Makeup Savvy! Part 3: Contouring

What’s the deal with contouring, anyway? What’s the point? Doesn’t it take a lot of time? Won’t it just make me look clownish? Don’t you have to be a makeup guru or hire the Kardashian’s glam squad to contour correctly?

These were my questions before beginning my research for this post. Learning to contour quite frankly seemed impossible. I just knew that if I tired I would muck it up and look ridiculous; so why try? I like to look as natural as possible and just assumed that contouring always meant you looked like you’re wearing a ton of makeup. But you know what they say about assuming… 😉

As it turns out, contouring can be as natural-looking as you want.  Basically, contouring can help make your face look slimmer, or can downplay features you don’t love, while highlighting features that you do love. It also makes your face look positively radiant! Done wrong, however, you can look pretty silly.

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A dramatic, comedic example of bad contouring!

The point of Savvy Minerals makeup to is provide light weight, full coverage, all-day wear with a flawless finish. It helps your beauty shine through as opposed to some makeup that covers up your natural beauty altogether and makes you look like a totally different person. Savvy doesn’t have a wide range of products, like some makeup lines, but that is because you can use most Savvy products for more than one thing. For instance, Veil is a setting/finishing powder that gives you an “airbrushed” finish, but it can also be used as a highlighter, or can be used alone (without foundation) to make you look radiant without wearing anything else on your face. 

“So how do I contour? I’m no makeup artist!”

Good news, you can be a total amateur, like me, and still get a great, contoured look!

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Example of good contouring from Kim Kardashian – the queen of contouring.

Face Shape

The first step is knowing your face shape. Every face shape will need to be contoured differently to give you the right look.

This guide will help you determine your face shape and show you where to apply each product. If you can’t determine your face shape, just ask someone close to you. contouring-for-your-face-shape

Contouring Phases

There are three phases to contouring: contour, highlight, and blush.

Each phase uses a different Savvy Minerals product –
Contour: Bronzer (I wear Crowned All Over)
Highlight: Diamond Dust Veil
Blush (I wear I Do Believe You’re Blushin’)
– and each will go on a designated part of your face.

I have a rectangular face shape, so I will

  1. Apply bronzer to my jaw line, the hollows of my cheeks, and “corners” of my forehead.
  2. Highlight with Diamond Dust Veil in the center of my chin, upper lip, apples of my cheeks up towards my ears, center of forehead, and very top of my forehead.
  3. Apply blush to the apples of my cheeks overlapping with the bronzer and veil.

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For me, contouring with bronzer makes my face look not as long and also accentuates my cheek bones, which creates a slimming effect. Highlighting with Diamond Dust Veil gives my face a luminous glow, while blush gives me healthy, youthful color.

To determine which shade of bronzer and blush you need, see Makeup Savvy! Part 2: Skin Tone to learn about your skin tone and which Savvy product will look best on you.

For a more dramatic look, choose a shade or two darker than you would normally wear – the darker bronzer & blush. Or you can even use a darker shade of foundation or one of the multi-taskers in place of bronzer in you do not like the slight shimmer that the bronzer has. If you use Diamond Dust Veil as your setting powder (as opposed to the Matte that I use which is great for people with oily skin), you can use one the light eyeshadows as a highlighter – choose Best Kept Secret, or Wanderlust (or you can use Diamond Dust as a highlighter and setting powder). There are so many options and it is so fun to play around with the different products until you get just the right look. 

Blending

Now that you know what goes where, it is time to make everything look natural and smooth. If you don’t blend you can look really clownish and have harsh lines of color all over your face. To blend, apply a light layer of Matte Veil to your entire face, making sure you pay extra attention to the areas you’ve contoured. This will not erase your contouring, but will blur it together to help you achieve a natural, airbrushed look. 

Tutorial

A visual guide on how to contour with Savvy Minerals.

 

It’s that easy! It’s quick, simple, and ends up looking great!

If you would like to buy these products so you can contour in three easy steps, click here and select the “Savvy Minerals Premium Starter Kit” that matches your skin tone. 

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~Katie Sue
Striving for wellness and a chemical-free life, one oil at a time.

Makeup Savvy! Part 2: Skin Tone

Did you know one of the biggest mistakes you can make when buying your makeup is buying a color that doesn’t complement your skin tone? Doing so can either cause you to look washed out, or like your face, and nothing else, has visited the sun. No one likes to see a big makeup line from neck to face, and no amount of blending will save you when you inevitably hold your hand close to your face and people see a dramatic difference. Thus, it’s crucial to buy the right color and shade for your skin tone.

But how do I determine my skin tone? 

