells for $41.49 and right now it’s on sale for $30.00.  The collection includes:

  • i-Lust Eyeshadow Palette in The Gold Standard
  • Glitter Me Lip Gloss in Private Jet
  • Midas Touch Highlighting Palette
  • Makeup Bag

Sleek MakeUP recently sent us some products to test and while I haven’t tried everything in the 24K Gold Gift Set I have tried most of it.

THE GOLD STANDARD I-LUST EYESHADOW PALETTE (LIMITED EDITION) sells for $11.49 and includes four shimmer powder eyeshadows and two cream eyeshadows in golden shades. The six shades are housed in a chic palette with a mirror and a dual ended brush, with one side a standard eyshadow brush and other side is a sponge tip. The palette is sturdy and actually closes so well it’s tough to open, especially if you have long nails. The brush is just so-so…you will want to use your own brushes.

Sleek The Gold Standard I-Lust Eyeshadow Palette

Sleek The Gold Standard I-Lust Eyeshadow Palette Laurent and Coco

Laurent is a shimmery plummy brown that is INCREDIBLY pigmented.  I put this on and was like WHOA!  Use a little and build your way up. Coco is a coppery gold with shimmer that is very pretty as a lid shade.

Sleek The Gold Standard I-Lust Eyeshadow Palette

Sleek The Gold Standard I-Lust Eyeshadow Palette Margiela and Vera

Margiela is one of the two cream eyeshadows, a taupe with golden shimmer.  I don’t do well with cream eyeshadow since I have oily lids, but this one has good pigmentation and wears better than most cream eyeshadows do for me. Vera is a light shimmery gold that is a few shades lighter than Coco with more of a yellow tone.

Sleek The Gold Standard I-Lust Eyeshadow Palette

Sleek The Gold Standard I-Lust Eyeshadow Palette in Vivienne and Louis

I’m sorry, somehow I swatched these two in opposite order – in the palette it goes Louis then Vivienne, but in my swatch picture Vivienne is on the left and Louis is on the right. Vivienne is a pretty shimmery champagne that is great as a wash, or for the lid or brow. Louis is the second cream eyeshadow, and it looks like a shimmery gold in the pan but goes on rather sheer with sparkles. I am not a fan of this one. There is no real color and the sparkles tend to migrate.

Five out of the six eyeshadows are winners for me, so I do recommend this palette, especially for the price. Most of the shades are highly pigmented and I love the color combination.

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette

The 24K Gold Gift Set features the Midas Highlighting Palette, which I haven’t tried. However, I have tested the SOLSTICE HIGHLIGHTING PALETTE ($14.99) which is similar, just different shades. This highlighting palette features two baked powders, one cream highlighter, and one shimmer powder. The finishes are all metallic and meant to give skin a sheen.

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette

Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette Ecliptic, Subsolar, Hemisphere, Equinox

I feel like the Solstice Highlighting Palette is a bit ‘young’ for me. At my age, too much sheen or shimmer isn’t flattering. That said, those of you in your 20’s and 30’s will enjoy this palette. The powders are all highly pigmented and are in flattering shades. They can all be used as highlighters as well as eyeshadows, not to mention for some shimmer on arms and décolletage. I really like the one cream highlighter, Subsolar. It sheers out beautifully and is a great highlighter, especially high on the cheekbone.

Sleek Glitter Me Gloss in Uptown Girl

Sleek Glitter Me Gloss in Uptown Girl

Sleek Glitter Me Gloss in Uptown Girl

Sleek Glitter Me Gloss in Uptown Girl

The 24K Gold Gift Set includes a Glitter Me Lip Gloss ($7.49) in Private Jet – I haven’t tried that shade, but I have tried the GLITTER ME LIP GLOSS IN UPTOWN GIRL (LIMITED EDITION).

 This is a sheer lip gloss with a raspberry tint and lots of shimmer. I like it – the shimmer isn’t grainy and the gloss has a nice slip. I tend to wear this over lipstick since it doesn’t provide much color on its own, but it definitely makes a party out of a subdued or matte lipstick.

I think the quality of Sleek MakeUP is terrific for the price point. Check it out and take a look at the 24K Gold Gift Set while it’s still available.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Sleek 24K Gold Gift Set

Sleek 24K Gold Gift Set

Instant cheekbones with Youngblood Contour Palette

Youngblood Contour Palette

Youngblood Contour Palette

I am not really a huge fan of the Kardasian’s but one thing that I always admire about those ladies is their ability to contour.  Contour can give you instant cheekbones, a slimmer nose, a thinner face…it can completely transform your look.

A really terrific contour palette with options for all skin shades is the Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Contour Palette ($47).

