I think most people reading this blog fall into the category of self-proclaimed beauty addict, and in the words of Rachel Zoe, as beauty addicts we need options. Bronzer options, highlighter options, lip color options. Matte, satin, shimmer, dark, light, golden, champagne...you get my drift. Well on my latest quest to find the perfect contour and highlight shades to create a sculpted face a la Kim Kardashian, I found the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium and Celestial Powder in Candlelight.
The Sculpting Powder comes in one shade, medium. Medium is a dark gray brown which is the ideal shade for adding definition and creating shadows on the face for contouring. I think there is a bit of a learning curve with this product because I was used to contouring with bronzer, which has a much different look. I was not sure how this color would translate in the everyday world and look natural. The powder is incredibly soft and fine, which means that it blends easily, but that a light hand is needed. I find the best way to use this is to powder my foundation first to create a smooth non sticky surface, and then I use the tip of a paddle shaped blush brush or my MAC 109 contour brush to place the product in the hollows of my cheeks. For a more natural effect, I mix this powder with a light bronzer such as Lisa Eldridge did in her highlighting and contouring video. I find this the best way to wear this during the day. The shade is quite buildable so I think it does work for most skin tones.
The Celestial Powder in Candlelight is a shimmery, champagne colored highlighter. Again, the powder is very soft, so blends easily. This product is extremely pigmented- a very light hand is needed. In fact, because the powder is so soft I find that even with a quick dip of my brush too much product is picked up. If you use a brush then you need to tap off the excess on the back of your hand, or just use your fingers to place the product where you want it. It does blend out nicely for a nice effect. On my darker skin I prefer to use a shade like this for highlighting in the cooler months.
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I preformed surgery on my Candlelight compact and depotted the pan and placed it in the Sculpting powder compact so that I would have my own highlighting/ contour kit! There was a minor complication with the highlighter suffering a dent but acceptable! The Sculpting Powder comes with a sponge which I do not understand at all (why would anyone apply a contour shade with a sponge?) and the highlighting powder comes with a brush, which is more useful than the sponge but also fairly useless.I think this is incredibly convenient and I am much more likely to use these products and take them with me when traveling as well.
The Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium retails for $42 and the Celestial Powder in Candlelight retails for $42 and available at Nordstrom. Both are gorgeous products likely to be loved by any beauty addict or contouring aficionado.
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