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Speculation-Cowboy Junkie Set from Urban Decay

Why haven’t I seen this written about all over the place yet?

It seems like whenever Urban Decay puts out any new palette it gets hyped up like crazy.  I just happened to come across this after randomly going on UD’s website.

Here’s the description taken from the site-Cowboy Junkie Set: Midnight Cowboy (pink champagne w/ lots of silver glitter), Midnight Cowboy Rides Again (golden beige w/ bronze, gold & silver glitter), Midnight Cowgirl (subtle golden-beige w/ gold glitter), Romp (deep silvery grape), Lip Junkie Lip Gloss: Midnight Cowboy (sheer nude sparkle), 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil: Whiskey (dark brown).

Midnight Cowboy was one of the first non-drugstore eyeshadows I purchased. It was after I saw Jessica Alba for the first time on the cover of Jane magazine wearing Midnight Cowboy and looking awesome. I loved how it looked like little disco-balls on her lids. I knew I had to have it. Fast-Forward to 2010 and us Urban Decay fans are a bit jaded as Midnight Cowboy’s latest incarnation- Midnight Cowboy Rides Again has been in nearly every palette they release and we are frustrated by the glittery-fallout mess it makes when applied.However, Midnight Cowboy somehow remains one of their best-sellers and now we have a palette with three versions of Midnight Cowboy in one place.

Now that they made a palette with all three of them in one place maybe they will stop putting them in all the other palettes. Maybe this was a way to neatly solve that problem. Bloggers and beauty junkies alike complained all over the net about the prevalence of this shade in palettes, just as they complained about the primer potion’s genie-style bottle and Urban Decay listened to us then. The Primer Potion is now available in a squeeze tube. So maybe this is their way of answering us on the Midnight Cowboy Issue.

This palette is $38  @ UD’s website.

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Drugstore Buying Guide-Skincare, Hair & Makeup!

Our local French Quarter Walgreens

Before I started reading reviews of makeup, skin and haircare I found the choices at the drugstore overwhelming. I buy both high-end name brand items as well as drugstore items but I used to only shop at the drugstore for stuff. Part of the reason why I started liking Sephora better is because you are more likely to find quality items whereas I found my drugstore makeup shopping was so often hit or miss. I was wasting money on stuff I couldn’t try first that ended up not working out. The cost and the inconvenience was adding up.  I just happen to have tried a lot of different brands as well as read a metric ton of reviews so I have some tips to share.

I’ll start with something I would have never tried if it weren’t for the great reviews on beauty blogs- Wet N Wild makeup!  I remember WnW as being play make-up, something for kids and teens more than something I would want to buy and use but they have undergone quite the brand makeover. Like most drugstore brands not everything will be great but the standouts of the line are the Color Icon shadows & palettes, their natural face powders & their blush especially the Color Icon Blush. They are one of the least expensive lines in the drugstore.

The best lipsticks I’ve found at the drugstore are L’oreal Color Riche Lipstick, Revlon Color Burst, Revlon Super Lusterous, Covergirl Queen Collection and Maybelline Moisture extreme. They all have good color payoff, are non-drying and come in an array of colors and finishes.

As far as lipgloss goes, Revlon seems to nail it with every line. They offer many types of glosses and so far I haven’t found one I don’t like. The only complaint I have is with their Color Stay Mineral Lip Glaze only because it has a light plastic smell and taste-some shades are worse than others. If you are looking for a sheer gloss to just add a bit of shine to your lipstick without overpowering it, CG wetslicks are great and inexpensive. Milani makes a nice sparkly gloss called 3d Glitzy Glamour Gloss (silly name, great gloss!) L’oreal Infallible 16hr gloss is great too. It doesn’t last 16 hours (what does??) but the colors are true and it has decent staying power.

Just a broad hint to those looking for bright colors at the drugstore. I have seen some that look bright and enticing but you get them home and it’s so disappointing (Cover Girl,Jane!) but one little thing- try eye shadow from lines aimed at women with darker complexions. Usually they are more pigmented in order to show up properly. There’s usually a wider selection of dark colors in the lipsticks too!

