This is a very short list. Two items made the top of my list for contour and highlight. I think you guys already know…
Chanel Sculpting Veil in Notorious simply defies everything we know about contour. It works on just about every skin tone under the sun, and doesn’t add color. It just adds ‘shadow.’ It’s amazing. The only crime about this product is that it was limited edition and sold out fairly quickly. I am completely in love with this product. If you can get it, don’t hesitate.
Kevyn Aucoin Highlighter in Candlelight is considerably easier to get. I love this stuff. You use such a little bit to add a whole lot of light to a wide range of skin tones. It just gives the skin a bit of a glow, like it’s bathed in candlelight.
That’s it! These are my go to contour and highlight. I use them on myself and clients… they are absolute must haves for me.
The highlighting powder in ‘Candlelight’ is probably considered the Crown Jewel of the Kevyn Aucoin Brand. It is one of the few highlighters on the market that translates by adding ‘light’ to the widest possible range of skin tones. Most highlighters fall into two categories: Pink/Cream or Gold/Bronze. Makeup artists switch back and forth as needed, depending on skin tone. But ‘Candlelight’ maintains a iridescent ‘glow’ on both fair and dark skins, without going gold or bronze on lighter skin tones, or ashy on darker skin tones.
The brush that it comes with is absolutely horrid. I tossed it right away. But the powder itself is extremely finely milled. I think that’s its secret. You use the tiniest bit to highlight the areas you want, and it ends up looking like the light just sort of caught you that way… like ‘candlelight.’ I was surprised (and pleased) at how quickly it merged in with my natural skin color.
Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in Candlelight retails for $42 and is sold at Space NK.
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