One of the looks I've seen for a while but been hesitant to try is contouring. I've always felt I have very strong features, and I try not to add too much makeup because of it.
After much consideration (okay, let's get real...it was a lot of browsing and pinning that inspired me), I decided to attempt a simple version of a contoured look. I even found a chart for my "face shape" to try and follow.
Of course, it wouldn't be me if I actually did things as they were intended...which is why I used only what I had on hand to contour and highlight: eyeshadow, and my base foundation.
I will say that next time I go for any sort of highlighter, I'l try to stay clear of anything with sparkle in it (I felt a little too much like I had just come from a K$sha party), and probably not quite as white (perhaps a cream color for my skin tone).
Surprisingly, the eyeshadow I chose to contour with wasn't as dark as I thought it would be (I probably could have gone with the "less is more" and built up instead of putting it all on at once so it wasn't QUITE as strong, but hey, that's why we have these trial runs...right?!), and blended better than expected.
Of course even with the amount of blending I did, I felt like it looked off until I added a full makeup look to it.
Adding blush really helped, along with filling in my eyebrows. The real change was once I did my eye makeup (including false lashes), and added some lip color- I started feeling less aware of the fact that I was wearing ALL of the makeup (until I looked in the mirror again).
Nevertheless! It was a fun experience (including some ridiculous faces caught on camera that I maaaaaaay share later), and I'd like to think, not a Pinterest Fail.
At the very least I now know I can create a very strong/dramatic look for future photoshoots out of my basic neutral eyeshadow palette in a pinch...
Have you ever tried contouring makeup? What is your favorite/least favorite part of it?