Natural contour and highlight

Jane Iredale contour kit cool

jane iredale greatshape contour kit

Sometimes you think you’re over something, but then you realize – when the right thing comes your way – that you’re actually as excited about it as you were when you first found out about it.

I’m talking about contour palettes. Am I over them?

Apparently not. And I might have found the best so far for a natural contour and highlight.

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Jane Iredale GreatShape Contour Kit review

Jane Iredale recently came up with the GreatShape contour kits and I was lucky enough to be at the launch. I got my own palette and I’ve been using it ever since. What I like about this palette is that it offers a very natural contour with just enough pigment and a very smooth consistency.

Since Jane Iredale is a mineral makeup line, these powders are mineral-based too. That makes them soft and easy to apply. You can get a very light color – or you can build it up for a heavier contour. I prefer a natural contour, the kind that just enhances my features rather than changes them radically. A nice natural contour looks like the light is just hitting your face from the best possible angle. Right?

The palette comes in two colours – Warm and Cool. I chose the cool one, just ‘cause it happens to be my mojo. I’m cool in that way. The kit has three colours – contour colour, highlight colour and a blush colour. I like that it has a blush in it. I’m all about blushes and for my face shape blush is what makes the biggest difference. Blush actually shapes the face.

All the colors are matte – including the highlight – which makes them suitable for all skin types. I’ve talked about this before (click!), but shimmery colors tend to highlight skin texture. This highlighter brightens and illuminates the skin by reflecting light.

I couldn’t talk about Jane Iredale’s product without mentioning their packaging: This palette comes in a beautiful rose gold packaging with a mirror inside and it’s just simply beautiful. I’m not big on gold jewellery or anything like that, but with makeup products I love gold details and packaging. Another thing about the packaging is, that it’s very graceful. I feel like most contour palettes are huge and as much as I love palettes, I really appreciate a product, that doesn’t take a lot of space in my makeup collection.

Jane Iredale contour kit cool

But here’s a question to you: Do you use contour palettes in your every day makeup? Do you prefer a natural contour or do you carve up your cheekbones like a pro?

I would love to hear your thought! Personally I do contour my face most of the time. It’s not the most important thing in my makeup routine, but I like the difference it makes. But one of the products I never skip, is blush, and if I had to choose between contouring/highlighting and a blush, I would definitely go for blush.

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P.S. I’m wearing on my brows the new brow product I talked about here!

Easy black smokey eye

easy smokey eye

I love a simple smokey eye. It looks fierce and sexy but it’s very easy to do. Like actually easy. Here are my makeup tips for an easy black smokey eye.

easy smokey eye

I love to use a black liner as a base. In this tutorial I used Jane Iredale’s Mystikol in ONYX. It makes this super easy! To bring some light in my inner corner and my lower lashline I used NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk. So you only need two products plus mascara and lashes. If you’re using a liner like I do – make sure the liner is matte, otherwise you need it set it with powder so that it doesn’t crease during the day. This particular liner dries to a matte finish so I got away with only using that.

easy smokey eye

I decided that the easiest way to show this is to make two pictorials. So here is the eyes closed version and below you can see how it looks eyes open.

1. Apply primer and set the primer using a powder (unless the primer is already matte).
2. Apply the black liner all over your lid. Blend it using a small dense brush (or your fingers!).
3. You’ll need to pack that color on, so just apply another layer of that black liner and blend that. Here I realized I could do this with my fingers and it actually worked out better than with the brush. So I tapped the liner on with my finger and tapped on the edges of the colour to blend it out.
4. Apply the black liner on your lower lashline. Here the brush is useful. It’s up to you how dark and smoked out you want your lower lashline to be. I left it quite light.
5. Apply the white pencil on your inner corner and on your waterline. Do this if you want your eyes to appear bigger and brighter – if you have big eyes you can go with black instead (that looks awesome too).
6. Finish the look with mascara and lashes.

easy smokey eyeEyes open version is helpful to people with hooded or deep set eyes like me. I always check how my eyeshadow looks eyes open – in the first picture you can see that the color isn’t high enough – it needs to be blended above the hood to balance the eye shape.

black smokey eye with glasses

This is how the makeup looks with glasses. Since the makeup is very ‘out there’ the glasses don’t hide it – they actually kinda finish off the look very nicely. This is by the way me 80% of the time – anytime I’m working. My sight is okay but when I’m reading or working on a computer I get a headache if I don’t wear glasses. I just feel weird taking photos with them. Would you like to see more of the glasses or not? Let me know, I love to get feedback.

jane iredale mystikol onyx

If you’re interested in a review of this particular black liner, check out my January Favorites post.

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Jane iredale Mystikol Eyeliner, Onyx
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil, Milk
Purminerals Impact+ Mascara
Ardell Demi Wispies Lashes