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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.   Smashbox contour   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!   Smashbox contour  

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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.   Smashbox contour kit   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!

(INVITATION) Beauty Meets Technology With The New INGLOT Makeover App

May 17th, 2013 by Christen If you love beauty products, but hate the trial and error process or wasting countless bucks on products that don't work for you - I've got news for you!  Join me at INGLOT'S Pro Studio and Artist Lounge to celebrate the launch of the new INGLOT Virtual Makeover mobile app! Inglot makeover app INGLOT Makeover app event  Inglot makeover app   INGLOT APP 5The new INGLOT virtual makeover for iPad and iPhone allows you to experiment and create exciting new looks using INGLOT cosmetics famously vibrant color palette.  Not only can you let your imagination run wild, but you can save yourself the agony of never having buyers remorse ever again.  Simply upload your photo and try INGLOT colors directly onto your picture.  Virtual color detection makes foundation matching easy and you can eve build your a custom selected Freedom palette of color.  Inglot makeover app Want a chance to test out the app and get an accompanying makeover of your dreams?  Join me on June 4th for the official INGLOT virtual makeover app launch in NYC!  We'll have makeover competitions, music, treats and great prizes including gift cards, beauty bags and more! Space is limited and we can only accommodate the first 50 reader RSVPs today.  If you're in the NYC area and would like to attend, send your name with Subject:  INGLOT Makeover App Launch via email to Inglot makeover app See you there!

Show Face At The INGLOT Artist Lounge Grand Opening In NYC!

December 18th, 2012 by Christen Are you in NYC looking for the place to show your face?  INGLOT Cosmetics is proud to announce the grand opening of their 6,000 square foot, INGLOT Artist Lounge located at their Chelsea Market flagship store on Wednesday, December 19, 2012.  


  INGLOT’s Artist Lounge radiates beauty inspiration from every corner and offers pro-members an array of services not found under any other roof.  Makeup artists will find themselves immersed in astudio that is sure to become their next beauty haven. The opportunities are endless here for INGLOT pro-members!  Artists can book one of the many spaces during business hours and gain access to the entire INGLOT range of products.  Hold your wedding trials, business meetings, and photo shoots here!  The best news is, these services are offered to pro-members free of charge for a limited time! In addition to the space, make use of the wide screen television for presentations, complete state of the art sound system, catering facilities for any refreshments you may bring, and all the INGLOT products you could ever want.  So why not meet new clients, entertain old ones, attend a class or even host your own?  

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The New York INGLOT Artist Lounge, the one-stop support shop for all industry professionals.  The perfect complimentary space for business lunches, makeup trials, promotional events, parties, photo shoots, research projects and more.”  Mr. Wojtek Inglot, Creator and Founder of INGLOT Cosmetics   But that’s not all!  Beginning in January, and each month throughout 2013, INGLOT’s Artist Lounge will be full of workshops and inspiration!  Top makeup artists in the industry will be on-site to train and educate other pro-members in their craft.  Stay tuned for more announcements coming soon!  The “Artist Lounge” is located on the fifth floor at Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue (between 15th and 16th Street), New York, NY 10011.  For more information on how to become a pro-member, please visit



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