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Essence Beauty & Style Expo Uncovers the Secrets Of Black Beauty With Olay

July 7th, 2016 by Christen

Disclosure:  I am a spokesperson for OLAY participating in the ESSENCE Festival Style & Beauty chat, while the talent appearance has been compensated all views expressed below are my own.

 

During Essence Festival in New Orleans, My Black is Beautiful celebrated 10 years of inspiring women of all ages to cultivate and celebrate our Black Girl Magic from the inside out.  Utilizing beauty consultations, intimate conversations breaking beauty myths, I teamed up with Essence beauty editor Nykia Spradley and Dr. Thompson from OLAY to share tips, tricks and the science behind achieving naturally glowing skin for the summer.

 

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For more than 60 years OLAY has delivered phenomenal products to celebrate and enhance generational beauty passed down from our grandmothers, mothers and now for us.  Cultivating quality ingredients and formulas that enhance our skin and empower the idea that ‘Black Don’t Crack”.  In addition to vitamins like B3, retinol and SPF, there’s a complex blueprint behind the science of creating beautiful skin and OLAY has cracked the code.

 

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Everyone wants beautiful, healthy, radiant skin and it all starts from the inside out. Clean eating with emphasis on fresh fruits, vegetables and plenty of water is the key to unlocking younger looking skin. If you’re not a huge fan of drinking water, grab a water bottle infuser and add fresh strawberries, cucumbers or lemons for a refreshing splash of taste.

 

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If you’re ready to upgrade your skin from the inside out, try pairing OLAY Regenerist Luminous Collection because its properties and ingredients really do enhance my skin by fading dark spots and giving me a beautiful, healthy looking glow. The Luminous Collection uses a Skin Brightening Complex which penetrates 10 layers deep into the skin’s surface to fade the appearance of dark spots. That’s some deep tissue moisturizing right there!

 

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Olay’s #1 selling face cream – Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream – is enhanced with vitamins and skin firming properties to keep you looking ageless with the added bonus of SPF 30.  Since Olay is committed to helping women make smart beauty decisions, it includes SPF in its facial moisturizers and body lotions for convenience.

 

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I know we’re busy women with careers and children, but you must also wash your face daily (especially before bed), and moisturize. Don’t go to sleep with make up on! If you’re really on the run, Olay has made it easy to remove make up and wash your face with convenient micro-exfoliating wet cleansing cloths.

 

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We all know the mantra  “Black Don’t Crack” but now we can make sure we have flawless and ageless looking skin with a few changes in our diet and adding OLAY to your daily beauty routine for an easy skin fix.  How do you keep your skin glowing all summer long?  Share your thoughts below!

Discover (And Download!) The One Beauty App That’ll Keep You Together No Matter The Weather!

April 28th, 2016 by Christen

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If you’re like me, chances are you used to depend on your local news forecast, The Weather Channel or your native smartphone weather app to guide your daily beauty routine. Bad weather days would call frizz-resistant styles while sunny days call for a stylish free-for-all.  There’s now a new app that helps women take control of their daily beauty routines by providing them the information and tools to remain picture perfect in any climate.

 

 

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Cast, the first mobile app that provides beauty product recommendations based on the weather, is now live for download in the Apple and Google Play App Stores.  The revolutionary new app is free to download and provides informative product suggestions based on users’ hair and skin type & the current weather forecast.

 

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How it works: Users enter details about their skin and hair to receive a personalized list of products based on their profile and the weather. Recommended products are available for purchase through the app’s shopping platform.   Users can log into the app with their Amazon account and selected items are added to their shopping carts or saved in favorites.

When a user is ready to make a purchase, the app directs them to Amazon to complete the sale.  Cast also keeps users up-to-date with changing weather conditions that can affect their hair and skin by sending beauty tips and reminders via push notifications.