As an overall decent brand, Milani scores high on my list. They have lots of fun edgy colors. Their eyeliners are all amazing- I use them regularly and their Liquif-Eye pencils actually rival Urban Decay’s 24/7 liners. Their shadows go on a bit sheer, but so far that’s my only complaint. Check them out next time you crave a makeup fix!

Eye Liners & Mascara- I am never disappointed by L’Oreal’s liquid eye liner or mascara. They offer the blackest blacks and some great formulas but you will be paying the price. I don’t like to spend much on drugstore makeup when for $5 more I can get something from M.A.C but L’oreal’s Liner Intense liquid liner in Carbon Black is one of the best liquid liners I’ve ever used. They make a mean mascara as well.  Cover Girl Lash Blast, the original in the fat orange tube is a good mascara you can swipe on quickly that won’t make your lashes spidery and won’t clump or over-deposit product. Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara is decent but you need to be careful when applying- wipe the brush off and get any extra mascara off before swiping it on. I always brush my lashes after using this too but then it looks great! Rimmel makes good mascaras, lip liners,  and their moisture renew lipstick line is good. Cover Girl liquid last liner pencils are another Urban Decay 24/7 rival- they are creamy and smudgeable and once they set they stay put.

I will flat out tell you I do not love any drugstore foundation. Foundation is one of the most important things you put on your face and it’s what people notice when they look at you. I think the cheaper stuff works best if you have normal skin, no problems and a nice complexion minus things you’d want to cover. Then you could probably use anything but the fact is, many of us have some skin woe. If you have dry skin then not using a primer and wearing whatever costs $6 at Rite-Aid is going to highlight your flaws, look flakey, cakey and just not right. You can’t try before you buy and you’re usually paying at least half of what a decent foundation would cost  anyway. I cannot stress enough how “worth it” a good foundation is. I understand we can’t all afford it though so if you are buying drugstore one of the safest bets is Revlon. Both their Color Stay and Photo Ready formulas are pretty good. They are even better with primer underneath. If those two are good then they probably make others that are decent but I don’t have personal experience with them. L’oreal True Match has the most extensive choice of color but their liquid foundation looked horrible on me. It aged my skin and the coverage wasn’t to my liking either. Their powder is great though. It’s not cheap but it’s possible to get it on sale or with a coupon.

Things to avoid- Maybelline Blushes, the darker shades of Rimmel’s moisture renew lipsticks, Jordana lip liners, Cover Girl Cheekers blush, Covergirl single shadows, Covergirl foundation. I find a lot of Cover Girl and Maybelline lacking in quality.

Neutrogena, Almay and Physician’s formula make nice natural makeup for people with sensitive skin. Physician’s formula gel eye liners are worth picking up. Almay loose powder is fab.

~Skincare~

I usually purchase my skincare items from the drugstore. I’m such a color addict that I hate spending gobs of money on a cleanser from Sephora- I’d rather buy a bright shadow and get my cleanser for $5 at Walgreen’s which is silly because the better you take care of your skin the better makeup will look. Anyhow I have engaged in much trial and error in this area. I have found that one brand that never steers me wrong is Garnier. Their Moisture Renew line is amazing- You’ve heard me rave about their gel cream moisturizer but their cleansing foam rocks too. I will skip ahead a bit here and say that they are great for hair products as well. Their shampoos, conditioners and styling products all come closer to achieving what they claim to do than any others that I have tried.

Makeup remover is not something I think you need to spend a lot of money on. I have a bottle of Lancome Bi-Facil that I love for taking off waterproof or heavy eye makeup and I even use it to clean my eye brushes sometimes but I use a noname brand for regular everyday light makeup removal. Wal-Mart’s Equate brand facial cleansing cloths come in these double packages which last a long time if used daily and work great for a quick clean-up or to get light makeup off before properly washing your face. Wipes like that are great for after workouts!

