So I think it’s fair today that contouring isn’t going anywhere. I can’t even begin to count how many tutorials I’ve watched, listened to and attended, but it’s always felt a little high maintenance for me. I wake up super early, so I don’t really trust myself to play around with an absolute tonne of product.
So when Maybelline’s brand new Master Contour crayon popped through the door, I couldn’t help myself! It’s everything you need to create a Kardashian-esque look without the hundreds of products! Instead, it’s a super easy, all-in-one product which lets me apply then run out the door!
Using the Master Contour couldn’t be easier, and I love the fact that it’s a crayon formula. It feel like it just blends into skin flawlessly, leaving you looking believably sculpted. After applying my foundation like usual (at the moment I’m finishing off my Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua) I make a rather instagram-worthy kiss face and swipe a little of the bronzer shade in the hollows of my cheeks. I add a little to the outside of my nose, then to the sides of my jaw and forehead.
Then, using the light side, I focus the high points of my face – I swipe it down my nose, add a little to my forehead, and then sweep it along my cheekbones to the temples. Then, using a soft dense brush, I blend like my life depends on it! The formula of the Master Contour crayon is pretty much perfect – it disappears into skin, leaving me looking far more defined than when I started!
The colour on the darker side is definitely buildable, but it can also be blended out too; meaning that those with both light and medium skin tones will be able to enjoy the Master Contour crayon in light. It’s also available in a medium tone for richer skin colours. I also love the lasting-power of the crayon. Even after applying it first thing in the morning, I still look more defined in the evening.
Maybelline Master Contour is priced at £6.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US).
On a day-to-day basis, I have a pretty standard makeup routine that involves a little foundation, some concealer, bronze mascara and some shadow. If I’m feeling fancy I’ll add a lipstick, but for the most part, I grab a balm or gloss to go. But, on mornings when I’ve woken up that little earlier, or if I’m headed out somewhere fun, I do rather like mixing it up a little.
So, instead of mixing up my lip colours like I normally do when I’m after a change, I’ve been playing with eyeliners. Usually I’m a die-hard pencil kind of a girl. I like the way I can smudge it into my waterline, creating a soft, smoky effect, but sometimes you’ve got to have something a little cleaner and more graphic. Which is where Maybelline’s Master Precise Curvy comes in. It’s a dinky little liner with a felt-pen like tip which makes creating the most graphic of eye looks an absolute breeze!
On days where I want a subtle, clean, line, the side of the Master Precise Curvy provides a sharp line which looks super cute. When I want something that’s a little more ‘out-there’ the flat of the tip provides a thick, far more graphic look, which is perfect if you’re after something a little more ’60s inspired. The felt tip makes application so easy, and the colour applies so cleanly and evenly, you don’t have to go over a line to darken it. Instead, you just get the perfect black line, no matter how thick or thin you want it!
Maybelline Master Precise Curvy is priced at £6.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
For me, summer skin is all about really beautiful natural looking skin that’s got a golden glow. Basically I like to look like I haven’t really tried too hard, but, as usual, it’s looks like this that require a little extra attention to appear really effortless!
So, in the hopes of looking naturally bronzed and defined, I’ve added Maybelline’s Master Sculpt contour kit into my everyday kit. Packaged in a dinky little compact, it contains everything you need to sculpt modelesque cheekbones – a pan of colour containing both a defining and highlighting shade, a mirror, and a little half moon brush.
Using the kit itself really couldn’t be simpler. After applying my usual base and concealer, I sweep a light dusting on the contour shade in the hollows of my cheekbones, around my temples and around my chin, then blend. I’m after a super natural finish, so I only use a touch of the colour, but it’s so easily to build up if you’re looking for something a little more dramatic.
I then add my bronzer like normal, then get to grips with the highlighting shade. It’s perfect if you’re after a natural, believable glow that looks like you’ve been on the green juice all weekend. Again, I use a light touch of it, focusing on the tops of my cheekbones, brow bones, the bridge of my nose and cupid’s bow. If I want to build up my highlight, I then go in with a different formula to add some sheen – although I keep this just to my upper cheekbones. Maybelline’s kit makes contouring feel so easy and effortless, and the formula is beautifully silky soft. It’s perfect for most skin tones too, as there are two colour ways to choose from!
Maybelline’s Master Sculpt Contour Kit is priced at £6.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)
Ok, so the weather today is beyond gorgeous. Apparently it’s warmer in Edinburgh than it is in Barcelona, which doesn’t happen too regularly, so I’ve been doing the sensible thing and enjoying every second of it! So, as you can imagine, when I’m out and about, I want to look super fresh-faced and natural, not like I’m wearing a tonne of makeup!
A new find for me has been Maybelline’s brand new Dream Matte Velvet Foundation – a whipped gel formula which provides medium-to high coverage with a super natural finish. It’s a really awesome option if you’re wanting a super natural but polished look, and it comes in seven colour options. I’ve been apply a tiny amount of the formula using my fingers, blending it into freshly moisturised skin. It’s amazing for covering redness or outbreaks without looking heavy, and all I need is a quick dusting of bronzer and a slick of mascara and I’m goo to go!
Maybelline Dream Matte Velvet Foundation is priced at £7.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US).
It feels like new types of sponges are being brought out every two seconds, but I thought I would draw attention to Maybelline’s newest – the Dream Blender.
Looking a little like a candle, the Dream Blender feels like a firmer Beauty Blender with a handle, and the clean freak in me absolutely loves it! Before I use it, I dampen the sponge slightly, which tends to soften it up a little, and I love the fact that I can stand it up, without it rolling everywhere.
The Dream Blender has been designed to be used alongside their new Dream Velvet Foundation (review to come) but I’ve found it works equally well with my daily foundation line up (which currently rotates between YSL and Chanel).
The pointed tip means that it’s ridiculously easy to get to awkward areas like the around the nose, and I love the airbrushed effect that the blender creates.
Maybelline’s Dream Blender is priced at £4.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US).