Youngblood Contour Palette

Youngblood Contour Palette

pr sample

This sturdy palette has 3 powder highlighter shades and 3 powder contour shades. The shades go from lightest to darkest, so this palette is extremely versatile.  All the shades are matte, making it different from the usual contour collection.

Highlighters typically have shimmer to bounce light off skin, increasing the effect. The problem with shimmer is that it doesn’t look natural. These shades are all matte so the contour/highlighting effect is definitely natural. The powders are also on the creamy side, not super dry, so they really meld into the skin.

Youngblood Contour Palette swatched

Youngblood Contour Palette swatched

My skin is a little lighter than medium and I find I can use all the shades in this palette. Youngblood also includes a very helpful booklet with illustrations for contouring and highlighting. My favorite trick is to use the lightest shade right down the center of my nose, then use the darkest shade on sides. This makes my nose look straight and far more narrow.

As far as application, I use whatever works – a brush, a sponge, my fingers. Get a Youngblood Contour Palette for yourself and have fun playing – you will be amazed at how much you can truly transform your look!  – Lisa

*received for editorial consideration

Think Pink with Sleek Barekissed Illuminator

Think pink

Think pink

As a pink lover I adore finding new pink items to share for my “Think Pink” posts. Sleek MakeUP added to my pink collection with their Barekissed Illuminator in Casablanca. As you know everything lately has taken a turn to illumination and highlighting so the timing of this beauty is perfect.

Sleek Barekissed Illuminator

Sleek Barekissed Illuminator

Barekissed Illuminators ($13.49) come in a glass pump that is enough to last me for ages (30 mL, 1.014 fl oz.) and are available in 4 shades. With Casablanca it’s like they came into my house to check out my favorite colors since this radiant pink is perfect. Other shades are Cuba which appears to be the peach version of mine, Monaco a luminous cream, and Pompeii a bronze.

Sleek Casablanca

Sleek Casablanca

Sleek Cuba

Sleek Cuba

Sleek Monaco

Sleek Monaco

Sleek Pompeii

Sleek Pompeii

The Barekissed Illuminators are meant to enhance your complexion. They contain light reflecting pigments that give a lustrous shine without a drop of glitter or shimmer. I’ve used it in four ways so far.

1. Directly on my cheeks as a blush under my blush. I’ll dab this on with my fingers where I want my blush to be. Then once it’s dried down I’ll put a powder or cream blush over it. I love it this way when I’m thinking pink since it makes any blush last and last.

Sleek Barekissed Illuminator in Casablanca

Sleek Barekissed Illuminator in Casablanca

2. I’ll mix some in with my foundation for an all over brightening. This works especially well for me with some of my warmer shades. I don’t notice the pink but I do notice how much more alive my skin looks.

Sleek Barekissed Illuminator in Casablanca

Sleek Barekissed Illuminator in Casablanca

3.  Put this wherever you’d apply a highlighter to brighten your skin. It’s great on top of my cheekbones, a little down the bridge of my nose, and just above my eyebrows. I always make sure to blend well so it’s not obvious, just a hint of color for that great luminosity.

4.  After applying an eyeshadow primer, I’ll dab a drop of Sleek Barekissed Illuminator in Casablanca on top. I usually keep it on my browbone where it adds a whisper of pink in a secret way. No one would guess that’s what makes my eyes glisten just a bit.

Sleek Barekissed Illuminator in Casablanca

Sleek Barekissed Illuminator in Casablanca

These Illuminators are a great alternative to powder highlighters because they give you the same effect without any powder or powdery residue. As I mentioned they aren’t glittery or shimmery so even those of us with large pores can use these with ease. It’s not portable like a powder highlighter would be but I’m okay with that because I rarely touch up anything other than my lips when I’m out.

Now that Sleek sells to us in the U.S. there’s just so much to love. Shipping is also free with a $35 order and it’s so easy to find $35 worth of amazing products to buy from them. You also get a 10% off code when you sign up for their emails making it that much more affordable.

Sleek MakeUP is making some of my dreams come true with their fabulous and affordable products. What shade would you choose for your Barekissed Illuminator? — Marcia

 

 

 *sent for consideration

Ingredients: Aqua, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Glycerin, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer / Cyclopentasiloxan, PVP, Phenoxyethanol / Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Parfum, Tin Oxide MAY CONTAIN +/-; CI 77019 ( Mica ) / CI 77891 ( Titanium Dioxide ), CI 77492 ( Iron Oxide Yellow ), CI 75470 ( Carmine ), CI 77891 ( Titanium Dioxide ), CI 77491 ( Iron Oxide Red ), CI 77499 ( Iron Oxide Black ).

