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KCL 2018 Beauty Awards

Welcome to the latest beauty edit and the very first beauty awards here on the blog! I’ve tried so many wonderful beauty products this year and wanted to let you guys know which were my top must-have products of the year. I’ve picked from new and small businesses only, as I love to work with indie brands. And like most of the beauty brands I review; most of these are organic, natural, and cruelty-free.

These are the items that long after the required testing and promotion period, I find myself still using and preferring above any others. The're the products which despite a never ending stream of free PR samples, I would still spend my own money (and in some cases have) in order to get more of. And whether affordable or more costly, these are the beauty products that I truly think are worth the price. So if you’re thinking about adding more beauty or selfcare products into your 2019 routine, I highly recommend each of these brands.

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Easy Everyday Contouring and Highlighting


Contouring and highlighting has been a huge makeup trend in recent years, and with good reason - you can use concealer to achieve more defined cheek bones, to make your lips look bigger, and my personal favorite - to hide a double chin. And despite all of the intricate tutorials out there, I want to show you that it can actually be quick an easy!

The first trick is to start with the right concealer shades. First, let’s get one thing straight: when I say highlighter, I do not mean the super light and shimmery highlighter that should only be reserved for above the cheekbones. I’ve seen all too many makeup vloggers apply that all over, from the forehead to the tip of the nose, to the cupid’s bow and the chin. Those however, are rather places for a creamy skin-tone concealer.


How to Pick the Right Shade of Concealer

For the highlights, you want a concealer that is one to two shades lighter than your foundation. If you just go one shade lighter, as I have, pick one with a yellow tone, so you can also use it to effectively cover any red spots, blemishes, and dark under-eye circles. Pictured: BeaBlue Camouflage Cream in "Golden Sand"


For the contour color, pick one that is a few shades darker than your foundation. I went with BaeBlue Beauty’s Camouflage Cream in Teakwood.

How to Highlight with Concealer

It’s simple. You really want to hit the areas that naturally catch the light, like the middle of your forehead just above the eyebrows, above your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, the cupid’s bow above your lips, and the center of your chin.


How to Contour with Concealer

Opposite to highlighting, but just as easy, contouring also has a simple trick - apply it to the places that naturally cast a shadow. For example, you can create defined cheekbones by applying the darker concealer in the hollows of your cheeks. Apply thin lines up and down the sides of your nose to make it appear smaller. Use some along the hairline at the top of the face to minimize a larger forehead. And my go-to is to use the darker contour shade along the jawline and down towards my neck to hide a double chin.

Contouring and highlighting can truly be quick and easy enough to do everyday if you pick one area or two that you want to focus on the most. You can refer to this BaeBlu makeup chart as a reminder, and check out my simple tutorial on the BaeBlu home page!


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  1. Hello,
    I confess I do not do (yet) contour on the face, but I enjoyed using few make-up products and doing a super simple make-up.
    I liked the post and get to know your make-up and daily contour :)

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    1. HI Helena! :) It's definitely worth it and can be done very quickly for everyday wear!

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  2. Such a great how-to, babe- I think everyone can do with a bit of brushing up on how to highlight + contour; it can be tricky!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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