I’m talking contouring today with my new Clinique chubby stick, curvy contour. If you follow me you’ll know I’m more of a natural make up kind of gal except for such occasions as I’m going ‘out, out’ in which case I will use some colour on my eyes and go a bit heavier with coverage etc. However day-to-day I do like a bit of contouring as on the odd day when I’m rushing around and forget to use it I can really see a difference in the way I look (not in a good way)
Up until now I’ve been using ‘Collection’ Precision contour stick, It’s been knocking around In my makeup bag for quite a while now to the point where the branding has rubbed off as it does and so I decided it was time to replace it. I’ve had my eye on Clinique Chubby sticks in general, particularly this sculpting contour stick. I tried it at the beauty counter with the very friendly and helpful assistant and loved it. We talked about other uses for it such as using it to add a bit of colour to the face, sweeping it over areas of the face where the sun would naturally hit and then blend, blend, blend.
There’s just something about Clinique as a brand that just draws me in, from the super feminine print on the boxes to the gorgeous products themselves. Also I do love that the assistants have to wear white coats, something clean and clinical about it which I love. I went through a phase when literally everything in my make up bag was Clinique, I kept the products in their boxes for as long as possible as I couldn’t bear to throw them away. Other favourites of mine are the Mild Cleansing Facial Soap and Dramatically Different Moisturiser. The aesthetically pleasing colour palette of Clinique just looks so pretty and girly on any bathroom shelf or dressing table.
Chubby stick sculpting Contour
Clinique claim: This Creamy contouring stick creates the illusion of depth; makes areas appear to recede. Long-wearing, oil-free. Apply to hollows of cheeks and along the jawline.
Ever since Kim k revolutionised contouring the world has gone crazy for it! But sadly, all too often it’s overdone for day wear, natural light is not kind to our complexion and quite often a brown stripe is seen daubed on coupled with a white stripe sitting above. This is a scary look which I see fairly regularly on any given high street, occasionally to point where I’ll quietly gasp to myself at the shocking appearance of said high street contour fails. In some extreme cases which I’ve seen the only thing missing is Army fatigues. We’ll have none of that with Clinique Curvy Contour thank you.
Of course, it’s all about choosing the right shade for your skin tone and applying in such a way that it gives the appearance of shadow to the hollows of our cheeks to give the illusion of higher chiseled cheek bones. To make areas look sharper such as the jaw line. Use it make areas appear to recede and add the highlight to accentuate. I don’t tend to use it around my temple area as my head goes in far enough there as it is! Basic rule is dark recedes and highlighting will bring areas forward. We know where we should be using it don’t we.
Glides on, blends beautifully, perfect shade for contouring (and other uses) Can you tell I love it? No sharpening required and the formula is soft enough to blend like a dream. Use on bare skin or over your usual base/foundation. I use a tinted moisturiser daily as I only need light coverage, I apply sculpting contour and blend using upward strokes with my fingers until there’s just enough to give the required illusion of chiselled cheek bones! I have been blessed with fairy high cheek bones so its easy for me to see exactly where to apply my contour, I imagine if you have a fuller face it can be a little more tricky but generally if you suck your cheeks in you’ll see where to apply it. I find if I set it with my usual bronzer it has pretty good staying power. I always go over my contour with bronzer just to blend and finish the look. I can see this is going to last me ages as there’s plenty there and I’m not too heavy-handed with it.
In terms of highlighting I have a few of these so I didn’t indulge in the Clinique version, although the more I look at the shopping link below, the more I’m starting to cave! I’ll keep it on my radar for the time being.
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