I already wrote about the ingredients to look for when buying skincare products for acne or combination skin. I don’t think the brand matters so much as the ingredients in the products as for what you need specifically for your type of skin. If you need something with 2% Salicylic Acid there are about 15 different products from different brands where that is the main ingredient, so I have no opinion on brands when it comes to that stuff.

~Hair!~

I already mentioned the greatness of Garnier. If Garnier doesn’t have what you need, Tresemme or Tigi probably do. I am a huge fan of Tresemme styling products such as their shine spray, heat protector, curl creme and hairsprays. Tigi (the Bed Head people) make some great stuff but it’s a little pricey. You can find some TiGi dupes in the Got2B line. Got2B has some spray products that are great when you need big, and I mean BIG hair. If you were, say, wanting “scene” hair you would reach for Got2B glued freeze spray in the big yellow can. They do some hair-friendly glue type stuff for punky spikes and such. I remember guys I knew using actual glue in their hair- luckily, you can buy stuff for that now that’s much better for your hair than Elmer’s.

So, how about you? Do you shop drugstore cosmetics?  Any finds or fails you can share?

I have some lots of swatches and reviews coming up! Lots of indie companies including DreamWorld, Meow and Evil Shades! Fyrinnae too  ;D

Meow Cosmetics Mineral Foundation- A Review

I’m working on a post that’s kind of a general catch-all of info about mineral makeup and indie companies but for now I’d like to do a little review of Meow Cosmetics Foundation.

I had seen the name Meow popping up in lots of beauty blogs and I decided to check them out. Picking things out to try from the site was almost overwhelming because there are so many choices. They have over 80 shades of foundation!  The foundation is divided up into three finishes- Purrfect puss is the sheerest coverage, Pampered puss is medium coverage and Flawless Feline is the heaviest. Then there are Different colors based on undertones- for example Chausie is a cool-toned pinkish, and Siamese is neutral. Then within the undertones there are levels of color, from nearly pure white to the darkest african-american.  It sounds more complicated than it is but that is what makes it possible to find a foundation that’s truly a perfect match which is difficult with even high-end store brands. An example of how this would work if you are very fair, Asian and want the heaviest coverage to conceal acne or whatever- Flawless Feline in 1-Sleek -Manx. If you look at the site it’s much easier to understand. I ordered 4 different undertone colors in the medium and heaviest coverages as well as undereye concealers in the yellowest undertones (to best cover my dark circles) as well as some blushes.  I placed my order on June 9th and it shipped on the 22nd.

I don’t have swatches of the foundations because getting an accurate picture was impossible- they just blended right in to my arm plus they looked sparkly. I was worried when I was attempting to swatch and I noticed the sparkles. It looked like a bit of extremely fine glitter in the foundation on my arm but this did not show up on my face no matter what light I was in or how hard I looked. Weird! The website says that to apply you just brush on like any powder- that you don’t need to “buff” like with Bare Escentuals. The reason you have to buff BE is because it looks shiny otherwise. I did kind of buff it in just to blend but it really doesn’t need it much.  I was impressed by how natural it looks and how shortly after you apply it seems to melt into the skin. It’s almost like a powder-to-cream if such a thing existed.

This is the nicest most natural foundation I’ve found so far! The medium coverage wasn’t enough for me on it’s own-It worked better for me with concealer underneath. Keep in mind though that I want industrial-strength coverage because of the redness on my cheeks, nose and chin plus acne and acne scars. The medium coverage (Pampered Puss) can be built up- I actually tried to see how much I would have to use to make it look “powdery” or cakey and I gave up before it started to look bad, lol. Pretty impressive. The heaviest coverage (Flawless feline) is perfect for me because I can get everything nice and evened out and great-looking in a few quick swipes. As far as wear-time goes ,I’ve used it with and without primer. With primer I noticed it lasted and looked better but lately I’ve been going without and I only need 2 or 3  minor touchups between morning and bedtime.  I slept with it on once and it was still mostly there when I woke up. It doesn’t do anything in the way of preventing oily-ness but they do offer an oil-control product  which I just ordered a sample of. It’s not bad on oily skin or anything, it just doesn’t prevent oil nor does it claim to.

