What we can sometimes forget is that the celebrity images we see are not always real. Often pictures in magazines are air brushed and edited to give an image of perfection. Also these girls (with the exception of KimK) probably don't go down to the supermarket with full contour on either. They are often wearing this look when they are on stage performing under bright lights on a stage which is a good 10ft away from the closest eye.
For normal daylight and close up this look when done incorrectly can look awful. Product placement is usually around the correct area of the face but it's the colour tones selected that let the look down.
It's common for people to contour with their bronzer which usually ends up looking too warm or orange. It's totally dependant on your natural skin tone which shades you need to use but the colours to go for are not what you may think.
On a medium, olive or darker skin tone you can get away with using a warm contour colour however if you are lighter skinned you need to go for a more ashy tone. Think of the natural greyish/taupe's that a real shadow would create.
We have seen tons of contouring palettes over the years but we have to say Anastasia Beverly Hills have pulled out all the stops with their new contour palette. There really is a contour and highlight shade for every single person out there.
The original contour kit seen below ($40.00) has been around for a while and consists of six shades. Three highlighters and three shading colours. This palette comes with these colours inside and the palette is magnetic so you can swap the colours around.
Vanilla and banana are both a matte highlighter whilst sand has a shimmer finish (no glitter). Java, fawn and havana are three matte colours with varying levels of warmth to suit a good range of skin tones. We particularly love the colour fawn. It's the perfect contour for a fair skin. The texture is soft but doesn't drop or flake. The colour payoff is really great so you can apply small amounts and build to the level you need. These last well and don't cling or go patchy.
Although these colours are a good selection Anastasia has gone one step further and released twenty-one more shades so that no one is left out. As the palette seen above is magnetic you can just purchase the individual new colours and slot them into your existing palette. You can of course re-purchase the same colours above if these suit best.
The 21 shades are sold individually and when purchased will come to you in a little black envelope for you to put into your palette. If you don't own the palette above you can put your refill into any magnetic palettes you may already have such as a Z-palette etc.
The individual refills are only available from http://anastasiabeverlyhills.com/contour-palette.html at the moment which is based in the States however they do ship globally. Each refill colour is $14.00 (around £8.30).
|This book is not available to purchase, it's just to show you the colour range of the individual shades.|
If you purchase six refill colours you will receive an empty magnetic palette to put them in for free. It is definitely worth purchasing six colours because a discount bundle price is then applied and the price for six shades and a palette is $40.00. What a bargain!!
It is hard to choose colours via online sites but the Anastasia website is really good at helping you choose your shades by asking you your skin type and your skin undertones. It will then select colours which may suit.
If you are unsure of your undertones then this guide is a good one to follow....
Warm-Yellow, golden; veins on wrist appear mostly green
Cool-Pink, rosy; veins on wrist appear mostly blue
Neutral-Balance between warm and cool; veins on wrist appear blue and green
Beige-Caramel, honey, deeper in tone than neutral; veins on wrist appear blue and green
Olive-Slightly green, bronze; veins on wrist appear blue and green.
The colours available are mixtures of highlighters and contour shades along with some colour correcting colours (that's the crazy orange, peach and yellow shades).
These palettes will last forever and the colours can also be used as eye shadows for days when a contour is not necessary!
Head over to the Anastasia website now to check out which shades suit you..http://anastasiabeverlyhills.com