 

 

Cast gives women power over the elements by providing personalized advice on what to use on their hair and skin in various weather conditions. It is the perfect blend of science, technology and everyday life. Download the Cast app in iTunes and Google Play today.

 

What are your favorite beauty apps to use on a daily basis? Sound off and tweet us at @DivasandDorks!

Dyson’s New Supersonic Dryer Goes Seriously High Tech For Your Hair

April 27th, 2016 by Christen

 

We all know Dyson from a variety of home electronics – from vacuums to home air filters, everyone knows that Dyson is a leader in clean home technology.  But what about clean hair technology?

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The new Dyson Supersonic is powered by a tiny digital motor with triple the drying speed of an average blow dryer.  The unique diffuser design then disperses air around the hair to dry it in a more natural way.

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The Dyson Supersonic takes the heat out of damage control worries with a heat control system that prevents hair from exposure to damaging temps.  Outfitted with four heat settings and three airflow settings, the Supersonic takes a scientific approach to high tech hairstyling that could leave your hair happier and healthier than ever before.

 

The beauty gadget is even equipped with a silencer feature that keeps it as quiet as possible.  To reduce the noise of the Supersonic, Dyson’s engineers included acoustic silencers in the handle of the dryer – eliminating the typical, brash blower sound.

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As tech-savvy as the Dyson Supersonic sounds, all this high tech hair power won’t come cheap.  The dryer pricing starts at $400 and will become available later in June.

 

Would you consider spending big bucks on a beauty gadget that could potentially save your hair?  How much is too much to spend on beauty?  Sound off and tweet us at @DivasandDorks!

 

 

 

Colgate Optic White Celebrates ESSENCE Best In Black Beauty Awards

April 25th, 2016 by Christen
Last week at the Americana-Hotel in NYC, Colgate Optic White High Impact White held a fabulous pre reception for one of the most anticipated beauty events of the year, the Essence Best in Black Beauty Awards. 

 

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How adorable are these custom Optic White and Essence treats by I.M. Pastry Studio?

 
 

R&B stars Jazmine Sullivan and Elle Varner were in attendance as well as Essence Beauty and Style Editor, Pamela Edwards Christiani and Colgate Designer Smile Squad member and Editor-in-Chief of Fashion Bomb Daily.com, Claire Sulmers.

 
 

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Claire Sulmers and Pamela Edwards Christiani hosted a very information Colgate beauty conversation where they spoke about the newest must-have beauty product, Colgate’s new Optic White High Impact White toothpaste – a product that enhances your most valuable feature, your smile – delivering  4 shades, visibly whiter teeth in 6 weeks (*When brushing twice daily), starting in just 3 days.

 
 

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The conversation soon turned into a discussion on the passing of the Iconic entertainer, Prince. Jazmine Sullivan and Elle Varner spoke on his influence on their careers and how his music has impacted their lives.

 
 

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After the reception, beauty editors, bloggers and guests were treated to a carnival of beauty and fun across town at the ESSENCE Best In Black Beauty Awards and shopping event.  For more information on Colgate Optic White or Essence Best In Black Beauty Awards visit Essence.com.

 
 

PHOTO CREDIT – Terrence Jennings / terrencejennings.com

Discover How STEM Is Changing The Beauty Code With COVERGIRL BeautyU!

April 7th, 2016 by Christen

In a super cool collaboration with Girls Who Code, COVERGIRL has changed the way we discover new beauty trends with the new COVERGIRL BeautyU app!

 

Shopping for the latest in beauty can sometimes be a painful trial and error process.  Oftentimes, you can’t try them before you buy — and looks are deceiving.  While there are a lot of apps utilizing virtual reality to help you try on makeup looks, they don’t come close to the real thing.

 

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COVERGIRL has launched BeautyU – a high-tech makeup app that personally gets to know a woman’s beauty needs and makes her shopping experience more personalized than ever before. It takes drugstore shopping to a new, personalized level, recommending products based on her unique facial features and desired looks for her to virtually try before she buys.

