The Australis AC On Tour Contouring and Highlighting Cream Kit is one of those big hype products. People waited and waited for it to hit the shelves and once it did everyone rushed to get their hands on one. Contouring seems to be a trend which isn’t going away anytime soon so I was really pleased to see Australis, a cruelty free and affordable brand, bring out both the powder and cream kits in two different shade ranges. Although the powder kit doesn’t work well with my skin the cream version has become a staple in my collection. Here are my tips on using the Australis Cream Kit, also keep reading for a chance to win your own!
♥ Product placement
Where you put and blend in your highlight and contour shades is really important so that the light and the shadows work to enhance your natural face shape. As a general rule, highlighting shades go along the cheekbones, down the centre of the nose and can also be used on the middle of your forehead, chin and just a touch above the cupids bow of your lips (depending on your face shape and effect you want.) I also always highlight my under eye area but use different products to do this which are more suited to that area of thin sensitive skin.
For contouring, the darker shades can be used along the sides of your forehead, beneath your cheekbone and also just under your chin and maybe even along the underneath of your jawline. Again it’s depending on your natural face shape and what you are trying to enhance or conceal, I quite like this guide by Cosmopolitian.com about how to contour for different face shapes. You can also use contouring to change the look of your nose and I find the creams really easy to use to do this.
♥ Cream, cream, then powder to set
I often find that creamy or liquid products don’t work well being put on top of a powder, and if your powder and cream contour decide not to be friends it can be a total makeup disaster and often result in your makeup separating on your face and leaving a patchy finish. So I recommend doing your cream contouring and highlighting once you complete your foundation and concealer base so that you have liquid based products together. You’ll also find that this will make the cream much easier to blend. After that you can set your face with whatever you prefer, whether you want to set your highlight with a banana powder or spritz with a finishing spray once your whole face is done.
♥ Apply and blend with the right kind of brush
The right brush can make all the difference and sometimes it does take a bit of trial and error to see what works best. I mainly use one of two brushes, either my E.L.F Contour brush or my Real Techniques stipple brush. Both are quite dense brushes which I find works well. You can also try out more of a tapered brush for the forehead and cheek area. If I am contouring my nose I always use the E.L.F brush because it gives such a defined line. I use a much lighter, fluffier brush for any highlighting powders going under my eyes.
♥ Check twice
I think it’s a really good idea whether you are contouring or not to double check your makeup in a different light before you leave the house. I often find sometimes my bedroom light tricks me into thinking everything is super subtle when it’s not quite the case in natural light. Check twice!
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Competition ends on the 12th of May 2016. Item up for grabs is one Australis AC On Tour Contour & Highlight Kit in ‘Light’. Competition only open to those living in NZ. Giveaway not associated with Australis Cosmetics.