This is the first foundation I’ve found that the lightest shade is TOO LIGHT for me! I was shocked! The lightest color is zero and I ordered mostly zeros so most of what I got wasn’t quite right for my face but this would be great for the gothlings who are looking for a quality pale foundation! The concealers that I ordered are great too-I have some serious under-eye darkness and the Manx undereye concealer is awesome. It not only covers my circles better than my beloved Benefit Lemon-aid but I’ve been lightly dabbing it on my red spots before foundation and it covers those as well!

Besides foundation & concealer they have various color-correctors, finishing powders, eyeshadows,blushes, etc. I picked some blush samples from the different collections they have and the ones I picked were-Masterpiece-The Scream,Firefly blush-illuminate, 2 Taboos- Exposure and Exhibitionist (listed in the order they appear in the pic above) The last color in that pic is an eye color- Vandaleyes collection- Resisting Arrest. So far with the blush I’ve only tried “The Scream” but I loved it! It’s like a shimmery pale pinky-lilac that looked amazing with dark eye makeup. I had lots of eyeliner going on, lots of black and this off-set it, it just looked right. It seemed pretty sheer but buildable. These might get their own post with swatches if I can get them right.

Bottom line is that their foundation rocks. Check out their website for yourself and don’t get overwhelmed! Email them a pic and ask about finding a match for you or check out the mineral makeup forums or some beauty blogs to get an idea what to order. The foundation samples are a dollar each so go crazy! I have another order on the way so I can find my purrfect match and get a full-size so I can be confident that my skin always looks fab! If  you have very pale skin like me I can tell you exactly what I ordered (it’s more than in the pic) and what the colors were like in person.

http://www.meowcosmetics.com

Lipgloss Lowdown!

I understand why makeup companies put out palettes with exclusive shades in them- but it really sucks when you fall in love with one of these shades and then run out of it! I recently went looking to find a stand-in for one of these shades, a gloss I had been wearing daily. While buying and trying various things I rediscovered how freakin’ great lip gloss is! Really- it can have as much color as a lipstick but it’s easier to apply. Red lipstick is tough to apply and to wear- it can bleed, feather and smear but a red gloss is foolproof.  If you have lipsticks you never wear because they are too dark, applying a pink or gold gloss over them makes them wearable. Gloss is fun- it only takes a few seconds to swipe on and can be wiped off just as quickly, it can change a whole look, pull it all together.

This is a sample of my growing gloss collection. When I was shopping I wished there was a way to take the guesswork out of the process- so I’m listing the ones I’ve picked up recently at the drugstore and the mall and adding what the texture is like, the amount of shine, the amount of color, how long it wears and whether there is a scent.

L’Oreal HIP Jelly Balm- This was the one that worked as my replacement! It’s thick like a balm, as labeled. The shine is more natural than with most glosses, the color is sheer and as for how long it stays put before wearing off, it’s average. Nearly undetectable scent.

TokiDoki Prisma Lip Gloss-  The Consistency could be described as syrupy- it’s very high shine, the color is very sheer-only a tint actually. Longer than average wear. Very strong fruity scent.

Kat Von D Lightening Sheer lip gloss-   These are hard to categorize. The consistency is light and non-sticky- it feels nice on lips. The name says it’s sheer but the color is noticeable on lips. One of the shades is a shimmery black- worn over a color it just makes the color look darker but not like you have a black gloss on however it’s black enough that it looks a little weird worn alone on lips. I have four shades, all look shimmery on. I love these glosses honestly. They need to be re-applied often if you are drinking anything/eating/ etc though.  They have a pleasant fruity scent.

