Simple contour, bronze, highlight
December is one of my favorite months of the year, because I love the lights and the glitter. Seeing homes and businesses all around town sparkling and colorful makes me feel so hopeful and happy. So this month, I wanted to be a “happy shiny person” and glow like Christmas lights, on my face. I used a combination of great products (new to me) to achieve a “simple” warm, glowing contour, bronze, and highlight. I’ve been wearing this all month and now just in time for the holidays, I’m sharing it with you!
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For me this is a big deal. I’m all about simple makeup; I don’t do contour, bronzer, or highlight ever, because I kinda suck at any complex makeup application, despite all the HOURS of YouTube tutorials I’ve watched. I want to look great of course – but if products aren’t quick, easy, and simple to put on my face, it just ain’t happening.
Years ago, I tried contour, bronzers, and highlighters and my results were not, NOT good. No matter how I tried to blend, my face looked muddy. I couldn’t find a happy medium with contour and bronzer – no matter how I applied them, either they didn’t show up, or looked too dark and dramatic. At some point, I gave up, and since then the only thing I put on top of my foundation is the slightest dash of subtle, peachy blush. But this December, I decided to try a simple contour, bronzer, and highlight because this season I want to GLOW. I’m incorporating this simple process into my look all this winter season!
On Black Friday, I picked up some new products and tools that I’ve never tried before, and gosh are they fantastic! These products are super blendable (great for a makeup amateur like me) and I found that they work fabulously together!
- Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzing Powder
- Anastasia Beverly Hills – Glow Kit – Sun Dipped
- Ecotools: Cozy Glow Beauty Kit
Step 1: contour with Hoola
With a light hand, I applied the Hoola contour just under my cheekbones with the Ecotools “Angled Foundation” brush, blending in an upwards direction. I applied just a little bit of contour also to the sides of my forehead, and my jawline. Next, I used the “Full Shadow” brush to lightly contour the sides of my nose. Of all the contours I’ve tried, Hoola really is the most natural looking and easiest for me to apply.
Step 2: bronze with Glow Kit
I grabbed the “Complexion Buffer” brush to lightly dust Bronzed over the cheekbone and forehead areas of my face that I contoured. This helps the contour blend in even better, and gives a super lovely warmth to the skin.
Step 3: highlight with Glow Kit
Using the “Full Concealer” brush, I’m gonna use quite a bit of Summer on top of my cheekbones, and then swipe a small amount on my outer brow bones, center of the cupid’s bow, and straight down the bridge of my nose. This highlighting powder is so freaking pretty. The shimmer gets picked up by the light and makes my face just look WOW. You can get away with putting on quite a bit at nighttime, or when you’re going to a party that will have dim lighting.
What do you think?!
Wasn’t that easy?! Would you, or have you tried this simple glow look? You should! I’ve gotten so, so many compliments every time I’ve used these products to get this glow. I really do look and feel like a “happy shiny person” when I do this simple application and it’s really stepped my holiday look game up. I hope you try this out and enjoy! Let me know in the comments and check back on my blog blue011008.com for more beauty looks, product reviews, etc!