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Contouring doesn’t have to be overwhelming or harsh, and the pros at Make Up For Ever are here to help you along the way. The new Pro Sculpting Face Palette has four “ultra-blendable” creams that feel smooth and look natural to help you create the illusion of a sculpted, slimmer face. But it’s not just about product, it’s also about placement…
“The most important thing about sculpting is light. A touch of light is the key element when contouring & sculpting.”
—Dany Sanz, MAKE UP FOR EVER Founder and Creative Director
A few weeks ago, I was invited to a Make Up For Ever sculpting event. We learned about facial structure and went through a few drawing and sculpting exercises to get to know the different planes of the face and how we can manipulate light and shadow in the right way to sculpt/contour.
After drawing, sculpting and snack time, we met Trinidad Story, Make Up For Ever’s national product trainer and makeup artist extraordinaire. He gave us some really helpful tips for using the Pro Sculpting Face Palette. The first piece of advice was to use highlight to lift the face. A lot of people highlight from the arch of their brow in a downward direction, but if you aim your highlight shade up into the hairline, it lifts the cheekbone and eye area as you can see above.
Next, we talked contour. We all know pretty much where the contour shade goes, in the hollows of the cheeks. But the best way to figure out where to END the contour line is by placing two fingers on the side of the lip… and that’s where you stop.
He also shared another cool tip with us, the Pro Sculpting Face Palette can be used for a complete look. He took the blush shade and applied it to the eye crease and popped a bit of the shimmer on the centre of the lid. You can also use the blush shade on the lips as well. This palette is amazing for pros and world travellers.
Since we’re not all lucky enough to have Trinidad at our service when we get ready to face the world, there’s a handy contour and highlight cheat sheet included with the kits.
The Pro Sculpting Face Palette comes in 4 shades: 20 Light, 30 Medium, 40 Tan and 50 Dark. As you can see Light and Medium have the same blush and shimmer as does Tan and Dark. Each palette has 4 x 0.08 oz of product.
20 Light – suitable for fair to light skintones. It’s neutral as far as the undertone of the cream highlight goes. The contour is a beautiful pinky, taupe, which is perfect on fair skin. I find a lot of contours are too warm for someone with my colouring (neutral fair, can wear MUFE R220 and Y225).
30 Medium – suitable for light to medium skintones. The cream highlight has a bit more warmth to it, as does the contour. As I stated earlier, the blush and shimmer are the same in both 20 and 30. Blush is a pinky coral and the shimmer is a pale gold.
40 Tan – suitable for deeper, tan skintones. This would be great for skin in the MUFE Y or MAC NC range, although those with deeper skintones in the MUFE R/MAC NW range could definitely pull off this yellow-toned highlight/warm contour.
50 Dark – suitable for dark skintones. The blush and shimmer are the same as 40 tan; blush is a deep orange red and the shimmer is a gorgeous warm gold.
The shimmer for the lighter palettes is so pretty! It’s not too yellow, which happens with some gold shimmers. It’s just a nice pale gold that is very flattering. The blush is a pinky peach, and no it’s not the same formula as the MUFE HD cream blushes we love (I asked). It has a bit more of a slippery, silky feel.
The two lighter palette shades, side-by-side. You can see on my neutral fair skin the 20 Light is a perfect cream highlight match and the 30 Medium has a tad bit more of a yellow tone. The contour shades are perfection, I mean look at that 20 Light contour…
Even though the blush and shimmer shades for the 40 Tan and 50 Dark palettes are a bit too harsh for me, I am still tempted to rock these colours. The shimmer highlight is a beautiful warm gold that reminds me of Laura Geller’s Gilded Honey only in a cream product. The blush is a beautiful warm burnt orange.
If you’re in the deeper skintone range, you should choose your palette based on the contour since the cream highlights are fairly similar. The 40 Tan contour is a lot lighter and warmer, whereas the 50 Dark contour is very deep (and so stunning, I can imagine this making a gorgeous cream eyeshadow as well).
Here’s my face prepped, primed and ready to go. I’m wearing MUFE Ultra HD concealer and stick foundation as well as MUFE Smoky Stretch mascara and MAC’s new Veluxe Brow liner in Omega. Without any contour, highlight or colour, my face looks flat.
Add a pop of colour to the lids and cheeks, some light contour to the hollows of my cheekbones and top of my forehead and highlight and shimmer to the highest points of my face… and I look more awake to be honest.
Also wearing Clarins Palette 5 Couleurs in Natural Glow and Rouge Eclat in Pink Blossom
Everything blends out really well and looks extremely natural. No harsh contour line, no overdone blush, and the shimmer highlight leaves a nice glow.
The Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Face Palette is also very longwearing, and I didn’t even set with powder. I noticed very minimal fading after 8 hours. Now I admit, I am terrified of contouring as I have done it in the past and it looked extremely unnatural, but I feel like you can’t go wrong with this face palette though… the products are buildable and blend very easily.
Looking for something in the medium to tanned skintone range? Check out Samantha’s video review of the new MUFE Pro Sculpting products (face palette, brows and lips!)
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