Laura Gellar Lipgloss- This gloss has the consistency of a liquid lipstick. It’s on the thick side, color is opaque/full coverage, has a little shimmer and shine like a moisturizing lipstick but doesn’t look like a gloss on lips- very flattering and natural, lasts longer than average.

Revlon Mineral Lipglaze-  The consistency was average, the two colors I tried were opaque, medium shine, average to above average length of wear. Not unpleasant fruit scent.

CG Wetslicks-   Medium thick, high shine, average wear-time and the color I picked was too close to my natural color to tell if it was full coverage or not but the color did have some golden shimmer and is really pretty- esp. layered over a dark red or purple lipstick.  (shade 505)  Strong fake fruity/candy scent.

NYC Color Extreme Lip Glider- Med thickness, med opacity, some shimmer, a little below average wear time and a strong fake fruit scent.

If you’re looking for a new gloss to try hopefully one of those may fit the bill. The standout best of the bunch are the HIP jelly balm, Laura Geller and Kat Von D- in my opinion. One that I expected to be great and was let down by is TokiDoki- for nearly $20 I expected to see the color on my lips.   I am not bothered by scent or taste when it comes to glosses but I know some people are so if you’re one of them and you usually don’t like how inexpensive drugstore lipglosses smell avoid CG Wetslicks and NYC Color Extreme Gliders. Also, please consider that your experience with how long glosses wear may differ from mine as I smoke and almost constantly am drinking water and whatnot.

One more thing- I love my primers but I used to think Lip Primer was probably unnecessary. Now that I’m going gaga for gloss I want to get more mileage and I’ve got to say, Too Faced Lip Primer does help prolong the wear of all the glosses I’ve paired it with. It doesn’t dry out my lips and mine chap just thinking about winter. Even though I have the nasty habit of smoking and the healthy habit of drinking a ton of water, my lips don’t call for constant re-applying thanks to this stuff.

Makeup Brushes Pt. 1- Eyes

I used to think buying things like makeup brushes was boring- I’d have much rather spent my money on a new eyeshadow than something to apply it with! I eventually realized I can get all the eyeshadows I want but they’ll always look kinda crappy if I’m using the tiny sponge applicator that they came with. Those things have their use- they’ll deposit  color but they don’t blend  or create thin lines or any shaping. They also waste product by absorbing it. Just as with any job or art project, you need specific tools for specific tasks when it comes to cosmetics.  Even if you usually only do eyeliner, powder and mascara or any kind of minimal routine you can still appreciate something that makes your task easier and gives prettier results.

I think for now I’m sticking with eye brushes or else this would be way too long!

Concealer brushes come in different sizes for different jobs. The smallest ones are used to cover single blemishes but the kind pictured is best to cover dark under-eye circles. This can deposit more product in one swipe and more evenly than fingers can. Plus, they can be used to smooth eye primer on lids.

Some liquid eyeliners have really great formulas but the brush that comes with it doesn’t work for you-too wide or narrow, too long, etc. Having your own liner brush is useful for that situation as well as using any eyeshadow as a liner-just dampen the tip of the brush,drag across the shadow and line. Fun! The small tip can be used to dot a shimmery highlight to the inner corners of eyes.

A dome-shaped brush like this one comes in different sizes and density of bristles.They are considered the basic eyeshadow brush. The largest  of these is best for applying a single color all over the eye area as a base or just for an easy sweep of color. A medium one is perfect for applying color evenly to the lid. They are also good for placing a highlight color under the brow.

This brush is meant for applying color to your crease.  Because of the shape  it’s very easy to control the amount of color to deposit. They can also be used to apply brow-bone highlight and  lightly blend away harsh lines where different colors of shadow meet.

This is a smudge brush. They can be shaped like the dome brush but smudgers usually have very short and densely packed bristles, good for applying color and smudging and smoking it out.If you struggle with a smoky eye this is the brush you need! It works a charm on lower lash line.