Becca Radiant Glow Collection is highlighting fun in a box

BECCA Radiant Glow Collection

BECCA Radiant Glow Collection

Ladies, you need this special edition BECCA RADIANT GLOW COLLECTION before it’s gone. This is an Ulta exclusive that I’m so happy I picked up. Everything in this collection is going to make you glisten and glow. For $32 you’ll find 4 delights that will make you crave more Becca.

BECCA Radiant Glow Collection products

BECCA Radiant Glow Collection products

I bought it on a whim and I’m glad the whim paid off. One of my very favorite products is BECCA UNDER EYE BRIGHTENING CORRECTOR. I like it so much that I was considering buying a backup when I spotted the kit. It contains a 1 oz. size of the corrector. While the jar is considerably smaller it’s just as wonderful and perfect for on the go (or as my backup). This is a luminous light peach corrector that I apply under my eyes before any concealer or foundation. It opens my eyes up making me look more rested.

BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector

BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector

The second product that I really was eager to try is the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone. As you know it’s all about the glow lately and Becca is one of the top brands for that. This 0.085 oz deluxe mini is big enough to get your brush in so it’s easy to use. Moonstone is a pale gold that’s absolutely luminous. The pigmentation is there without being heavy at all. I can control the amount of shimmer that shows depending on the brush I use. This is perfect for me in the spots that need to brighten me up without making me look like I need to go out dancing. A full size is $38 so it’s a perfect way to try before you buy. Shimmering Skin Perfectors come in 4 shades with Moonstone being the lightest.

BECCA Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector

BECCA Moonstone Shimmering Skin Perfector

Becca Moonlight Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector

Becca Moonlight Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector

The Shimmering Skin Perfector Spotlight in Opal wasn’t even on my radar before. A full size is $41 so having the opportunity to try this is perfect. There are 5 shades with Opal being in the middle of the pack and considered the most universal of the shades. It’s described as a golden opal pearl. The 0.17 oz wand looks like a concealer but instead it’s a beautiful radiant cream that you’ll want to use strategically. Put a little at the top of your cheekbones or on the cupid’s bow of your lips to bring out a touch of radiance. How I wish I could get Pearl and Moonstone in this packaging.

BECCA Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector

BECCA Opal Shimmering Skin Perfector

BECCA: Under Eye Brightening Corrector, Opal Shimmer Skin Perfector, Moonlight Shimmering Pressed Perfector

BECCA: Under Eye Brightening Corrector, Opal Shimmer Skin Perfector, Moonlight Shimmering Pressed Perfector

The last item in the collection is stunning but it’s not a Marcia color so I’ll save it for an upcoming giveaway. Beach Tint Shimmer Lip Souffle in Raspberry Opal is a full size gloss ($24). Here’s what Ulta has to say about it: “BECCA Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Soufflé is a double dose of pigment and shimmer. This lightweight, marbled gloss melts beautifully into the lips. The satiny-soft texture drenches lips in hydrating color, while brown algae extract smooths and softens for sophisticated shine that lasts for hours.”

BECCA Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Souffle in Raspberry Opal

BECCA Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Souffle in Raspberry Opal

BECCA Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Souffle in Raspberry Opal

BECCA Beach Tint Lip Shimmer Souffle in Raspberry Opal

Can you see why I’m so excited about this set? It’s considered to be a $70 value and it’s well worth the $32 it costs. I saw about a dozen boxes of it at my Ulta store and it’s still online so maybe you should grab this now. There’s also another set called Shimmering Skin Perfector Glow on the Go for $20 containing both of the Shimmering Skin Perfectors in the shade Opal. Should I cave in and buy that? Would you? — Marcia

*nothing to disclose

Wondering about Wander? Wander Beauty 4 Piece Paris Collection

Nothing makes me as happy as a new cosmetics line and Wander Beauty, creation of supermodel Lindsay Ellingson, has definitely put a big huge smile on my face. QVC sells this really cool line and I have to say that it’s true…not all who wander are lost. (All you Lord of the Rings fans out there know exactly what I mean!)

Wander Cosmetics 4 Piece Paris Collection

Wander Beauty 4 Piece Paris Collection

Wander Beauty sent me the QVC exclusive 4 Piece Paris Collection ($49.96) which includes:

  • 0.22-oz Exquisite Eye Liquid Shadow in Dove Gray
  • 0.07-oz Catch the Light Highlighter in Ivory
  • 0.07-oz Love Lock Hydrating Lip Gel in Parisian Red
  • 0.20-oz Wanderess Cheek Tint in Dusty Rose
 Wander Beauty Four-Piece Paris Collection
The colors and formulas were created to capture the spirit of Paris.   have to admit, I haven’t been to Paris so I can’t say if the collection accomplishes that goal…but I can say it’s a set well worth a shopping trip to QVC.
Catch the Light Hydrator

Catch the Light Highlighter in Ivory

The Catch the Light Highlighter in Ivory is a lipstick-sized cream-to-powder highlighter. Just sweep it on then blend with a sponge for a beautiful luminescence. I wear this on my cheeks, the inner corner of my eyes, and my favorite trick – straight down the bridge of my nose. It is very pretty and wears well, even with my rather OCD nose powdering habit.

