I’m a pretty no muss, no fuss type of a girl when it comes to my makeup, but there are always those occasions where you find yourself pulling out all the stops. Today, I did a friend’s makeup for her (surprise) 30th birthday party. It was so much fun because she had no idea that she was going to be having a party, just that she was going out with some friends. She doesn’t do her makeup on a regular basis, so it was a special treat for her to wear any at all. It made me think of how I don’t always contour but I LOVE doing it and when I am having a special makeup day, it’s a step I don’t skip.

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If you’re not a contouring guru like half the people on Instagram these days, a palette like the It Cosmetics My Sculpted Face palette is a good place to start. I found this baby to be pretty foolproof in terms of figuring out what goes where. If you check below, you can see that it comes with a neat chart to figure out where the light and the dark shades go. It doesn’t have to be confusing! 

my sculpted face paletteAt first glance, this palette totally resembles a matte neutral eyeshadow palette. The good news is, it could totally double as one! The pans are huge and you’ll get a lot of mileage out of them if you’re using them for your face but you could definitely use them for the eyes too. 

You can do a lot of things with a contouring palette and I’m not going to pretend to be an expert, but with a little practice you can bring out your cheekbones, slenderize your nose or forehead, look more lifted, hide a double chin, or really whatever you want. The Kardashians made the contour popular, but it’s definitely doable at home with a palette like this one. I followed the directions and really liked the results!

 

it cosmetics my sculpted faceOn a day that I wanted to use a deeper berry lipstick I decided to go a little dramatic with the rest of my makeup as well. Of the two light shades in the palette, one of them is a matte and one has a slight shimmer. I concentrated the matte highlighting shade under my eyes to brighten them up, and used the matte shimmer on my brow bone and my inner corners. It’s less obvious here, but I used some of the darker shades to chisel myself out some cheekbones and traced the around my jawline and hairline.

I was pleasantly surprised that it gave me a healthy, tanned look rather than making my face look dirty. I haven’t had amazing luck with every contour palette I’ve used, so my expectations were set rather low. I am really digging the results! contouring it cosmetics 1contouring it cosmetics 2In these pictures I’m using this as a contour palette and as an eyeshadow. I’m totally loving it! I am a contour convert (when I have time) and this is a perfect go-to product that takes the guess work away. 

Do you have a go-to contour product? I’m curious what you’re using so share below. If you’ve tried this one let me know what you think of it! 

16 Comments on Contouring Made Simple

  1. Heather
    October 12, 2015 at 2:34 pm (2 years ago)

    I love this little set, it has a nice variety of tones in it. It is better than the ABH in my opinion!

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  2. Carleen
    October 12, 2015 at 3:15 pm (2 years ago)

    Looks like a nice set. I tend to aim for a minimalist look when it comes to contouring.

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  3. Brooke @ Blushing Noir
    October 12, 2015 at 3:59 pm (2 years ago)

    You look gorgeous! IT makes awesome products and this set is a must have for contour junkies!

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  4. Eugenia
    October 12, 2015 at 6:06 pm (2 years ago)

    I am in to the powder contour sets lately! You look lovely!

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  5. Ashley
    October 12, 2015 at 6:52 pm (2 years ago)

    L-O-V-E this palette so much! It’s mainstay in my pro kit.

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  6. Kath Thefabzilla
    October 12, 2015 at 8:37 pm (2 years ago)

    I have to ry this palette. You pretty mama!

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  7. Never Say Die Beauty
    October 12, 2015 at 9:08 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow, what a beautiful look! You did an amazing but very subtle job. Love the look of that contouring palette

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  8. Lisa Heath
    October 12, 2015 at 10:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Love the look you created! I am too chicken to contour. Scared I’ll look like i just smeared dirt around or something

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  9. MarciaF
    October 12, 2015 at 10:56 pm (2 years ago)

    I love that IT came out with this years before the contouring craze. I bought it at least 6 years ago.

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  10. Nidia - Lit From Within
    October 13, 2015 at 12:36 am (2 years ago)

    I love subtle contouring like this. Great look, and great palette! I love IT Cosmetics.

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  11. Renu
    October 13, 2015 at 5:58 am (2 years ago)

    I haven’t figured out contouring yet and worry I’ll look muddy, so I opt for plain ol’ bronzer. But this kit looks easy to use and I like the easy diagrams.

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  12. Anastasia
    October 13, 2015 at 9:42 am (2 years ago)

    What a beautiful contouring palette! And girl, your LIPSTICK is on point! <3

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  13. Leelo R
    October 13, 2015 at 12:21 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow! What an amazing set! I love that it comes with a helpful chart!

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  14. Jess
    October 13, 2015 at 3:37 pm (2 years ago)

    IT nailed it with this set – Its perfect!

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