Basic Contouring and Highlighting

Contouring and highlighting is a great way to visually minimise and enhance facial features. This is one of the most difficult makeup techniques to master as it is very obvious when it goes wrong. So why would you contour and highlight in the first place? Well it an can make your face look thinner, cheek bones more prominent, and nose slimmer.

Products

There are many different products you can use to contour. For a more natural look (and my personal favourite) you can use two different shades of foundation: one a shade lighter than your skin colour and one a shade darker. You can use powders, a matte cool toned brown and a light powder with fine shimmer particles. If using a powder highlighter make sure it is not glittery or has large particles of shimmer or has a metallic finish if you want to keep it fairly natural. The final way is to use liquids or creams, this often has the most natural finish as the skin is naturally dewy and creams give the same finish. Although I love this option is is usually not the best for people who have oily skin that are looking for longevity with their makeup.

Our favourite products are: NYX blush in Taupe, Sleek contouring and highlighting palette in Light, Benefit liquid highlighter in High Beam, MAC mineral skin finish in Soft and Gentle, Benefit Hoola and Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel

Concepts

Once you get the general concepts of contouring then it can be applied to any face and you can decide how much or little you want to visually alter your face shape. So what are these basic concepts?

– if you apply a dark matte colour to any part of your face you are going to make that part less prominent and it appears to be further back or minimises the area. Make sure the colour is matte as a shimmery colour does the exact opposite of what you are trying to achieve

– if you apply a light shimmery colour to any part of your face you are going to make that part more prominent and it appears to be further forward or enhances the area . A shimmery colour reflects the light which enhances the effect of the highlighter.

Tools:

It really depends on whether you are using a powder or a liquid. For powders I would recommend a small kabuki brush for contour and a small fluffy brush for highlighting (something like a MAC 224). For liquids and creams I would recommend a pointed dense synthetic brush (like the Real Techniques contour brush) for the contour colour and for the highlighter I would recommend a small synthetic fluffy brush (like the Sigma P82). The reason I would suggest synthetic brushes for liquid or cream products is that the bristles are not damaged by the product and real hair brushes sometimes are and they are more likely to leave the product patchy on your face.

Application

Now keeping all of that in mind where should you apply it? Well the most feminine features on the face are our high cheekbones, slender nose and small foreheads, so that is where we want to place our contour and highlighter.

Cheekbones: place a contour colour under where your cheekbones are, the easiest way to find this if you’re a beginner is to pull a fishy face and place the colour in the hollow that starts at the top of your eye and goes to the corner of your mouth. It is important to not apply the contour all the way to your mouth but instead stop where your eye starts. For highlighter you apply it on the top of the cheekbones and blend it towards the hairline. Again don’t apply the highlighter to close to the nose but instead start the highlighter  at the otter edge of your iris and bring it up to the hairline. (Brown is contour, pink is highlighter)

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Nose: place the contour colour on the edges of the nose and keep the bridge of the nose free of product, make sure you use a very light hand. With the highlight colour place down the bridge of the nose but stop it before the nostrils as it will just make the nose look oily if product is placed in that area. (Brown is contour, pink is highlighter)

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Forehead: this technique is often used when wanting to bronze up the appearance of your face but can also be used to further shape the face. Using the contour colour place it on the  temples and sides of the forehead and leave the central part free of product. You can also place highlighter in this central region but I would not recommend this as I believe it looks quite unnatural when placed in this area.

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Let us know how this works for you and any of your contouring and highlighting techniques

xxx Rubenesque

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Makeup Tutorial: Easy Formal/Prom Look

Hi Everyone,

We just created a youtube channel and would love if you went to check it out!

Our video is on an Easy prom/formal that is suitable on most eye shapes, eye colours and dress styles. We used drugstore/high street products to make the overall look affordable for students and those on a budget.

