Survey Says… August 13th, 2014

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  • How often do you contour/highlight?
  • Favorite contour product?
  • Favorite highlighting product?

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1. I have naturally warm tan skin (Hispanic). Around NC 35 in Mac.
2. I only contour/highlight on weekends or when I’m going to an event.
3. I use TheBalm’s Bahama Mama. Has been my favorite so far!
4. I switch off between TheBalm’s Mary-Lou or Nars Copacabana Illuminator. I’m on the hunt for a good matte highlighter.

Skintone: fair cool
Since I’ve bought Nars Contour Blush in Olympia, I’ve been contouring everyday.
It is – by far – my favorite contour/highlight product for my super pale skin.

Skin tone: light-medium olive
How often do you contour/highlight?: This is kind if a tough question because I don’t really do it that often, more like whenever I feel like it. I definitely do it for special occasions, but maybe only once a week or two if I’m spending a bit more time on makeup and/or just having fun with it.
Favorite contour product: I don’t really have one so I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s favorites!
Favorite highlighting product: Definitely thebalm Cindy-lou Manizer

Your skin tone/coloring: Fair/Neutral
How often do you contour/highlight? Lightly, almost every time I wear makeup. Moderately, with heavy makeup.
Favorite contour product? NARS Contour Blush in Olympia
Favorite highlighting product? Benefit High Beam for a subtle glow, Watt’s Up! for a stronger glow

Your skin tone/coloring: Light-medium with yellow undertones (NC-25)
How often do you contour/highlight? Pretty much anytime I wear makeup
Favorite contour product? NYX taupe or MAC sculpt
Favorite highlighting product? Benefit Lemon Aid + Benefit Mary-Lou Manizer (the benefit lemon aid is a yellow primer but I use that to brighten the area my under eyes, centre of forehead and under where I contour under the cheekbones. Then I use the Mary-Lou Manizer on the tops of my cheekbones)

Your skin tone/coloring: Warm Medium, NC30-NC35
How often do you contour/highlight? I rarely do, only for special occasions.
Favorite contour product? That’s Heart palette bronzer.
Favorite highlighting product? That’s Heart palette highlighter.

Your skin tone/coloring: Fair, cool
How often do you contour/highlight? not often – highlighting more often but contouring very rarely
Favorite contour product? actually I like MAC Omega or Wedge eyeshadow to contour but for an actual contour/bronzer product, probably Tarte Park Avenue Princess
Favorite highlighting product? TheBalm Mary LouManizer or MAC Petticoat

My skin tone or coloring is usually the palest shade offered. I haven’t figured out how to contour since I’m so light. I highlight usually once every 2 weeks. My favorite highlighting item is wazz up by Benefit & soft& gentle by MAC.

Porcelain.
I rarely contour, but I almost always highlight.
I like Sephora’s Sol de Rio bronzing powder. It is matte and is light enough for a pale gal. But it was a limited release.
For highlight I use a pale shimmer rose colored illuminating powder from Chanel, I can’t remember the exact product name, but it’s also discontinued 🙁

Skintone/Coloring: Fairly light, very neutral; dark-featured.

How often: Every time I wear makeup!

Contour product: Smashbox Step By Step Sculpting Kit, although I’m still on the hunt for something even better!

Highlight product: I’m seriously addicted to Maybelline Master Hi-light powders…

My next purchase will be the Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Glow #4, and Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate. Becca Moonstone (pressed) is also next on the “Haul” list; I have Opal, but I don’t love the color on me.

Your skin tone/coloring: very pale with cool undertones
How often do you contour/highlight?
I normally only do it on special occasions or when I’m in the mood to play around with make up.
Favorite contour product?
I’m still on the hunt for it, most contour kits I’ve tried have been to dark for me so whenever I’ve used them it’s looked quite odd.
Favorite highlighting product?
Urban Decay Virgin, not strictly a highlighter but whenever I contour I find this seems to be the best highlighter for me XD

Your skin tone/coloring: Light/Medium
How often do you contour/highlight? Most days. I usually skip contour because I run out of time in the mornings!
Favorite contour product? Ilamasqua’s Hollow Cream Pigment
Favorite highlighting product? Dior’s Amber Diamond

Your skin tone/coloring: Fair-Light/Neutral
How often do you contour/highlight? Daily in some capacity. I tend to keep it subtle. I’m not one for the full-on Kim Kardashian thing.
Favorite contour product? NYX Taupe or OCC John Doe.
Favorite highlighting product? As I’m thinking about this, I realize how many I own. Perhaps Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal.

