I’ve had this TARTE highlight + contour palette for a little while now, and use it all the time! The universal colors are easy to apply—you pretty much can’t mess this up (if you apply too much or too little just blend it out or add more). And, winter is when you need to be able to realistically fake a sun kissed complexion! Glow To Go would also make a prefect starter palette if you are not in the contour game yet.
I purchased this tartiest palette directly from TARTE for $23.00 USD, but you can find it a variety of places including ULTA or SEPHORA for the same $23.00 USD. The palette itself has a magnetic closure to help it stay closed, but when I pack this for trips I also add a rubber band or hair tie around it just to make sure it doesn’t come open en route.
Not only will these shades look good on any complexion, but they also smell great! All three colors include vanilla extract, for its antioxidants and anti-aging properties (not to mention sweet scent). Ingredients also include a variety of skin loving vitamins and minerals.
The Chisel contour color also has Tarte’s Amazonian clay, to give it all day wear.
- Gleam—a cool pearl highlight
- Burst—a golden beige highlight with neutral shimmering finish
- Chisel—a blue undertone matte contour shade
All three of these have blue undertones that are meant to subtlely mimic shadows and play up the effects of natural light on the contours of your face.
You can use any face brushes you want with these. I tend to like a fan brush for the highlighter (the one pictured here is huge) and a smaller round brush for the contour color (to strategically chisel the color in).
Here is a little step-by-step collection of photos so you can see how I apply these:
#1.) A fresh face with just foundation (Maybelline Ready Set Gorgeous!), powder (Kat Von D Lock It), and a bit of cream blush (MAC here) :
#2.) Added swashes of contour color into the hairline at the top of my face, down the sides of the nose, along sides of chin, and swiped along hollow of the cheeks, AND highlight color down the center of the nose, in a C-shape outside the outer eyebrow area, on the cupid’s bow of the lip, top of cheeks, and lightly at the top of forehead (you can also add this just under eyebrows and on the tear duct of the eye):
#3) Use your face brushes (I usually choose one for highlight and one for contour so as not to blend the colors), to blend out the pigments to a natural tone. And, I’ve added the rest of my makeup:
It doesn’t really matter which of the highlight colors you use, you can just play with how the shades vary slightly. I mainly like to use the Gleam color because it matches my skin tone best and is not as bright as the Burst shade. The highlighters are buildable micro shimmer, so you can get just the right effect.
note: I do think you also need a blush between your highlight and contour (on the apple of cheeks) to complete your look.
This palette is:
- dermatologist tested
- No Parabéns or Phthalates
- net weight 2.3g/0.08oz
- made in USA
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