I wear makeup, but I don't wear a LOT of makeup, and I certainly don't have a heavy hand. Moisturizer. Pore Minimizer (I have pores like a grapefruit rind. Note: even when you're on treatment for breast cancer that strips your body of every drop of estrogen, if you were meant to have oily skin, then by damn, you have oily skin). Foundation. Blush. Mascara. Eyeliner. A little eye shadow. I wish I would remember to put lipstick on more often, as in more than once or twice a week, but I just don't think about it more often than that.
I don't carry makeup with me in my purse for touch-ups.
Therefore, I did not know highlighting and contouring is a BIG THING right now. I believe it is Kardashian-driven, but it's no secret that I am not Kardashian savvy. (I can't tell any of them apart, nor do I care enough to try.)
Then I found this pin and was intrigued:
Step by step instructions by Angie show you how to create the illusion of a firmer jawline, a thinner, straighter, nose, prominent cheekbones, and diminished eye bags. It is tailored for women over 50 (who, me?), and she also has video demonstrations. If I looked like her, I wouldn't bother with highlighting and contouring, but I appreciate her efforts to help the less-fortunate (like me). Challenge accepted.
My first hurdle was finding the product she recommended, NYX Cream and Highlight Contour Palette. She said you can use 3 shades of foundation to achieve the same effect, but that was too hard to wrap my non-Kardashian head around. I checked two different Ultas, plus Target, and I was about to give up and scramble for a new "C" when I gave one last look at my Ulta store and found they had replenished their supply. Game on.
|This was around $15. Plus I had a coupon.|
I'm going to warn you now that the pictures that follow are not pretty, and I think I am VERY BRAVE to post them. They are me, in varying stages of putting on this stuff in harsh bathroom lighting. You might need to look through your fingers, as you would in a horror movie. Small children and mouthy teenagers should leave the room.
|No make up.|
|Let the highlighting begin!|
|Highlighting (the light stuff) and|
contouring (the dark stuff)
|Everything blended and foundation applied.|
|All done. Do I look like a Kardashian?|
|For comparison: on the left is with the highlighting and|
contouring; on the right, how I normally wear my makeup.
I don't know what you think, but here's what I think: yes, it looked better with the highlighting. The contouring - meh. May need more practice with that. The product was really thick, and I could feel it on my face. Not sure I liked that, but once it was blended, it wasn't as noticeable. My daughter (who does an excellent job of applying makeup) said cream would be more difficult to use. She recommended I get powder highlighting and contouring kit, or, better yet, I could just get HER one (I did), as it goes on AFTER you put on your makeup and feels lighter.
I think, THINK this is a Pinterest win. Not going to do it on an every day basis, but I'll do it again, or my name isn't Dyanne Kardashian....