Your skin tone/coloring: Fair, neutral/cool. MAC NW15, N1.
How often do you contour/highlight? Every time I wear makeup. I’m so fair that I lose a lot of definition with foundation on. I like to add light contouring to get some of that definition back.
Favorite contour product? MAC Sculpt. However, I’m still on the hunt for the perfect contour color.
Favorite highlighting product? Powder: Laura Geller Baked Vanilla or Dior Amber Diamonds. Cream: NARS Copacabana or Benefit Highbeam.

Skin tone- MAC NC20, MUFE 117
How often do you contour/highlight? I highlight every day, but contour only every once in awhile.
Favorite contour product? Benefits Hoolah bronzer.
Favorite highlighting product? MAC Soft and Gentle, Nars Copacabana multiple.

Your skin tone/coloring: light-medium with yellow undertones (Chanel b20/30)
How often do you contour/highlight? I would do it everyday! Alas, I don’t wake up early enough during the week… Haha, so I’ll sometimes just add a bit of highlight on top of my blush for everyday/work
Favorite contour product? I recently bought the Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit from Sephora! But I also really love theBalm’s Bahama Mama bronzer for contouring, and Chanel’s Soleil de Tan
Favorite highlighting product? MAC’s lightscapade – perfect soft highlighting for everyday. I also love Estée Lauder signature 5-tone Shimmer Powder for eyes/cheeks/face – amazing (heavy) highlight

Skintone:very fair, cool, red hair blue eyes
How often do you contour/highlight: I highlight almost everyday and only contour if I’m goning outta night.
Favorite contour: I use bronzer. Lately TF Chocolate Soliel
Favorite highlight: got a more dressed up look ELF Pinktastic or Nars coco cabana. For less shimmer ELF concealer/highlighter in fair glow. Today I used a cream eyeshadow(Flower Wilf Geranium).

Light-Medium; Neutral undertones
I contour every time I apply a full face of make up and highlight if I wear a matte blush
Benefit Hoola for contouring
MAC MSF for highlight– right now I love Lightscapade

Your skin tone/coloring: Light with yellow undertones
How often do you contour/highlight? I only contour when I have quite a bit of time to do my makeup (so when I do full makeup), I use highlighter nearly every time I wear foundation
Favorite contour product? theBalm Bahama Mama
Favorite highlighting product? I’m still finishing up Benefit’s Hollywood Glo and still love it. Since it’s discontinued though, I will say theBalm’s Mary Lou Manizer

Skin Tone: Fair, neutral, very freckly.
How Often: For highlighting, almost everyday, but I don’t contour. This is because, much like eyeliner, I do not know how.
Favorite Contour: I have TooFaced Milk Chocolate bronzer, but when I tried it, I just felt like my face looked dirty. It’s user error, for sure.
Favorite Highlighter: I LOVE highlighters and have a serious problem with the purchasing of them. My all-time favorites are: Lightscapade, Parure de Nuit, and Amber Diamond.

If you’re interested in contouring, try something withna hint of rose/pink. MUFE has a light pink-toned duo (#1), although I haven’t actually seen the new formulation in person (I have #2, and the formula is very nice). NYX Taupe has a rosier undertone, and is an inexpensive option, or if you have a NARS counter/Sephora near you, try Olympia. Anything too brown will just mingle with the freckling, causing it to look muddy.

MAC Brit Wit is pink, but can still work, as well!

Your skin tone/coloring: NC20ish
How often do you contour/highlight? Daily
Favorite contour product? Chanel Notorious or Chanel Cheeky cream blush, Nars multiple Altai
Favorite highlighting product? I mix two liquid highlighters together in equal parts: Rouge Bunny Rouge Sea of Tranquility with Becca Shimmering Skin perfector liquid in Moonstone

Skin tone/coloring: Porcelain with cool undertones

How often do you contour/highlight: I never contour, but do highlight, to some extent, on most days

Favorite contour product: n/a

Favorite highlight product: If I want something extremely subtle, YSL Touche Eclat #2 brings just a touch of lightness. For a true highlighter, Benefit Watt’s Up is my favorite.

Your skin tone/coloring: NC20ish
How often do you contour/highlight? I highlight and contour when I do a full on full face. I skip contour, but not highlight if I’m wearing only a little makeup.
Favorite contour product? MAC Sculpt
Favorite highlighting product? Love highlighters, so can’t pick just one. This summer it’s been all about Josie Maran Argan Illuminzer and Becca Opal for me.

Your skin tone/coloring: NC 45, Nars Macao, UD 9.0
How often do you contour/highlight?: I highlight virtually daily; I contour when I want to be fancy.
Favorite contour product? Ones that are dark enough are remarkably hard to come by for me. Mac had a collection of contour creams a few years back, so I use one of those in Naturally Honed. If I want a warmer contour, CoverGirl’s Queen Collection has a bronzer in Ebony that’s great.
Favorite highlighting product? The most flattering for me is TheBalm Betty Lou Manizer, but for a cream option I also like Nars 314BLKR.

Med. Dark with neutral undertone.
I highlight more frequently than I contour.
I don’t have a favorite contour product, but if I contour I use Sleek’s Contour kit most often. Others are entirely too red.

Favorute highlighter: hourglass ambient powder in radiant light is my absolute favorite. So soft and subtle. 2nd runner up is Mac’s Magnetic Appeal skinfinish.

Your skin tone/coloring: nc30
How often do you contour/highlight? I will contour when I’m going out in the evenings or a day time event. I don’t normally highlight as much but when I wanna do the most for evenings, I will. Oh but I guess I do highlight on a regular basis with hourglass’s radiant powder but consider it a setting powder ( not so much a highlighter) since I add radiant like a bronzer to warm up my skin (I will use diffused on my nose and to set my concealer, dim light for the rest of the face)
Favorite contour product? Kevyn aucoin med sculpting cream (creamy duo #4)
Favorite highlighting product? The three highlighters (not including ambient powders) I own seem interchangeable… Well at least candle light by KA (again in the creamy duos #4) and my hourglass bronzer/highlighter duo. The 3rd highligter is from benefit, watts up. I really don’t have a favorite but if I have to pick it would be the KA one. I’m interested in the balms Mary Lou highlighter and def gonna pick it up soon.

Your skin tone/coloring: Fair/cool
How often do you contour/highlight? Whenever I wear makeup
Favorite contour product? Anastasia Fawn from the Anastasia Contour Palette
Favorite highlighting product? Anastasia Sand from the Contour Palette/Nars Copacabana/Laura Mercier Radiance

Your skin tone/coloring: Light
How often do you contour/highlight? I highlight everytime I wear make up but I only contour on days when I want to look extra nice..
Favorite contour product? MAC Harmony and the lightest contour shade from the Anastasia Contour Kit
Favorite highlighting product? Hands down, theBalm Mary Lou-Manizer!

Your skin tone/colouring: cool-neutral vampire

How often do you contour/highlight? Er, almost never 😉 I’m still on a search for the perfect contour colour, and I kind of glow in the dark/blind people in direct sunlight anyway for highlighting! 😀

Favourite contour product? At the moment, it’s mythical. I’ll be interested to read if anyone has a favourite one for super fair, cool toned people!

Favourite highlighting product? I do actually like using Chanel Fantasme eyeshadow for an evening/party sparkle highlight! It’s just not a traditional highlighter per se…

Skintone: NARS Siberia (at least in Sheer Glow and Sheer Matte)

How often do you contour or highlight: I contour more often than I highight.

Favourite Contour Product: OCC’s Cream Colour Concentrate in John Doe. I’ve also used MAC’s blushes in Taupe and Strada for this. Sometimes I’ve contoured with Benefit Hoola.

Favourite Highlight Product: I don’t have one at the moment, but I definitely want to try one of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors. I had a sample of one (Opal), and it seems very nice. (The one I want to try is Pearl.) I’m also wanting to try some of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders; I think Ethereal Light and/or Incandescent Light (from the palette) would work brilliantly for me. *nods*

Your skin tone/coloring: Very fair/neutral — I wear BareMinerals “very light” or Bobbi Brown “Alabaster” foundation. Don’t know my MAC shade # (pathetic, I know…)

How often do you contour/highlight? Almost every day.

Favorite contour product? Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Favorite highlighting product? Benefit Dandelion or Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips All-in-One Custom Palette for Face & Eye

Findation.com put me as an NC15. MAC Foundation Finder put me as an NW15. I have to go in person and see how accurate these are. Good excuse to visit the mall? 🙂

1. I am light to light/medium with neutral undertones
2. I contour and highlight every time I do my makeup! 🙂
3. My go to contour product has been the Anastasia Contour Kit. I use fawn and java. I also really love NYX Taupe blush on occasions.
4. Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Highlight in 01. Its perfect!

Skin Tone/Coloring: Pale (NW20) with neutral/warm undertones.
How Often do You Contour/Highlight: Daily! I can do it really fast and it makes such a difference.
Favorite Contour Product: Hands down, Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow.
Favorite Highlight Product: Either The Balm Mary-LouMinizer or Mac Prep + Prime in Light Boost.

Your skin tone/coloring: Medium Tan; @ the moment too dark for NC40 but too light for NC42
How often do you contour/highlight?: Lightly contour most days but usually only highlight for special ocassions or the rare day I feel like it
Favorite contour product?: TheBalm’s Bahama Mama Bronzer
Favorite highlighting product?: Tarte…not sure of the name it came in a holiday set I bought a while ago but I also like Nars Copocabana except its a liquid so for me its easier to over do it

Your skin tone/coloring: light/neutral

How often do you contour/highlight? I never contour, but I do use Too Faced Sun Bunny bronzer on the high planes of the face and the decolletage a couple times a week instead of blush and highlight with Benefit Sunbeam when I do this. I highlight with blush unless I use Nars Orgasm since its shimmery.

Favorite contour product? none

Favorite highlighting product? My favorites are Benefit Watts Up and the highlighter in this years Sephora + Pantone Universe Rush Luster Pallete

Your skin tone/coloring: light, neutral

How often do you contour/highlight? Almost never, although I’m trying to learn. I just realized this morning, though, that the way my mom taught me to apply blush is a little like contouring: apply blush to my cheeks and then swipe a little up on my temples.

Favorite contour product? Too new at it to have a favorite yet.

Favorite highlighting product? I’ve been using RMS Luminizer, but I recently ordered Kevyn Aucoin’s Candlelight powder which I’m looking forward to!

I have a fair, pink complexion. (MUF #36 Pink is a PERFECT match.)
I’ve been using contour and highlighter every time I do my makeup. I’m new to contouring and I’m still perfecting my skill.
I’ve finally found the perfect contour color for me! It’s Fawn from the Anastasia Contour Kit. (I’ve already purchased another “create your own” kit with two more Fawn pans!)
I choose my highlighter based on the colors I’m using for eyeshadow or blush. For browns & neutrals – Anastasia Sand; for mauves, peaches, & rose golds – Bobbi Brown Lilac Rose Shimmer Brick; for purples & pinks – Anna Sui 100 Rose Cheek Color.

I have a,pale olive skin Mediterranean color.I.tried contouring before it looks good in.pictures but on.my skin it looks too orange or brown.I.got a cream contour by Mac..a contour /bronzer in the Jasmine poo palette…never use it and a highlighter by Mac which is powder.the highlighter only looks good on.my.nose,chest to bring them.out.just makes my cheeks look greasy.I’ve been wanting to try nars Olympia,but the price is a lot for something I don’t really do.

■Your skin tone/coloring: Fair (MAC Matchmaster 1.0, NC15, Clinique Alabaster)
■How often do you contour/highlight? Contour maybe 4x a week, highlight every time
■Favorite contour product? Liquid: Perricone No Bronzer Bronzer; Powder: Benefit Hoolah
■Favorite highlighting product? For natural looks, MAC Soft and Gentle MSF; for night-time looks: Mary-Lumiziner by The Balm; Liquid: MAC Prep + Prime Lightboost

Your skin tone/coloring: NW10/15
How often do you contour/highlight? When I feel ambitious. 😛 Generally, it’s a matter of how much time I have on hand or if I’m going to an event with a lot of photography.
Favorite contour product? NYX Taupe for summer, MAC Quarry eyeshadow for winter.
Favorite highlighting product? NARS Copacabana for a shimmery finish, Maybelline white concealer for a more subtle look.

It’s interesting – I thought I’d be in a very tiny minority of people who rarely contour but it actually looks like I’ve got plenty of company!

Your skin tone/coloring: medium warm
How often do you contour/highlight? lately, I’ve been so lazy with my makeup routine so I only do it when I’m going out for a special occasion.
Favorite contour product? Chanel Les Beiges powder in shade no50 which is good for a subtler contour. I also like the Nars Multiple in Cap Vert for a cream product but I’m not sure if this is discontinued.
Favorite highlighting product? Hourglass Luminous Light or any of the Bobbi Brown shimmer bricks for a heavier glow.

The only product I really want to buy next is the Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow – hope it’s as good as it looks!

Your skin tone/coloring: NW 47/ Deep Dark
How often do you contour/highlight? Always (I only wear make up 1-2 per week)
Favorite contour product? Shea Moisture Illuminating Powder Mandalay Dusk
Favorite highlighting product? I highlight under my eyes, forehead, bridge of nose, cupid’s bow and chin with LA girl pro concealers in Fawn or Toffee. I highlight the highest point of my cheek bones, bridge of nose, and cupid’s bow with NARS Albatross, The Balm highlighter (Cindy, Mary, Betty), or Sleek Blush in Rose Gold.

Your skin tone/coloring: light; warm / brunette
How often do you contour/highlight? Never
Favorite contour product? n/a
Favorite highlighting product? n/a

Your skin tone/coloring: NC15
How often do you contour/highlight? When I feel like I need a more put together look 🙂
Favorite contour product? Nars Laguna Bronzer, NYX Taupe Blush, TF Chocolate Soleil
Favorite highlighting product? Without a doubt, “The celestial powder” by KA.

Your skin tone/coloring: NC 15-20
How often do you contour/highlight? Not often.
Favorite contour product? A light, matte bronzer,no 01, from Body Shop. I am on the look out for a “real” contouring product. Hard to find, for me.
Favorite highlighting product? MAC Strobe and Illamasqua Gleam. I’m also looking for a powder one.

Your skin tone/coloring: Light medium with yellow undertones
How often do you contour/highlight? Contour – everyday. Highlight – very rarely.
Favorite contour product? NARS Casino (absolute favorite), NYX Matte Bronzer and MAC Sculpt
Favorite highlighting product? MAC Whisper of Gilt or Dior Rose Diamond. I don´t own any matte highlighters.

Your skin tone/coloring: NW30, Medium
How often do you contour/highlight? Everyday, because I look weird without it!
Favorite contour product? The Shape stick from Mally Shimmer Shape & Go! 3-Pc Face Defining System in Dark for cream, and Fyrinnae Matte Powder Bronzer in Medium
Favorite highlighting product? MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Whisper of Gilt

Your skin tone/coloring: NC20…ish.
How often do you contour/highlight? Very rarely (~once every 6+ weeks)
Favorite contour product? They only contour product I own, Benefit Hoola. I’ve returned every other one.
Favorite highlighting product? MAC Soft and Gentle for a more out there highlight, Hourglass Dim Light for a more subtle highlight.

Your skin tone/coloring: NC15/ NARS Gobi
How often do you contour/highlight? I highlight almost every day for a healthy, glowy complexion, but only contour sometimes. Contouring can age the face.
Favorite contour product? NYX Taupe, NARS Zen, Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder, L’Oreal True Match Concealer Crayon (I buy a darker shade, draw it on, then blend it out. Works just as well as EM’s Chiaroscuro or the Tarte’s Sculptor and is customized for my skin tone and more affordable).
Favorite highlighting product? L’Oreal Lumi Magic Primer, Hanskin Glossy Magic BB Cream, TheBalm Mary Loumanizer, Dior Diorskin Nude Shimmer Powder

my skintone: deep- like Kerry Washington or Zoe Saldana
my favorite highlight: Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight followed by Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheers # 10 and # 3
my favorite contour: Cover Girl Queen in Ebony Bronze and Guarlain Terracotta # 8. honorable mention goes to Becca powder foundation in Cacao

I rarely contour my cheeks because I already have a longer oval face so I don’t want it to look thinner, but I contour to my forehead and a little on the bulb of my nose. I do, however, add highlight almost all the time. The Kevyn Aucoin highlighter, although a powder is so finely milled and glowy. It is light, but works on my darker skin tone. It is a staple along with the fluid sheers.

Your skin tone/coloring: Fair (NC15)
How often do you contour/highlight? 1-2 times a week, maybe? Depends on how much time I have or where I’m going.
Favorite contour product? TBD. Right now I’m playing with the Anastasia Contour Kit.
Favorite highlighting product? Laura Mercier’s Baked Matte Highlight 01 – even though it’s totally not matte. 🙂

NC 37 – medium olive, tan easily but I also burn
Rarely (highlight only but I am learning to contour)
Don’t have a favourite yet but I am playing with Guerlain Terracotta makeup palette which has a bronzer
Guerlain Mythic Meteorites Voyage (Christine, you made me buy this! By far my most expensive makeup splurge and I love it)

Your skintone/coloring: Light caramel

How often do you contour/highlight?: Everytime I do makeup – however it is always with cream products and I go For an extremely subtle and Natural effect

Favorite contour
And
Favorite highlighting product: The two shades in the creamy duo from Kevin Aucoin in highlight/contour

Your skin tone/coloring: Light-Medium olive/yellow undertone.
How often do you contour/highlight? Every single day!
Favorite contour product? Right now, NYX Taupe blush.
Favorite highlighting product? TheBlam Mary Lou-manizer.

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