Let’s be honest….how many of us have bought product after product trying to highlight and contour like the pros, only to fail miserably? I’ll raise my hand and be counted. Thankfully, Clinique has just introduced the ‘Hello Cheekbones’ Contouring Collection, which makes highlighting, contouring and sculpting as easy as 1-2-3!
One of the things I’ve always loved about Clinique is that they take “complicated” out of the beauty/skincare equation. And they’ve done it again with de-mystifying highlighting and contouring. Your tools? The Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight and Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour. There are also new Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palettes–three shades of tonal powder color in a palette.
I’ve had the chance to preview the collection and am pleased to tell you that it’s so. easy. to use. My favorite product is the Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight ($21), which contains pearlized, light-reflecting pigments to add a luminous glow. A highlighter brings forward the light, so swiping this Chubby Stick on the top of cheekbones, forehead, down the bridge of the nose makes those features more prominent.
To make features recede, or to sculpt/add definition, use the Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour ($21). This Chubby Stick is shaded; you just apply to the hollows of your cheeks, along the jawline, or anywhere you want to make a feature less prominent (kind of like wearing black jeans). My only wish for the Sculpting Contour stick would be for more shades; although the sticks are very blendable, this shade was a tad dark for me for winter; in the summer, I think it would be fine.
You can use the Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight or Contour on bare skin or over foundation, which is my preferred way. Each stick is also oil-free. For fans of Chubby Sticks–especially the Chubby Stick Cheek Color Balm (review), you’ll want the Highlight and Contour Sticks, too.
The Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palettes are just flat-out gorgeous. The palettes are made up of three tones that can be used as color, contour or highlighter. Or you can swirl all three shades together. There are four Defining palettes in Berries, Nectars, Nudes and Roses. There are two online exclusives, also: Defining Sugars and Defining Pinks.While each palette is versatile, the Defining Nude Palette could also probably be used to bronze, if you are fair skinned.