 

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Sure, you’ve seen other similar beauty apps before and probably have downloaded a few (or two) to your smartphone.  However, BeautyU is really unlike any other app for beauty brands. It’s designed with updated face scan technology, that gives users a more realistic feel. It identifies and reads individual facial features at a high-speed rate to more accurately define and match skin tone and characteristics. This technology is paired with a series of diagnostic questions so the app can deliver product recommendations and looks customized specifically for that shopper in the aisle. Beyond that, the app’s magic mirror technology creates an augmented reality for you to virtually try on products and looks.

 

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The face-tracking capability closely follows your movements to give you the most realistic results. The app was also designed in partnership with students from Girls Who Code – making it a tool for women, by women!  Not only does the app deliver a personalized beauty experience, it takes the shopping experience to the next level with a scanning & shopping feature you’ll love.  Find more product insight right in the beauty aisle product by scanning the product with the app and if you need a little more time to make a decision create a wish list that’s saved and shoppable right from the app for later!

 

Just in time to update to new Spring beauty trends, COVERGIRL BeautyU app is available for FREE today in the iTunes store.

Have you tried out the new COVERGIRL BeautyU app yet? Sound off in the comments!

Get A Sneak Peek Of 2016 Beauty Reveals From The P&G Digital Studio #DigitalStudio

January 22nd, 2016 by Christen

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What happens when a collective of beauty influencers and editors descend upon the P&G Digital studio for a sneak peek at the new 2016 collection of  products?  An amazing experience to soothe the senses and get a girl excited about beauty innovations all over again.  In addition to scoring some much needed new products, I got the chance to learn about the planning and purpose that goes into creating new shades, shimmers, scents and more from COVERGIRL, Clairol, Olay, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essence, Pantene and Secret.

 

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Introducing COVERGIRL truNAKED Shadow Palettes and complementary Waterproof Eyeliner Duos.  I love gold and Spring 2016 welcomes the return of the glitterati with nudes, golds and shimmer dominating the Spring/Autumn Fashion Shows. COVERGIRL’s own Pat McGrath delivers the most talked about statement shade of the season – gold. COVERGIRL took its time to perfect the shadow palette game, and we are talking seriously rich payout and a wonderful silky feel.

 

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The Secret is out! I don’t sweat, I glisten and I glisten well! LOL.  It’s true! No matter the stressful situation, from shopping battles at sample sales to making a great impression during an important presentation.  Women like me need powerful protection that keeps them looking and feeling fresh all day long.  Lucky for us, Secret Outlast Xtend ups the ante on protection with invisible and solid applicators delivering up to 48 hours of continuous protection.

When you and your blogger bae, Ty from GorgeousinGrey have great taste, there’s no need to fight for the perfect accessory inside the Secret sample sale.

 

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Who doesn’t love citrus inspired drinks and luxe body wash that appeals to your sense of smell and taste?  The New Olay Fresh Outlast collection awakens the senses with energizing scents of lime, white tea, strawberry, champagne mango and more.
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The New Olay Fresh Outlast Energizing Lime & White Tea body wash is formulated with an essential oil fragrance for a long-lasting scent and vibrant fresh skin all day.  The body wash is also designed to work with skin’s natural pH and won’t dry your skin, leaving it more hydrated than regular soap. Find the entire new Olay Fresh Outlast body washes available for $5.49 in stores and online.

 

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Do you or Don’t you? Color your hair that is!  Clairol is giving every woman the chance to discover her natural red with the new Clairol Born Red Collection, featuring a spectrum of red shades that are designed to work with your unique hair for color that embodies all of the warmth and vibrancy of natural red hair.

Nice ‘n Easy Born Red is available now wherever health and beauty aids are sold. For more information, women can visit Clairol or call the color experts at 1-800-CLAIROL

 

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Head & Shoulders believes that you should never have to compromise when choosing a shampoo. That’s why Head & Shoulders developed the new Nourishing Shampoo with a formula that combines the forces of science and nature, giving you the beautifully nourished hair you want and the scalp care you need.