~PRODUCTS MENTIONED~

Revlon Photoready Foundation: http://tinyurl.com/lwwd8kz
Maybelline Fit Me Foundation: http://tinyurl.com/ntwgg2q
Revlon Colorstay concealer: http://tinyurl.com/o8vfugk
Face of Australia Loose translucent powder: http://tinyurl.com/ppkstrm
Maybelline Colour Tattoo – Barely Branded
BH Cosmetics 28 colours neutrals palette: http://tinyurl.com/oj2ycsq
Sleek Contour Kit: http://tinyurl.com/bwbownu
Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer: http://tinyurl.com/ofcksev
Smooch Blush: http://tinyurl.com/ph27x7m
Maybelline The Falsies: http://tinyurl.com/obwtxgx
Maybelline Colour Sensations — Pink Pleasure
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss — Life’s a Peach
Real Techniques Makeup Brushes: http://tinyurl.com/96n7qkz

~OTHER PLACES TO FIND US~

YOUTUBE: RubenesqueBeautyBlog
EMAIL: rubenesque@hotmail.com
INSTAGRAM: @rubenesquebeautyblog
TWITTER: @RubenesqueBB

Battle of the Mascaras

Mascara

Recently we went to Chanel to purchase the illustrious Vitalumière Aqua foundation. When we were there the shop assistant gave both of us samples of their new mascara: Le Volume de Chanel. So we thought we’d try it out and do a review to compare it to the drugstore mascaras of our current collection and decide if the High-end brands are really worth the hype.

High End makeup brands…we all want them in our collection, don’t lie ladies. The packaging, the colour range, the hype; we are all very easily sucked in. Unfortunately, purchasing these items puts a serious dent in our savings. But often you are paying for quality, so it’s worth it. But don’t be fooled! Many of these products are not worth the hype, and often there are products from cheaper brands that produce really similar results.

It is worth doing your research before making such expensive purchases. Good sources for easy research include youtube and beauty blogs.

Today we are endeavoring to compare a couple of high-end mascaras with some of our favourite drugstore mascaras.

Covergirl Lash Perfection Mascara 

Advertised as a volumising mascara that gives a ‘dramatic look’ with a brush that attempts to coat each lash individually. From personal experience it does have really great separation of the lashes that gives a quite natural, volumising look. No clumps, and lasts on the eyes all day. I wouldn’t say that it’s that ‘dramatic’ in its volume but it’s great for a slightly voluminous, natural looking lashes. We give this mascara 8/10.

Maybelline Define-a-lash (waterproof formula)

This is NOT WATERPROOF! Both of us will testify that we initially really liked this mascara, but the formula changed and since then we just haven’t been as happy. Also, unlike the advertising, it is not waterproof and smudges when wet, however, is still ridiculously hard to wash off your eyes at the end of the day. Nevertheless there are positives to this mascara. It provides great length and definition whilst minimally enhancing volume so gives a fairly natural look. It advertises as a mascara that ‘elongates and accentuates the lashes’ so overall it almost lives up to expectations. We give this mascara 6.5/10.

Maybelline The Falsies Flared

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A mascara that has a pro-keratin formula, in my personal opinion it doesn’t visually make a difference but may be better for your lashes as keratin is a main component in hair. The falsies is one of my favourite, it is extremely thickening and lengthening, it does give you great looking lashes but I still wouldn’t go as far to say that they look like falsies. I do love the thick curved wand, it is really great  at curling the eyelashes and the formula does hold the curl a pretty well. The formula is quite thin and wet but the bristles tend to dry out the product quickly. The only bad thing I have to say about this mascara is its longevity, after only a few hours it starts to mildly flake off, it isn’t a deal breaker but just a slight annoyance. We give this mascara 9/10. 

Revlon Grow Lucious Mascara 

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Okay so this is a mascara that I really love, what I look for most in a mascara is longevity. And this mascara lasts perfectly, there is no smudging or flaking as long as you don’t get wet. The large brush claims to plump and visibly lengthens lashes and I have to say I agree. The brush is very large which I like but I know many people hate them, so I guess this mascara may not be for those people. It has a wet think formula that lengthens the lashes but I would say it doesn’t give much volume to them, I like the formula though as it is easy to apply and dries quickly. As for the claims that it helps to grow your lashes, I don’t think that it has done anything to my natural lashes, however I didn’t buy this mascara with the hopes that it would work so there wasn’t any disappointment from me. This mascara is a good drugstore version of my holy-grail one. We give this mascara 9.5/10.