This is a lash or brow comb. I use both sides on my lashes and sometimes the bristled side on my brows if they are extra-unruly. This rids your fringe of clumps and that dreaded “spidey-lash” look. Comb through lashes in-between coats of mascara, before and after curling. The results are so worth it!

An angle brow brush has short, stiff bristles at a slant that works perfectly for enhancing eyebrows. I seriously can’t get ready without mine!  This is the only one on the list that I’d say you should get a natural hair version of because the synthetic one i got was so crappy. I personally don’t think most of the others need to be specifically natural or synthetic. For the vegans, I think you may have to spend a little extra to find a good synth version but it’s worth it if you do your brows.

Speaking of cost- you don’t have to break the bank to get brushes. I splurge on some and scrimp on others, for example- I know that my lash-brow comb is going to get nasty from mascara even if I wash it often so I get the cheapest one from Walgreen’s. Just because it’s from Walgreen’s doesn’t mean it’s crappy either- I got my dual-ended crease brush at Walgreen’s for $3.99 and if I see another one there I’ll get it for backup. CVS has the Eco-Tools line of brushes that are nice. Target has Sonia Kashiuk which is a bit pricier than Eco-Tools but it’s also better quality and the have sets of them too. Ebay and Amazon offer sets of brushes which is where I got my first set- I got a 24 piece set from China for under $40  and they are still in great shape. ELF (eyes lips face) online has singles and sets very cheap and I’ve heard they are decent. You can look up online how to care for your brushes so i won’t ramble about that but I will say you do need to get brush cleaner and take the time to use it.

If you do they will last you a long time and continue to make your makeup look amazing!

The Best Goth-friendly cosmetics Part Deux- Indie Companies (& cyber,loli,punk etc)


There are a lot of indie makeup companies out there nowadays. Because of sites such as TKB trading, pretty much anybody can whip up their own products and set up an “online company.”  Most of the indie companies flooding the net are selling mineral-based products. This is usually for one of two reasons and the first is the one you have to watch out for; someone is looking to make a quick profit buying straight mica from a wholesaler, putting it in their own packaging and selling it as an original product at a much higher cost. The other reason is usually something along the lines of someone who is a makeup lover themselves and they want to provide all natural, safe and original makeup.  These companies provide makeup that is often vegan and free of all sorts of ingredients we are better off not putting on our skin. Many offer inexpensive samples which I think is awesome and makes me much more confident ordering makeup off the internet in general, no matter the company.

It’s good to do a little homework before purchasing from an indie internet company’s site. There are other sites that go into this much more in-depth and explain things much more clearly than I can, many of which are in my blogroll (and two mentioned at the end of this article)  Here I would like to list indie companies I trust that make awesome goth-friendly makeup.

On to the pretties!

Morgana Minerals~Best.Lipstick.Ever! It is a vegan formula and it is so vibrant and long-lasting. Her color selection leans towards dark and daring with black, silver, blues, dark purples, etc. She offers some more wearable shades but I wish she had even more of the tamer colors because with a formula this nice I want one in EVERY color! I just ordered a full-size of her amazing foundation in pale C. It looks ghostly on the site but is actually perfect for us paler-than-the-palest-drugstore-shade gals.  Even better, it doesn’t melt or sweat off in the summer heat! She has a nice variety of eye shadows and glitters, as well as brushes.  She also offers Manic Panic and Jerome Russel hair dyes at lower prices than most stores.

Fyrinnae– They offer an extremely wide array of loose eyeshadows and many can also be used anywhere else you are inclined to decorate. The quality and innovation of their product line has me smitten! Pixie Epoxy is something all sparkle-fiends must have in their arsenal as it is worn over primer to help glitter and glitter-packed shadows adhere to skin and look super vibrant.  Also, their lip lustres (liquid lipcolors )come in lots of fun funky shades and enough wearable everyday shades to cover any occasion. They go on with a wand like a gloss but  dry down and end up fading to a stain. Their loose blush, highlighter and bronzers are worth trying.  All their products are vegan.