 

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Packed with the calming scent of Lavender essence, the Nourishing Shampoo not only provides dandruff relief, but improves the condition and appearance of your hair by detangling, smoothing, softening and conditioning. The Head & Shoulders Nourishing Shampoo is far from your normal beautifying shampoo, its nourishing aromatherapy for your scalp, hair and nose too!

 

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Pantene introduces a breakthrough NEW styling product: AIRSPRAY, the FIRST-ever aerosol alcohol-free* hairspray. This next generation hairspray delivers flexible hold, moisture and natural movement, without stiffness or stickiness. By providing a flexible hold, women are able to brush and layer the ultra-light mist, ultimately giving them the ability to restyle their hair and embrace the unlimited amount of styles they can achieve throughout the day.

 

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There’s so much more to cover, so keep an eye out for more from the P&G Digital Studio in the coming weeks. In the meantime, get social the family of P&G brands on Twitter COVERGIRL, Clairol, Olay, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essence, Pantene and Secret today!

A New Year Means Making New Year Hair Resolutions With NouriTress

January 21st, 2016 by Christen

Making new year resolutions for healthier habits is a common practice by many, especially in 2016 – but what about creating a new resolution to create healthy and happy hair?  That’s where NouriTress Perfect Hair products come in to save the day!

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NouriTress Perfect Hair Products were created and developed in 1998 by licensed cosmetologists who performed services on multicultural women who experienced hair thinning & hair loss and wanted to regrow their hair. Understanding that healthy hair and hair growth begins inside, the company’s first and lead product was a daily hair vitamin sold exclusively in salons.  I’m sure you’ve heard of other beauty vitamins and products that claim to promote healthy hair growth, but with over 4,000,000 tablets sold, women & men who have used the products and provided consistent testimonials and evidence that NouriTress Perfect Hair products really work!

 

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Recently, I’ve jumped in on the #52WeekHealthyHair challenge by using NouriTress Perfect Hair Vitamins PlusNouriTress Perfect Hair Follicle Therapy to jumpstart my hair growth this year.  The perfect hair vitamins prevents hair thinning and loss while eliminating dandruff and promoting thicker hair from the inside out.  Using protective styling to keep minimum wear and tear on my hair, the follicle therapy applicator makes it easy stimulate my scalp and promote a healthy environment for growth.

 

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After 30 days of use, I’ve already noticed a fuller and thicker head of hair – and my length check is right on track to where I want to be.  I’m excited to step up my efforts and add the Edge Control and Edge Repair to my everyday hair care routine next month.  Can you imagine the hair growth and length after 11 more months of use? Battling hair breakage?  Thinning edges?   It’s never to late to start a healthy hair new year resolution and begin your journey with NouriTress.  For more information and to find the perfect products for you visit NouriTress.com or connect with their products on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter today!

My Secret To Revealing Younger Looking Skin With Boots Beauty (+ GIVEAWAY)

November 25th, 2015 by Christen

The holidays are filled with reuniting with family and friends plus photos for Facebook and Instagram – the last thing I need is cold weather ushering in dry skin dilemmas.  Dull, flaky skin and dark spots are not welcomed on this face and it only takes one sub-par selfie to remind me to supercharge my skincare regimen with the UK’s #1 beauty brand –  Boots No7.

 

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Lucky for me, youthful genes run in the family and I don’t have to stress out about wrinkles and fine lines anytime soon.   But that doesn’t give me the green light to neglect proper care for my skin.  Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum is the prevention care that my skin needs, it’s easy to use and provides easy-to-see results.  After 2 weeks, skin looks younger and more radiant; by 4 weeks, skin looks clearer, and fine lines are visibly reduced.

