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Cream and liquid contour products


Although this post is about contouring, its actually gentle definition that I go for these days as I find a full-on razor sharp contour a little aging. Because I have dry skin, I tend to favour products that are in liquid or cream form because they just work better with my skin and today I want to share those with you.


Benefit Hoola Quickie Contour Stick: This is the most recent addition to my collection but I knew I'd love it because I love Hoola powder. It has a nice amount of slip to it initially but once it sets, it doesn't budge. I stripe this under my cheekbones and on the periphery of my forehead and then blend it in with either a Beauty Blender or a Real Techniques contour brush. It's quite warm in tone so I don't think it would work for very fair skin but for medium skin, it's a winner. £24 Cult Beauty/Debenhams/Look Fantastic.

Smashbox Contour Stick: This comes as part of a trio set that also contains a stick bronzer and highlighter. This is the perfect contour shade - neither too warm nor too cool, which makes it ideal for creating a shadow under the cheekbone. The texture is creamy, which makes it easy to blend but once it sets, it doesn't budge. This was the first product that made me feel like contouring was easy for those of us who aren't makeup artists! £29.50 for the set.


Wet N Wild Dual Ended Contour Stick: I know that not everyone can get their hands on Wet N Wild, but if you have a stand near you, it is well worth picking this up. It costs around £5/€5.50 and whilst, I'm not crazy about the highlight end, the contour part is every bit as good as the other products mentioned here today. It's quite ashy in tone but not too grey or muddy looking. I find that it blends really easily and I prefer to use a Beauty Blender with it rather than a brush. It's also buildable without feeling like there is a lot of product on the face. Overall, it's a winner so if you can find a Wet N Wild Stand near you, I highly recommend picking it up.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand: This comes in two shade options: Light/Medium and Medium/Dark - I have the former. Whilst the other products mentioned are all in stick form, this is a liquid and it's pretty pigmented so a light hand is needed when applying. Don't squeeze the tube too hard or you will dispense far too much product! This shade is absolutely ideal for creating a shadow - it is neither too warm nor too ashy, but it has to be buffed in well and to use it on the nose, it is best to apply some to the hand and then use a small brush to apply rather than directly dispensed on to the nose from the tube. I use the Hollywood Complexion Brush but I don't think that's entirely necessary. I think that if you are not used to cream or liquid products, this would take some getting used to but it is worth the effort/practice as the result really does change the shape of the face. £29 Cult Beauty/Charlotte Tilbury.

Do you prefer to use a powder or cream product to contour? I'd love to hear what your favourites are!

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