High Voltage– Rock N’ Roll themed Mineral Makeup line. Some of the most wearable eye shades I’ve tried. They offer a wide range of matte shadows as well as shimmery and dramatic colors. Samples are just $1.  All the shadows are vegan. They also offer lip stuff in lots of fun colors and wonderful formulations.

Sugarpill-This company is quite different from the others on this list but equally amazing. It is not advertised as mineral-based, they only offer a limited selection of eye makeup, both loose and pressed. Their colors are also different in that they are basically primary colors for your peepers. The red isn’t a dark pink, it’s stoplight red. Same with the pressed yellow & orange, two other colors that are always diluted to be mass-marketable.The pressed colors are pigment rich and not for the faint of heart! Until Sugarpill, if you wanted colors this bold you had to compromise on quality by buying from the type of line offered at Hot Topic.  The loose colors are truly beautiful and some may find them more wearable than their pressed sisters. The quality of the product and the fab packaging score points too!

Evil Shades– A goth-centric Mineral Makeup company. 15 eye samples are available for $10, which is less than one eyeshadow from a department store and possibly more in line with your style! Blushes, glosses and lipsticks are also available. They have unique lipstick shades but their uniquely hued glosses have found their way into my regular makeup rotation, especially “Deadly.” It’s a gorgeous deep plum that makes my lips look dark and luscious.

These are just a sampling of companies out there that are considered small businesses and make original and goth-friendly products. If you want to know more about repackaging or companies you can trust please  check out   Fresco Phyrra’s blog and  Le Gothique

Happy hunting for pretty things that suit your dark desires!


Facial Contouring

Now is the time to try facial contouring because of all the products that flood the counters in summer that will make contouring as easy as can be. You want two products- both powder or cream is fine but I prefer powder- one lighter than your skin and one darker. Rule of thumb is a few shades each way. You don’t want to go too dark  or else you will look like you’re wearing a mask.My tip is to picture the range from your shade to the darkest end of the spectrum and pick the shade exactly in-between the two. A lot of the bronzers released in the summer will work fine but it must be matte!! No shimmer. As far as the lighter shade you can just buy a regular powder or foundation that is a couple shades lighter than your skin unless you are very pale, like me.  Then you will need to buy a product meant to be used as a highlighter. This can be shimmery, unlike the contour color.Fyrinnae has wonderful highlighters that are very inexpensive. You could also look at the drugstore for something like an illuminating cream but high-end brands have more products specifically meant for highlighting. For brushes, a blush brush that isn’t too big or stiff will work  nicely, or try a fan brush.

Contouring can be used on lips and eyes but I want to focus on the face for now. The reason for doing this is that it gives you a nice, pulled-together very finished look. It brings out cheekbones and gives dimension to a face that may not have sharp angles anywhere. This is a great technique for people with round faces!

Anything that is dark receeds, and anything light is brought forward. The oval shape is the most desired, so you want to mentally trace an oval around the outside of your face. You can begin by lightly applying the darker color to the outside of the oval focusing on the sides of your face above and beside your eyes curving up and over just to the arch of your eyebrow and the hollows of the cheeks. You can apply some color to the hairline but go lightly. Blend!!

If you want your nose to appear smaller or straighter, take the lighter color and apply it from the bridge to the tip of your nose as wide as you want it to appear and then apply the darker color on the sides of the nose.

You can also apply the darker color to the jawline to make your face and your neck seem farther apart. Also, a trick for creating the illusion of having cleavage- dust bronzer on the inner curves of your breasts! A little highlighter on your collarbones is pretty too.

Now you want to highlight in between your eyebrows, on the browbone, the tops of the cheeks above the darker  contour color, below the under-eye area and the cupid’s bow.Blend the light and dark colors into each other very well, it should be seamless!! Blend and blend some more. You should notice that your face looks more angular!

Whenever I do this my mom tells me I look “glowy.”

Also, if you want to add an undead twist- Instead of bronzer in the hollows of your cheeks, use a dark purple.