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

My New Favorite Blush!

It’s such a pretty compact, guys!

Can you guess what type of product this is based on the packaging?

Can you guess what brand this is based on the packaging?

What about the brand? There's a clue on the compact—it says Maquillage ;)

There’s a clue on the compact—it says Maquillage ;)

I know, I know. I’m getting carried away with the packaging. But before I tell you what the brand is, let’s take a look at what’s inside first!

 Sigh. Such perfect little combos of peach and pink tones.


Sigh. This flush enhancer really has pretty combos of peach and pink tones.

And look! It even made sleepy-eyed me look a lot more fresh! #Yasssss

And look! It even made sleepy-eyed me look a lot more fresh! #Yasssss

So…Do you like it yet? Then clickity-click! I’ll give you the scoop on my new fave blush (it even has a super unique brush) after the jump! Continue reading

Beauty Q&A: How Do I Prevent Caking?

Happy Monday, ladies! I got an interesting makeup question from one of my readers recently…Check it:

Whenever I put on my powder or set my liquid foundation with powder, I notice that it always cakes—especially around the nose area. Am I doing it the wrong way? Should I wait for my foundation to dry before applying powder? Please share tips on how to do this properly. —Joy

Such an interesting question, Joy! I have so many answers because a lot of elements come into play:

1. First, you should definitely wait for your liquid makeup to settle into your skin. Just do your brows while you wait.
2. Once you’ve powdered, don’t even think about going over your face with more creams or liquids—it’ll definitely cake if you do.
3. When setting your liquid foundation, I recommend using translucent powder. You’ll score a more flawless finish because the particles are finer and you won’t be piling on more color.

Now I have a question for you: How do you actually apply the powder? Do you rub or pat it on? I discovered an AWESOME powder application trick (I call it the press-and-roll) and it’s been my secret to scoring a smoother, cake-free finish every time—and all you need is a powder puff!

Press and roll! I like saying it just like Reese Witherspoon says "Bend and Snap!" in Legally Blonde :P

Press and roll! I like saying it in the same tone as Reese Witherspoon’s “Bend and Snap!” in Legally Blonde :p Tee-hee!

For more anti-caking tips, click to check out the full tutorial I made for BDJBox.com. Continue reading

5 Foundation Techniques From MAC’s Gregory Arlt

Lucky me got to sit-in on a MAC technique class a few months ago. Celebrity makeup artist, Gregory Arlt, shared a lot of get-pretty tips and it’s made a world of difference in the way I do my makeup now.

Gregory kept all the beauty bloggers entertained with his witty commentary and fab makeup tips.

Gregory kept all the beauty bloggers entertained with his witty commentary and celeb beauty secrets.

This makeup master has been with MAC for over 20 years and is currently the brand’s director of makeup artistry. He’s a veteran at creating red carpet looks and has worked with A-list stars like Katy Perry and Victoria Beckham. Check out some of his other celeb clients here:

He worked with über fashionista Gwen Stefani for the Nylon cover

He got über fashionista Gwen Stefani dolled up for her Nylon cover

He did this very look on the sultry Dita Von Teese, which she posted on her IG account.

He did this very look on the sultry Dita Von Teese. Beauty trivia: Katy Perry actually tracked Gregory down because she wanted to work with Dita’s makeup artist!

During Gregory’s class, I was more fascinated with his foundation techniques and how he got the model’s skin to glow. After years of using BB creams, I’m back to using regular foundation (see why here). I didn’t realize I was in dire need of a refresher course when it comes to applying my base.

Look at how radiant her skin is! More pics inside!

When I saw how radiant the model’s skin became, it really made me sit up and pay attention. Love how it looks like she’s wearing practically no foundation! More pics inside!

Want to step up your makeup game and see how you can make your skin look like it’s naturally glowing? Click on the link to read more! I’ll also reveal Gregory’s technique on how to camouflage pimples (especially the ones that are drying out) after the jump. Continue reading