I have three criteria when it comes to makeup. It needs to be pale enough. It needs to be super easy to apply. It must last all day. Pretty much against all odds I’ve found the perfect everyday highlighting and contouring options; pale enough, fantastically simple, long-lasting, and pretty much budget friendly too!
I started coveting Bodyshop’s Honey Bronzer month’s ago, and picked it up just before summer. Despite virtually daily use I’ve hardly made a dent. It’s ridiculously pale for a bronzer, and completely matte. Perfect for contouring, but I can also apply this lightly all over for the (rare) occasion when I want to look a little more tanned.
Applied with Bodyshop’s blusher brush, blended well, this gives the most model-worthy but subtle cheekbones ever. As someone who resembled a chipmunk before their nose operation, I can safely say this slims your face down well!
That being said, I always felt like my face was lacking a little something. Enter the temptation of a No7 voucher. I’ve not bought anything from N07 in years – I used to love their eyeshadows and mascaras – so I was a little spoilt for choice. I decided to go for something entirely different and picked up this little highlighter stick. And…
I’m so glad I did! Not only is it completely foolproof – swipe on, blend with fingers (yep, not the most hygienic, but I always apply makeup to freshly washed skin…), the colour is stunning. A neutral pearlescent shimmer, which doesn’t look golden on my ghostly skin. It adds just enough light to the high points of my face, without looking like I threw a pot of glitter over myself. In fact, the only issue is when I forget to blend the swipe on my nose…
Both of these products last pretty much all day, no matter what other makeup I’m wearing. For work I wear Rimmel’s newest base of Lasting Finish Nude, then the highlighter with a little Bodyshop Mineral Powder over the top. The bronzer finishes everything off. Weekends are for more natural looks, so I just tend to use an illuminating moisturiser, hide the under-eye circles, then use these two products. Either way, my makeup is done in around 7 minutes. The time it takes for a cup of tea to cool to sipping temperature.
Do you use face sculpting products? I have the Hourglass Ambient Light Palette as a 21st present in a month, so I’m looking forward to comparing these products!