Exquisite Eye Liquid Shadow

Exquisite Eye Liquid Shadow in Dove Gray

First let me say that the Exquisite Eye Liquid Shadow truly is absolutely exquisite – I am very, very picky about cream eyeshadows and this is one of my favorites of all time. It is just as beautiful at the end of the day as it is when first applie, and it doesn’t crease at all…a minor miracle for me since I have oily lids. Ingredients include green tea, aloe extracts, and vitamins C and E  The doe-foot applicator is fine for application, although I blend it out using a MAC 242 brush.

You may have noticed that my Exquisite Eye Liquid Shadow pictured above is called Dove Gray. Don’t let the name fool you – this eyeshadow is definitely not gray.  It’s a beautiful champagne taupe. It’s my favorite item in the set.

Wanderess Cheek Tint in Dusty Rose

Wanderess Cheek Tint in Dusty Rose

Wanderess Cheek Tint fooled me at first…I would have sworn this was a lip gloss. But it’s a creamy cheek tint that dries into a light stain that doesn’t accentuate pores. It also has great lasting power. I love the Dusty Rose color, which is a very natural shade that makes you look healthy.

Love Lock Hydrating Lip Gel in Parisian Red

Love Lock Hydrating Lip Gel in Parisian Red

The Love Lock Hydrating Lip Gel is certainly interesting. It has a unique gel texture that applies with lots of slip, but then dries down to almost a stain. Ingredients include rose extract and vitamins C and E.  I like this…can’t say I love it though. The Parisian Red is a beautiful shade, just not really on me. I also find that when I reapply it after the initial application it ends up looking uneven and rather spotty. I know people rave about the Love Lock Hydrating Lip Gel so maybe it’s just me and my particular body chemistry.

Overall, I think the set is a keeper. If you are wondering about Wander, the 4 Piece Paris Collection is a perfect introduction to the line.  – Lisa

*received for editorial consideration

Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Stick Trio defines beyond belief

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

When you know nothing about contouring but you do know that it’s the hottest game in Beautyworld, then you need to find out how to contour so you can be part of the in-crowd. Smashbox sent the Step-by-Step Contour Stick Trio probably to test me out and see if I could step by step my game up.

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

The set consists of 3 creamy pencils and a pencil sharpener to fit the larger size. Earlier today I wrote about contouring and highlighting and I gave a small hint to this product. I like it so much that I wanted to elaborate on it.

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio - Contour, Bronze, Highlight

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio – Contour, Bronze, Highlight

•    Contour: A darker shade that sculpts by creating shadows
•    Highlight: A light shade that pulls features forward
•    Bronze: A transition shade that eliminates harsh lines by blending the contour and highlight shades

One way Smashbox really helps is with an informational pamphlet inside that shows 5 different face shapes and where to place each of the three sticks to get a look that will contour and highlight without looking like you did. The finished look isn’t obvious; it makes a subtle difference that makes me feel so polished.

Smashbox Stick Trio direction pamphlet

Smashbox Stick Trio direction pamphlet

Not only do they show the face charts but they explain how to determine which shape is yours. For example on a round face they’ve written “Your cheekbones are the widest part of your face. Your jawline is round and curved.” Directions always start with the contour shade with a diagram to show exactly where to apply that pencil. Next they want to give your face some warmth with the bronze shade. The highlight shade is to help you change the shape every so slightly. Since my face is round they suggest using the highlight to help give an illusion of length by applying it to the center of my face. Of course after you use each of the three crayons you need to blend and for me that’s best done with a facial sponge.

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio swatches

Smashbox Contour Stick Trio swatches

The colors are basically universal because the key to this is not seeing the crayons, just to create the illusion, blend well, and then apply your foundation without rubbing it. I like a liquid foundation that I can apply with my Beauty Blender sponge. It takes practice, or it did for me, but it’s worth it to finally understand contouring and highlighting.

CONTOUR
•    Sides of nose
•    Under cheekbones

BRONZE
•    Above contour shade on cheekbones

HIGHLIGHT
•    Bridge of nose
•    Middle of forehead
•    Under eyes
•    Chin

While the Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Stick Trio isn’t going to be for my everyday look, it’s fun to use these when I’m going out for the evening and want to look my best.

What do you do for contouring? Or do you skip it like I used to? — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration