Since the rise of social media MUA’s, and the Kardashians with their flawless, fully made-up looks, everyone seems to be pulling out all the stops when it comes to contouring. From the full-face contour, to the new baked iteration and even strobing; it seems you can’t leave the house without first perfectly sculpting and highlighting your bone structure.
Me? Well, I’ve attempted to layer product after product in the hope it would transform me into a #nofilter worthy Insta-model, but the reality is a rather caked and heavy looking base. The truth is, it’s really rather tricky to master this level of makeup whilst looking weightless in real life. In photos, yes, it can look amazing, maybe if you’re headed out-out, but to pop down to Tesco? It’s just a touch too much. Plus, I don’t have the patience to dedicate hours blending highlights and shadows – sorry not sorry – I still have my eyebrows and eyeliner to perfect thanks very much!
So, with contour palette after contour palette discarded at home, when Illamasqua’s Gel Sculpt launched, you can understand my reluctance to take the plunge and buy in. After all – how many shading and illuminating products does one girl need? And then, I saw it in action. Contour game well and truly changed.
An unassuming chubby stick of solid gel encased in Illamasqua’s signature glossy black packaging; the twist up tube reminds me of my very first foundation stick way-back-when in high school. With a cool, silky texture, it slips across skin, leaving a rich espresso hue in its wake. The shade perfectly matched to mimic the natural tone-on-tone shadows of the face.
Just sweep a few strokes of the sheer pigment beneath cheekbones, under the jawline and around the hairline before swiftly blending out with a tightly-packed, yet soft face sculpting brush – I use the Zoeva Silk Finish Brush. The whole process takes just moments – a far more preferable alternative for me! And the effect is both instant and subtle – a softly enhanced contour for a slimmer profile, and the perfect complement to my favourite highlighter (Kevyn Aucoin’s Celestial Powder, just in case you were wondering).