 

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As a “wash-and-go” kinda girl, I don’t have a lot of time fuss over my face in the morning.  Using the Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum is as easy as it gets.  After cleaning my face, I simply apply the serum and go!  (To fight off dry winter skin, I also use No7 Beautiful Skin moisturizing cream & Youthful Eye serum to boost protection and keep the ashy face at bay.)

 

What comes next is soft, hydrated skin that looks completely refreshed, renewed and ready to snap a throwback selfie reminiscent of my high school years!  (It’s no wonder 80% of women said this serum provided the best anti-aging results they had ever seen!)

 

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The beauty behind Boots, is that no matter what stage your skin is in, they have skincare for everyone! Boots No7 offers four anti-aging skincare ranges that target different stages of skin aging and concerns.

No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced: Powerful prevention that protects skin from future signs of aging, keeping it looking younger for longer.

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced: This serum restores visibly younger looking skin and is intended to combat deeper lines and wrinkles.

No7 Life & Luminate Day & Night Serum: This powerful duo targets three key signs of visible aging: wrinkles, lack of firmness, and uneven skin tone.

No7 Restore & Renew Day & Night Serum: Clinically proven to strengthen mature skin and reveal youthful radiance. This powerful serum duo works together to effectively target five key signs of aging in mature skin.

GIVEAWAY * GIVEAWAY * GIVEAWAY * GIVEAWAY * GIVEAWAY * GIVEAWAY *

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Using Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum has unveiled my best skin this season, why not discover how it can help you too!  Need to supercharge your skincare regimen?  Want a fresh/younger look in time for the holidays?  Enter to win 1 of 4 Boots No7 #MyBestSkin gift packs ($25-$30 Value) in two easy steps.

  1. Follow @BootsBeautyUSA on Twitter
  2. Tweet. “I’m ready to reveal #MyBestSkin with @BootsBeautyUSA and @DivasandDorks – You can enter to win too! divasand.co/MyBestSkin

 

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And just like that you’re entered to win and on your way to discovering younger looking skin!  Four winners will be selected at random and notified by 12/7/15.

 

For more than 165 years, Boots has been committed to delivering products that offer real results for people all around the world. For more information and discover which No7 products are right for you, connect with Boots on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram today or discover a variety of products online at Target.com.

 

Say Hello To The Best Sally Hansen Nude Polish Ever! (It’s The New Way To Do Nude!) #ManiMonday

November 23rd, 2015 by Christen

Usually nude manicures are staples for bland boardrooms and those that fear fashion forward nails.  There’s stiletto nails, junk nails, foil nails and more nail designs, wraps and embellishments than ever before.  With loads of nail trends populating #ManiMonday, #NailArt and #Nailstagram hashtags online – it’s easier than ever to fall down the rabbit hole of trends and believe “more is MORE.”   Lately, I’ve become a huge fan of minimalistic styles and the belief that “less is MORE.  So you can imagine just how happy I was to discover the new way to wear nude nails, with Sally Hansen’s latest designer collection.

 

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Sally Hansen has partnered with designers Prabal GurungTracy Reese and Rodarte to create some of the most sought-after shades of the season!  In a season where deep, dark colors are what’s trending on nails everywhere, who knew one of my favorite shades would be one of the softest shades of the entire designer collection?

 

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If you’re a fan of one of the most popular nude shades to date (“Stuck On You” by Jade) say hello to a new way to wear nude…the Sally Hansen / Rodarte collection in “Rose Glass”.

Rose Glass is a subtle take on what nude should look like on nails, no matter what shade of skin you’re in.

 

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These entire custom color collection can be found in Sally Hansen’s award-winning Complete Salon Manicure collection that infuses trend-setting shades with an expert quality formula to deliver salon-caliber results.

 

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure delivers seven salon manicure steps in one bottle. Chip resistant strength joins gel- quality shine. Must-have color meets nourishing benefits. Plus, a built-in base and top coat, it’s everything you need to achieve a professional manicure at home.