First, there are three main categories: cool, warm, and neutral. They are categorized like this:

Cool

  • Hair color: can range from very dark to light blonde
  • Veins: the veins in your forearm have a blueish tint. Cools can also be very fair to very dark (think Cate Blanchette and Viola Davis – both cools)
  • Go-to jewelry: silver
  • Your favorite cool colors to wear: a range of bright colors like blues, purples, and greens, as well as lavender and lilac.
  • Your favorite warm colors to wear: bright reds and pinks like cerise, ruby, and rose.
  • Your favorite neutral colors to wear: gray, and bright white.
  • Colors you avoid: oranges and yellows.

Warm

  • Hair color: anything from dark blonde to dark brown
  • Veins: your veins tend to have a green or even yellowish tint
  • Go-to jewelry: gold
  • Your favorite colors in the cool family to wear: warmer blues and greens such as olive, deeper turquoise, moss, fern, and red-purples
  • Your favorite colors in the warm family: think autumn colors like oranges, reds, golden yellow, amber, and honey.
  • Your favorite neutral colors to wear: taupe, chocolate, creamy whites, wheat, latte.
  • Colors you avoid: icy shades, and jeweled tones (amethyst, sapphire, ruby)

Neutrals

  • Hair color: anything from ashy tones to warm
  • Veins: neutrals have a hard time determining how their veins look/veins are more purple
  • Go to colors of both cool & warm: typically lighter colors such as blush-toned pinks, muted blues, jade green, and cameo green
  • Neutral colors to wear: taupe, grays, off-white
  • Colors to avoid: anything too bright or vibrant colors that can be overwhelming such as reds and yellows

Before I really did my research I thought I was a warm because I think I look best in gold jewelry. However, now I’m convinced I’m neutral and lean towards warm. My veins appear more purple than blue or green, I look good in earth tones, but the color I look best in is purple (it really makes my eyes pop and look green as opposed to hazel!) and cannot wear white at all – it totally washes me out, although I prefer gold, I can wear silver just fine. My hair looks best when I add red to the blonde as opposed to ash or silvery tones (naturally I’m dark blonde/light brown). Therefore, I am call myself warm/neutral.

Once you determine your skin tone, it’s time to judge how fair/dark you are. Different makeup companies will call their shades different things but the principle is the same: light, medium, and dark.

Lightest will always be those of us who are very pale and can’t tan.

Medium is exactly what it sounds like; not too light, not too dark.

Dark is dark; those with deep tans, dark olive skin, or beautiful ebony.

I am about as pale as they come. So, on the Savvy spectrum, my foundation color is Warm 1. Here are all of the lovely shades that Savvy offers. As you can see, Dark 1 is fairly light, and could be a great option for neutrals or those with olive skin tones.
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Now that you’ve picked out your foundation it’s time to pick the rest of your makeup! Next in my routine comes bronzer. I wear the Crowned All Over shade which is a medium nude. If you are fair skinned, neutral, or cool, this is a great option for you. If you have darker skin or are a warm, the Summer Loved is perfect for your skin. Although I am can wear warm, Summer Loved is too dark for me.
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Next is blush, which has always been a favorite of mine (possibly because blush was the first type of makeup I ever wore). I wear I Do Believe You’re Blushin’a lovely neutral pink with a hint of shimmer. If you are cool, you will want to try Smashing, Captivate, Awestruck, and Charisma. Warms should buy I Do Believe You’re Blushin’, and Serene. Neutrals look best in Passionate, and I Do Believe You’re Blushin’, but can wear any color depending on how fair/dark they are. Darker skin tones are going to benefit the most from Passionate and Charisma.


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Savvy also offers a lot of eye shadow choices. In addition to the eyeshadow colors, you can also use the Multitaskers as eyeshadow. Most of these can be worn by more than one skin tone. As a neutral/warm with hazel-green eyes, I gravitate toward purples/plums to help bring out the green in my eyes. When I am going for a more natural look I like Crushin’, Inspired, and the Light Multitasker. For me, my eyeshodow choice has more to do with my eye color and what I want accentuated than it does my skin tone. The new pressed palette is also gorgeous! It came out last month and I can’t wait to try it!
Savvy-minerals-eyeshadow The Multitaskers can be used for a couple different things: eyeshadow, brow filler, eye liner, and even dry shampoo! To use as brow filler, choose the color that is closest to your eyebrow’s natural color. Mine is Dark. Even though I’m very pale, I have pretty dark brown eyebrows. If you want a slight shimmer to your eyebrows, you can even dust on a bit of Determined from the eyeshadow collection.

To complete your look, you will of course need eyeliner, mascara, and veil. All of which can go on any one, no matter how pale or dark you are and no matter what your skin tone is.

