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After a Long Hiatus… Let’s Do Some Cream Contour!

Published April 2, 2015 by lesleyhope

Cream contour is all the rage right now. Well, contouring at least is. Using creams is a little tricky and daunting but VERY, VERY easy IF you break it down to the basics. So… let’s break it down to the basics!

Here are the products I use:



Yes I do use my fair share of brushes and that’s NOT needed but I will verify which steps are required and optional.

Step 1: apply moisturizer (not pictured). The key with cream contour is that your skin needs to be SUPPLE!

Step 2: apply primer (OCC Skin Primer) with a foundation brush (first brush pictured). It can be any kind of foundation brush or even your fingers. I apply it this way because the primer is water based (similar to Mac Fix + Spray) so it kind of primes my brush too.

Step 3: apply foundation (Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Mousse) all over the face- shade: Nude. Ok so **sidenote**- I bought this foundation on clearance at Target for 50% off so I am still up in the air to if I like it or not. It’s not my exact color (about one shade darker than what my skin is). I figure that in the summer I can get decent use out of it. The formula is very light weight which I do like, especially for a cream contour routine since I am applying various products to my face.

Step 4: Apply using either your fingers or a small foundation brush the cream contour (ABH Cream Contour Kit) on the hollows of the cheeks, temple and along the sides of the nose. Apply with your fingers the highlight color on the bridge of your nose, middle of your forehead, under your eyes, cupid’s bow and middle of chin (I like to mix a pink from the kit along with the shade vanilla to get a color much lighter than my skin tone). NOTE: For this post, I did half of my face at first to show the difference.

Exhibit A:


Step 5: Blend it out! I use my beauty blender but you can use any smaller (or larger) synthetic brush.

Step 6: SET! It’s crucial that whenever you apply a cream to the face (no matter if it’s foundation, highlighter, blush, concealer, etc) that you set it with some kind of powder. I used the ABH Contour Kit to set my contour in all the places I applied it with cream. Then I set my highlight with one of the lighter (keep it matte though) to all of the places I applied the cream highlight. I used my Wayne Goss brush for the contour but I would suggest Real Techniques Contour Brush for a cheaper option. I used my Sephora #80 to set most of the powder under my eye, nose and forehead.

Step 7: Buff it all out. I learned this step from Wayne Goss. I used my Smashbox Photo Filter Powder and a large, fluffy powder brush to buff it all over my skin. This will not disrupt the cream, powder or placement of either- it actually just adds a beautiful finish and makes everything blend that much more.

Exhibit B:


OK I kind of cheated and did one of my eyebrows and eyes so you could see a transformation but I don’t even think it does my skin justice…. so here’s more.

Exhibit C:



Do you see that? A SERIOUS transformation of my skin. And super subtle too… this wasn’t even a going out look- just a simple, daytime cream contour. It proves that makeup can transform and bring out your best features.

Going to rest now… I am sick but had to get this post up!


Lesley Hope


Contour and Highlight that Ish!

Published July 16, 2014 by lesleyhope

Hey guys! Wanted to walk you through the steps that I outline in my video. (I messed up on my blush step so these won’t be step for step as they are in the video…but they’re close enough and you get the point).

Okay so I didn’t know what contour and highlight meant until probably a couple of years ago. It’s amazing how much awesome stuff you can learn on the web. I learned a TON from Marlena at MakeupGeek. She is honestly the best and I have yet to buy her products but that’s next on my list! If you’re not down with highlighting and contouring and the whole shabang that is totally ok, but you can get some tips with one thing or another from the process I PROMISE!

Step 1: Pick a contour color that you are comfortable as a bronzer color- this is pretty important in terms of shades. You want something that is about 2-3 shades deeper than your foundation made skin AND a tint (warm, neutral or cool) that goes with your eye/hair/skin tone. For example, I generally don’t ever put anything on to contour that is too taupey or too golden as I’m pretty neutral toned. OK, anyways. After you’ve done that- apply the contour to the following places with a smaller, dense bronzer blush: under the cheekbones, on the jawline, on the temples, along the outer edge of your forehead and **optional** on the sides of your nose. (If you’re opting to use cream which intensifies the contour, then you can use your fingers for each one of these places).
Step 2: Use a cream concealer as a highlighter to lighten the following places: under your eyes, bridge of your nose spanning to your mid forehead, cupid’s bow (just above your top lip), and chin. I prefer to use a concealer that comes with a wand as the product is usually creamier and easier to blend out.
Step 3: Use a dense, dome brush to pad the concealer into your skin. Do not rub it!!! Some people like to use a stippling brush or a small fluffy brush which you can do so as well but it creates a weird pattern for me, so I like to just use my Stila foundation brush for this.
Step 4: Finish the highlight with a lighter matte powder. Like I mentioned previously, I like to match a color to my skin tone in terms of warmth/coolness. I usually chose a color that is 2 shades lighter than my skin tone with similar undertones. Use a small fluffy blush to blend over the concealer and blend out the powder into your contour. Use this same brush to blend out the powder over the rest of your concealer to soften.
Step 5: Use a bigger, round brush to soften the contour by buffing where you have the contour OR pick up a little more powder bronzer and intensify the lines. I would suggest a kabuki brush as it’s large and since you already have product down, you don’t need any perfect lines. Use this brush to go over the contour and again, soften any harsh lines/edges.
Step 6: BLUSH! This is the step I forgot in my video. I like to use an angled blush brush to pick up whatever color I’m feeling that day (and really… I mean whatever color- lavender, coral, dusty pink, berry pink, purple, burgundy). I apply the blush to right on the top of my cheekbones which should be above your bronzer slightly but you can blend into it and a small amount on the apples of my cheeks. Like I said in my video, do not apply much product inside the invisible line that ends at the outer corners of your eye.
Step 7: Powder highlight! I use a flat foundation brush or a small contour brush for this just to apply a small amount of shimmer right above the blush. If you need to, you can use a fluffy brush to blend them into each other a tad. I really wouldn’t recommend applying shimmer to your forehead or nose as the highlight draws attention and can make you look shiny. So just on the tops of your cheeks to appear fresh.
Step 8: Use the biggest brush you can find and a finishing powder to set. Just a little. You can also use the brush to buff any lines you aren’t feeling.

THAT’S IT! Any questions let me know- my video has more steps because I consolidated on here but that is the jist. Ya’ll got questions? Holla!

Happy contouring and highlighting!
Xo, Lesley