 

 

To check out the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure collection of colors, find them online, in stores like CVS, Walgreens and Target or grab the complete collection of limited-edition shades here.

Highlight The Good And Forget The Rest With Smashbox Contour Kit

November 23rd, 2015 by Christen

In this day and age of beauty,  “Contour” has become a taboo 4-letter word. Dozens of celebrity makeup artists have spoken out against the overuse of contouring, many of them echoing the same message that creating false cheekbones does nothing for a woman’s self-eastern. Sometimes overdoing the contouring trend relays the message that a full face isn’t beautiful. Instead of creating false shadows and chiseled features, I’m sharing a few of my favorite tips on highlighting your natural features using a mixed-use beauty hacks & the Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit.

 

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First step is to throw away every YouTube tutorial or idea that you think you know how to properly apply a contour that’s seamless and pratically undectable.  Because at the end of the day, no woman wants chiseled cheekbones and  jawline that rivals Fabio, a drag queen or the superhero Thor.

Now that you have an open mind and ready for my fail-safe tips, let’s jump right in for a new highlighted you!

 

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One of the standout features found once I opened the Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit, was just how easy Smashbox makes contouring with only three pallets.  Gradually placed from dark to light, you have your Deep Contour shade, Terracotta Bronze and Warm Highlight.  What makes this kit fresh and new?  Smashbox has created a fool-proof guide to sculpting, defining and highlighting your best features.  There’s 3 universal deeper shades for darker hued beauties to contour, bronze and highlight with ease.  Smashbox provides a #SHAPEMATTERS insert with how-to’s for your face shape and even a cheatsheet guide attached to the compact mirror and a soft, angled contour brush that completes the 3-step kit.

 

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Since every face is different, first you must analyze which face shape category you fall under.  If your forehead is the wide and your chin is the narrow, you could have a “heart-shaped” face.  If you have a rounded jawline and your face appears longer than wider, you may fall in the “oval-shaped” category. The #SHAPEMATTERS insert makes it easy to determine your true face shape.  (I’m kinda an “oval/rectangle shape” hybrid – which makes this highlighting hack super easy!)

 

 

Step 1:

 

Choose your highlights wisely.  Since the pallet is pretty simple and easy (you have three shades to choose from) I typically chose to contour with bronze shades instead of deeper contour colors and highlight where applicable.

 

 

Step 2:

 
I avoid sculpting a slender nose and go straight to cultivating my cheeks with Terracotta Bronzer.  Using my natural cheekbone structure as a guide, I lightly apply the bronze shade along the hollow line anchoring each cheek using the angled contour brush. (It may take 2-3 strokes to create a visible contour with the bronze shade – but using a bronze shade instantly creates a lighter and softer contoured look.)

 

 

 

 Step 3:

 
Mixing the warm highlight powder and Terracotta Bronze, I blend the created bronze contour in the direction of the peak of my cheeks to create a warm highlight effect.  (Tip: Don’t go all crazy with bronze and highlight shades, it’s meant to compliment certain curves of your face.)  The shimmer of the bronze attracts the light and makes your cheekbones POP! To complete my look, I add a bit of highlight to blend my under eye concealer and cheeks together and one stroke of bronze down the bridge of my nose finishes my quick look in minutes.

 

 

 

And that’s it!  My simple hack to a soft, highlighted contour is complete!  Everyone is different and playing up your unique features always gives you the best look.  You’ll never know just how easy it is to create a beautiful you if you never try, so why not discover the Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit for yourself?  Trust me, no matter if you’re a makeup maven or beauty newbie – you’ll be glad you did!

Discover how others are using the Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit and get in the conversation online by connecting with Smashbox on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using the #Smashbox hashtag.

How are you contouring, sculpting or highlighting your face?  Share your favorite beauty hacks for a flawless face in the comments below!

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