It’s inevitable that when I’m not wearing make up someone will pass comment on how ‘pale’ or ‘sleepy’ I’m looking. Unfortunately I’m not the kind of girl that has naturally sun kissed, glowing skin- but more the look of ‘Hey! Have you been up watching Netflix all night’ (to which indeed, the answer is probably yes). Either way, that’s why products like these were invented- the give pasty Purvis over here a little life! So after trying and testing endless bronzers and non-intimidating contour kits (that prove that even a heavy handed pale gal like me can do it)- I thought I’d pop them all in one place to share!
So, first things first- the bronzers! As well as my ongoing love for Guerlain’s Terracotta (which I wax lyrical about)- I’ve also recently started turning to one of YSL’s new beautiful bronzing stones, which is a slightly lighter version (and perfect for if you’re doing a darker lip too). The Tom Ford Terra bronzer has been in my collection for well over a year now, and is my total staple when it comes to adding a perfect matte colour to an otherwise flat base…
Saying that, if you are after something loose, I also love the Inika Mineral Bronzer which you can mix in with moisturiser for a slight tint too (plus it’s vegan and 100% natural which is great)! Finally if all of the above sound a bit intimidating, the NudeStix bronzing stick is totally failsafe and means you can pretty much draw on your contour before blending out (meaning there’s very little room for error, huzzah!
Finally, let’s talk palettes! There’s three varied sets that I can’t get enough of when it comes to the ol’ bronze and contour. The first is this Smashbox number. This was the first palette I ever picked up to contour with (when the very word was just a twinkle in Kim Kardashian’s eye)- and since then it’s been my go-to for all things shading. It’s incredibly pigmented (much like my other much-loved C. Tilbs option)- but is super easily blended and gives incredible definition for anyone new, or more familiar to contouring. In terms of eye make up- when I’m feeling something a little more defined and smokey to match, I’ve been loving Ms. Burr’s new eye palette in Birthday Suit which is the perfect mix of more pigmented mattes and sparkly shades too.