Contouring scares me! I know that might be a weird confession coming from a beauty obsessed blogger, but it is true. In the magazines and on social media, we encounter images of women contoured and sculpted to degrees that simply make me uncomfortable. For me, contouring is something we should save for the runway, professional photoshoots and very special occasions.
That said, I totally understand why women do this. This can help accentuate your best features and hide minor flaws if done properly. I still blanched a little when I visited a Nars counter and the Make-up Artist mentioned he would use a little contour on me. I should have had a little more faith, because the product he used was amazing!
The Nars Contour Blush palette in Olympia is perfect for me. It contains two shades: a contour and a highlight. The contour is matte and very subtle on me. The highlight is equally subtle: just a lovely illuminating shade without any obvious glitter. You can (try) to see the swatches I did in the image below: the colors are so close to my skin tone they are very difficult to photograph.
Normally, that would be a massive strike against any product, but here it is perfection! The colors look so natural on me that even a contouring loser like myself can create a very subtle yet beautiful effect. Still, not something I use every day but a lovely addition to my festive make-up looks.
The make-up artist also gave me a great tip: these colors work well with my blue eyes as eyeshadow. Just pop the darker shade all over the lid and use the lighter color in the corners of the eye and underneath the brow to highlight. Great in a pinch or while travelling light.
What do you think about contouring? Maybe it is just me that finds it all a bit much. Have you tried this palette by Nars?