So it’s Paris Fashion Week, you guys! Are we so excited for Balmain? Olivier is predicted to put on a super risqué runway and I am so PSYCHED. I’ll try to write about it when it’s over, but even the thought is making me want to rip off my clothes and I don’t write whilst naked so… I can promise you there will be embellished arm pieces. I can promise you there will be leather (and lots of it). But there is certainly one more thing I can promise you will be all over the runway this week, (and has been on the runways for NYFW and in Milan) and that is the makeup trend of contouring. Lately I’ve been asked by many for the products that I use to contour, which makes me so happy because some people honestly need it and I just don’t really get how it’s taken this long for you to figure that out? Anyway. Cheek bones are such an asset for a face of power and I’m assuming you have one. So the best way to bring them out is by contouring your face in the hopes of saying, “check me out–just kidding that’s so totally narcissistic–but really, my cheek bones are flawless and I know it,” to all those who pass you by on your way to school, work, the strip club, wherever you do you. These products aren’t the only products out there, but I don’t care if someone else told you to buy Bobbi Brown or Clinique. Why? Because they won’t be right for you and I understand you as a person and know what you need–so here’s what you do: I thought about this for a while, and I was going to write a bullet on finding the right foundation and powder for your skin type. But everyone’s complexion is so entirely different, so I’m not even going to waste my breath. I use Makeup Forever’s HD line (WHICH I LOVE) because my skin is on the dry side, but you probably know what works best for you so go with that. Just don’t use powder foundation for the love of all that is Sephora. Please. Hoola Bronzer by Benefit. Period. Done. Death. The end. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I am obsessed with Hoola so much so that I would even try to do the Hoola right this second if I could. (I can’t, high-heel related ankle injury, please stop asking me about it.) It works with any ANY skin type and I kid you not, you will never want another bronzer ever again as long as we both shall live. Pro Longwear Concealer by MAC. Most of my close friends and family use this as their staple concealer because it is *Beyoncé voice* flawless. So really, you could use it anywhere you wish to conceal. However, for contouring purposes, you’re going to want to get this one to two shades lighter than your natural skin tone to really bring out the parts of your face that light naturally hits. It’s science really, roll with me here. Dipbrow Pomade and Brow Wiz by Anastasia. Damn. I am so obsessed with eyebrows as you remember from two years ago when I wrote about Lily Collins. So basically I liked eyebrows before liking eyebrows was “cool” and everyone called me a lesbian. Yeah remember that? Screw you guys. Luckily for you, I’m over it because “forgiveness is power,” so my grandfather says. Breathe. Exhale. Done.
Now your eyebrows really add dimension to your whole face and the absence of them makes you look stupid and me feel nauseous. So if you don’t have brows that are naturally mega-huge, or probably even if you do, you’re going to want to arch and define them. I started out with the Brow Wiz (Soft Brown), but with a LOT of peer pressure from one of my main girls, invested in the Dipbrow Pomade–same shade–by Anastasia and I’ll never go back. Warm Radiance Highlighter by Bare Minerals. I use a lot of Bare Minerals because my Aunt Shari (shout out to Auntie Shari!) gave me so many products that I just used to get rid of, and eventually fell in LOVE with this highlighter. It’s warm, which I need because I have rosacea (yeah I do, Mom! Yeah I do) and I need warm toned highlighters. But its beautiful, rosacea or not. So those are the main products that I use and encourage you to use as well, but wait. Do I hear something? Are you whispering into your computer screen at work or your iPhone right now: “Psssssst. But Kiley? I don’t know how to contour! Please help me?! Please?”
Well, buy a f-cking face chart ok? I’m not your mom. Or your stylist for that matter (but I could be for the flat rate of 1 McChicken/hour.) It’s not quite as easy as pie but it’s certainly easier than choosing between Nordstrom and Von Maur, so figure it out. I can tell I’ve been harsh with you today, and that’s because my mom bought the wrong flavor pack of Crystal Light Energy and I’m seriously withdrawing. So I love you, I really do. But I’ll love you even more if you contour those harsh lines out of the hollows of your cheeks, you know?