5 Contouring & Highlighting Tips For The Makeup Newbie

Thanks to the Kardashians, contouring has become a huge trend in the makeup world. It always looks so simple and easy when you watch the Insta videos, but it another story when you have to start shading and strobing all by yourself.

Uh-oh.

LOL!

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re first starting out, but don’t worry. With a little patience, practice and a loooot of blending, I promise that you’ll be able to do it like a pro soon enough. In the meantime, check out some of the highlighting & contouring tricks that I’ve learned along the way. These little tricks really made my makeup life a lot easier!

Tip #1: Cream Formulas Are Best For Contouring Newbies.
This is because they’re easy to blend and you can always use your sponge to erase any mistakes. When shopping, go for a color that’s one to two shades darker than your regular foundation. This will help the shadows look more natural and wearable if you’re at work or on a date.

Been using the Sleek Cream Contour Kit in Medium lately and I love how easy it is to blend!

Been using the Sleek MakeUP Cream Contour Kit in Medium lately and I love how easy it is to blend!

The different shades allowed me to play around with stronger contours for events. I was also able to use the lighter shades as a concealer—yay for multi-tasking products!

The different shades allowed me to play around with stronger contours for events. I was also able to use the lighter shades as a concealer—yay for multi-tasking products!

Tip #2: Have Oily Skin? Opt For Powder Formulas.
This is especially true when it comes to your highlighter since the goal is to look dewy—not greasy. Because powders can absorb excess oil, this formula will last longer on your skin and it can even help control excess shine. The only challenge? Powders are harder to blend, but you can make life easier for you by investing in the right brushes (I prefer an angled brush for contouring and a mini fan brush for highlighting).  Continue reading

Review: Maybelline V-Face Contour by Face Studio (Giveaway Inside!)

Do you remember this feature from Preview magazine? I was asked to talk about my favorite makeup move—strobing! But after interviewing Camie about why she loves to contour, I’ve been experimenting with it a bit more. And besides, these new products have been making it super easy for me.

But how could I resist these? Contouring looks so easy with the new Maybelline V-Face Contour line by Face Studio.

How could I resist these babies? Say hi to the new Maybelline V-Face Contour line by Face Studio! P.S. Make sure you read this post until the end for the giveaway!

Can you guess what they’re trying to get you to achieve with this? It’s the enviable (and trending) “V” shape for the face! You can totally sculpt a thinner nose and face with this if you want to, so I thought I’d give it a try!

Whenever I try new looks, I love looking for celeb pegs! This time around, I went with Angelina Jolie.

Whenever I try new looks, I love looking for celeb pegs. This time around, I took my inspo from Angelina Jolie.

When I was researching, I was surprised to see that she actually liked using pretty pops of pink on her cheeks during red carpet events. There’s always a little sculpting underneath to emphasize her gorgeous cheekbones, but it’s very minimal. Based on the photos I saw on IG, I also noticed that she only darkens the contour shadows during photoshoots + movie promos.

After putting my liquid foundation, I used the MaybellineV-Face Duo Stick, P499.

So now that I have my peg, I can start contouring! I applied my liquid foundation first and then I used the MaybellineV-Face Duo Stick, P499.

I placed tiny swipes over the hollows of my cheeks, along my temple, jawline, and the sides of my nose. For the highlighter, I placed it over the highest points on my cheeks and my nose bridge. My first impression? Loved the highlighter, was iffy about the color of the contour cream (keep reading—swatches later!). But surprisingly, when I applied the contour on top of my skin, it was the perfect shade for Pinays! Super subtle!

Clickity-click to read my review of the other products, see swatches + what it looks like on me, and to find out more about the giveaway! One lucky reader will get to take all these home!! Continue reading

Sparkle TV: Watch What Happened At My Preview Magazine Shoot!

You guys! I’m super excited to share this with you :)

I'm in the June 2016 issue of Preview magazine! It's the country's top fashion glossy.

I’m in the June 2016 issue of Preview magazine! It’s the country’s top fashion glossy!

I’m super honored that they featured me as one of the beauty bloggers in the issue, because their standards are crazy high. It was such a different experience to be in front of the camera for an magazine editorial (I’m usually standing beside the photographer, directing). I was super nervous, but it turned out to be so much fun!

And it's because I got to work with an amazing team! That's Preview's Eugene David, Belle Rodolfo, and photog Koji Arboleda.

And that’s mostly because I got to work with an amazing team! That’s Preview’s Eugene David, Belle Rodolfo, and photog Koji Arboleda. A big thank you to Belle for choosing me to be a part of this beauty story!!!

I was really anxious and worried that I wouldn’t be able to, well, project. As an editor, I know how crucial it is for the model/subject to emote so we can get the shot. But thanks the fantastic direction of Team Preview, I was able to relax and just go with the flow—no tequila shots required! Haha!

More behind-the-scenes photos (and watch my YouTube video to see what happened during the shoot) after the jump! Continue reading

Sparkle TV: My US Beauty Haul!

When you see makeup or skincare products that aren’t available locally, what do you do? Do you purchase from resellers, order online and risk having them shipped, or ask someone who’s traveling to oh-so-kindly buy it for you? Me? I prefer to do the latter. Watch and see what I shopped for!

 

If you guys see anything you like or want me to review any of these goodies on the blog, leave me a comment! And don’t forget to subscribe (www.bit.ly/SparkleSubscribe) to send me some love!

P.S.
Did you see me panic at the 1:13 mark when I thought they sent me the wrong product? LOL! ♥

Review: Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation & Concealer

I was thrilled when Urban Decay emailed me and said that they wanted to send me a few items for review. I thought I was dreaming! Urban Decay?? It’s like one of the coolest makeup brands out there and I’m on their beauty radar! Yay!

Getting a kit from a US brand was so different. Locally, they usually send a printed write-up about the product and brand (with a CD or USB filled with photos). UD sent a short note and a little info card that mentioned all the highlights about the Naked Skin line. It was short and sweet and straight to the point—I likey!

Wearable contour? That sounds like a good challenge!

Wearable contour? That sounds like a good challenge!

If you watch my YouTube videos, you know that contouring isn’t part of my makeup routine. But wearable contour? I can get on board with that. I was beginning to notice that my face was looking a tad long and flat lately in photos, so maybe adding more natural shadows might help (more about that on my YouTube channel soon!).

For now, let’s do a thorough review of these makeup goodies!

Let's start with the foundation! Isn't the rose gold box and sleek packaging pretty?

Let’s start with the foundation! Isn’t the rose gold box and sleek packaging pretty? I can’t get myself to throw them out just yet!

Okay so here’s the scoop on the foundation: It’s gives you major coverage without feeling heavy, there’s also a blurring effect that’s supposed to happen, and it has light-reflecting spheres (and peptides!) to help lessen the appearance of fine lines. Sounds good so far, right?

More swatches, my take on the “wearable contour” technique, and see what the foundation looks like on me after the jump! Continue reading

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