I have entirely mixed emotions about contouring. I've mentioned my dislike for it on my blog before; the main reason being that I can't see how anyone can be bothered apply so many different products on a near daily basis. That's something I still stand by, however my growing addiction to Pinterest means I'm forever bombarded with very convincing before and after shots. I'm still not entirely convinced on the whole thing and don't believe that it makes a particularly noticeable difference to the overall appearance of my face, but I've been trying to give it more of a go on nights out.
I'm a huge fan of cream products, so my highlight of choice is always the Stila Convertible Colour in Kitten. As far as I know this is only available as part of the Colour Me Pretty palette and isn't available to buy in a single pan; at least not the cream version. The only other product I can compare it to is Topshop's Glow Highlighter in Gleam, so that may be an alternative if you're not keen on buying an entire palette just for one shade (although the rest of the CC's included are the bomb, so it's a move worth considering). I simply pat the colour over the very tops of my cheek bones and blend it out with my finger; something I find it relatively easy to do, although the Stila highlighter admittedly isn't the creamiest formula around. I then go in with the main contour; my product of choice being MAC's Blush in Harmony. This is the perfect contour shade for those with fairer complexions as it has a rosy red undertone that prevents it from translating as orange on the skin. It also doesn't have any shimmer, so it can be built up or sheered out as much as you like while continuing to look pretty natural. I've always been told to keep the contour on the outside of the face and never to pass the outer corner of the eye, so that's a rule I stick by. A hefty bit of blending with a Real Techniques Contour Brush and I'm usually just about happy. I tend to add a little bit of blush to proceedings too, although the exact brand and shade of that varies from day to day depending on how I'm feeling and what type of look I'm going for. The Stila Convertible Colours are some of my favourites, alongside the Seventeen Shimmer Brick and Natural Collection's Dusky Pink. It's definitely not something that's crept into my daily routine by any means, but I'm beginning to understand the appeal of a subtle contour a little more at least.