To contour or not to contour, that is the question. Despite contouring taking the beauty world by storm it isn’t for everyone. This could be for different reasons but one overriding factor is that it is a precise look that does take time and some effort to get right. These two factors alone make the every day woman avoid contouring as part of their daily beauty regime – and then Smashbox step in and save the day! Let’s welcome the new Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Foundation Stick.
Smashbox have created an all-in-one foundation and contour stick. The double-ended face-shaping stick has a full-sized foundation on the one side and a complementary soft contour shade on the other. This already makes our lives easier ladies because once you match the foundation colour to your skin you don’t have to worry about matching a contour colour as Smashbox have provided a perfectly co-ordinated shade for you.
As I have tried this product on numerous occasions I really can vouch for the fact that it does provide a beautiful natural finish. What’s great is that it’s a medium coverage for your everyday wear but is buildable so you can add and build for more coverage. Once I apply the foundation to my skin it blends so easily and smoothly with a foundation brush. The soft contour side is equally as easy to use as the angle allows me to create a soft contour or a strong contour depending on the look I am going for. The fact that it is a cream contour also allows for easier blending into the foundation. But what’s the point in writing all of this when I can show you?
Below are images of a “before and after” look using the Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Foundation Stick.
You can watch me do a BASIC contour in just over 1 minute, below:
If you need some slow, step-by-step assistance:
- Find your shade by matching the foundation side to your skin tone
- Apply the foundation where needed and blend (I love using the Smashbox Stippling Foundation Brush)
- For contouring the cheekbones I slightly suck in my cheeks and drag the angled side from the top of the cheekbone half way down my cheek. Be sure to drag it below the the cheekbones. For a heavy contour I use the flat side and for a subtle contour I use the angled side of the contour. I really enjoy using the Smashbox Angled Blush Brush when I contour.
- If you want a full contour look you could also apply the soft contour side to the left and right hand side of the forehead and blend. For the nose apply to the left and right hand side of the bridge and blend and for a sharper jaw line apply the contour to the underside of the jaw line and blend. Obviously the more you apply, the more you blend, the stronger the contour effect.
Here’s an example of a fab contoured look on the gorgeous Linda:
If you already have a foundation and are only requiring contour products I also keep both of these products in my make up draw. Before the Smashbox Studio Skin Shaping Foundation Stick came out I loved the Smashbox Contour and Highlight Sticks. They are a cream stick and are so easy to apply. If you are looking for a powder finish then I would highly recommend the Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit.
Smashbox Contour and Highlight Sticks
Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit
Contouring may not be for everyone but when Shmashbox produce products that allow you to sculpt your face so easily its hard not to even consider them. No matter your face shape this product really makes contouring an achievable step in your daily beauty regime. Go on, give it a try!