Covergirl lash blast length 

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This mascara gives great length and beautiful separated lashes but basically no volume giving the overall effect on the lashes a nice natural look. I love this mascara for everyday when you don’t really feel like wearing makeup. It is buildable and you can  get a little more volume if you want that sort of look. It claims to be water-resistant which I haven’t yet fully tested, but I have never had an issue with smudging or flaking. We give this mascara 8/10.

Le Volume de Chanel (10 noir)

Advertises as a mascara that provides ‘volume and curl – lash by lash’. And it definitely delivered! It is incredibly light weight, so doesn’t weigh down the lashes over the day. Lasts all day and looks exactly as you applied it in the morning! Gorgeous deep black colour with amazing separation of the lashes that gives you such an incredible volumising and lengthening look. We honestly couldn’t believe how amazing our lashes looked with it on.

We give this mascara 11/10!

They’re Real Benefit

Probably one of the best mascaras on the market at the moment. And yes, you have probably seen about 1 million reviews on this already. With good reason. It really lives up to it’s name with about 95% of people who try it. It advertises that it ‘lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts and separates’ and it really does all that! And on top of all that it has great long lasting results! The brush is also fantastic in that it allows you to get into those small lashes closer to your nose that sometimes get left behind. The formula lasts all day and doesn’t weigh your lashes down at all. Unfortunately, although it is not as expensive as some of the other mascaras that are considered ‘high end’ it still costs a pretty penny. We  give this mascara 9/10.

Dior Extase

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This is a great mascara, it has one of those wavy wands that look like three balls have been stuck together. I am a big fan of these wands but I know it is personal preference because Carla hates them. These wands give your eyelashes a super curled effect and make your lashes look fantastic. There are a few downsides however, the formula dries up quickly, it is a dark grey instead of black (like advertised) and it weighs down your eyelashes which means after a couple of hours you have already lost the brilliant curl that the mascara wand just gave you. The mascara really does give you great looking lashes, it lengthens and gives great volume  We give this mascara 6/10.

Lancome Virtuose 

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One of our higher end mascaras Lancome Virtuose was one of the first wands to have this curved shape when brands like Maybelline (with the falsies flared) caught onto the trend. I do love this mascara but for the $30 price tag I’d rather go with the falsies flared as the formula is almost identical. The only reason I would go over this over the falsies is because of the wand, it grabs every single lash (even those little ones still growing) and lengthens, separates and gives amazing volume. I would love to try out the Hypnose version of this one as I tend to like the wavy wands more. We give this mascara 9/10. 

Just remember that everyone has a different eye shape and different preferences so we can’t guarantee our experiences will be universal. However, we believe the clear winner is…

DRUM ROLL PLEASE!

Le Volume De Chanel!

Considering that mascaras only last 3-4 months and most people won’t want to spend $160 on mascara a year, we believe that the close runner up is Revlon Grow Lucious.

So the final verdict, are high end mascaras worth it? Well in our honest opinion with the short expiry date on most mascaras and the large price tags, luxury mascaras are just that, luxury items. Overall they are better quality mascaras, they make your lashes look incredible and generally last longer than drug store ones, but for three to four times the price it just isn’t worth it on a day to day basis. Besides drug store brands over the past year have really picked up their game and the quality has skyrocketed. Don’t get us wrong, high end brands and their mascaras are amazing and if you feel like a spluge the price definitely reflects the quality, we recommend them for special occasions and days where you feel like an extra kick with your look.

Hope you enjoyed

xxx Rubenesque

(PS. If you have any questions regarding specific use, retail price, or anything else, feel free to comment below and we will reply as best we can)