For the finishing touch, the lips! Savvy has several beautiful options. There are three types of lipstick: classic, tangerine-infused, and cinnamint-infused (cinnamon & peppermint), and lip gloss. The tangerine-infused collection is soft and hydrating, and the cinnamint glides on easily and plumps the lips for a fuller look.

I have Adore and WishThey both look pretty nude on me, but give me a touch of color and shine. I would love to try Uptown Girl!
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I have Mic Drop which is very pink and bold. It’s a great summer color and to wear as a statement color when you’re going out.
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I am ordering Untamed for a natural, sophisticated look.
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I don’t have any of the glosses, but my mother loves them!
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Still unsure what you need? Don’t worry, you can get a makeup kit that has everything you need for your skin tone. They come in Cool 2, Warm 2, Dark 1, and Dark 4. For now; I am hoping that soon they will offer a starter kit for each foundation color (so I can order everything that goes with Warm 1 in one easy click!). Each comes with foundation, blush, three eyeshadows, lip gloss, a makeup brush, Misting Spray, and a bottle of Lavender. For only $150!
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There are so many gorgeous choices! I wish I could try them all.

Hopefully this post has given you an idea of what skin tone you are and which Savvy products you need. Stay tuned next week when we talk about different ways to apply Savvy!

To buy the Savvy Minerals Starter Kit, click here.

Thanks for learning with me!

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~Katie Sue

Striving for wellness, and a chemical-free life, one oil at a time.

Makeup Savvy! Part 1: Why Savvy Minerals

Young Living unveiled some incredible new products at the 2018 Grand Convention last month, and I thrilled about the new additions to the Savvy Minerals makeup line! I am obsessed!

I’ve never really cared that much about makeup though. I’ve worn it since I was in the 6th grade (just blush and cover up as a kid, don’t worry!), but have never been super into it. It was exciting when I was little and would gaze up at my Mama while she carefully applied hers, and I anxiously awaited the day when I could wear it, too. That novelty wore off pretty quickly though. I always want to look nice, but as far as contouring, highlighting, all the trends, a million steps, spending hours playing with makeup to get the right look, yada yada,  I’ve never cared. “Go with whatever is going to be the quickest so I can get every minute of sleep possible” has always been my motto. Makeup has never excited me, it’s just been a necessary part of my morning routine. Until now!

The Savvy Minerals makeup line by Young Living is AMAZING and has me super jazzed!


Why did I choose Savvy?

The last year or so since going off the pill and figuring out how to support my hormones properly, I have really suffered with acne. Horrible, ugly, embarrassing acne. It was worse than it has ever been – far worse than it ever was during puberty. There were times I didn’t want to leave the house because of how ugly I felt. I needed makeup to cover it up, but my typical makeup seemed to irritate my skin, even the “good” expensive stuff I had started buying. Catch 22. Then, right on time, Young Living introduced Savvy! Total game changer! (I’d like to state that I’ve worked REALLY HARD to correct and heal my skin. I’m doing everything I can to support my hormones, being very diligent in my skin care regimen, using high-quality Savvy makeup, taking my YL vitamins & supplements, staying hydrated, etc., and my face has cleared up remarkably! The acne is about 90% cleared up and now I’m focusing on healing my skin and restoring my skin tone. *Bursts in to an off-key rendition of “I Feel Pretty” *)

I decided to try out Savvy Minerals because it is full of good things that are beneficial to your skin, and devoid of the harmful stuff found in most makeups that can actually irritate the skin and can cause acne. Plus it offers full, buildable coverage. Also, since I’m definitely going to be buying makeup anyway, it only makes sense to buy it from a company that gives me points that spend like cash for every dollar I spend – thank goodness for Essential Rewards!

Savvy Minerals is always formulated without¹

Talc 
Bismuth
Parabens
Synthetic Fragrance
Phthalates
Petrochemicals
Synthetic Colorants
Gluten

That’s right, this line is all na-tu-ral! It minimizes the appearance of pores, brightens the complexion, absorbs excess oils, provides lasting, all-day wear, is great for those with sensitive skin, is non-irritating, won’t clog pores, is gluten free, totally vegan and is never tested on animals.¹ Awesome stuff!


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My Savvy collection

Savvy Minerals by Young Living now offers the following (as of July 2018):

Primer (Hydrating and Matte)
Foundation (10 shades)
Bronzer (2 shades)
Blush (7 shades)
Eyeshadows (12 loose powder colors, and 1 pressed powder palette – which is gorgeous)
Eyebrow filler/Multi-tasker (4 shades of brown that can also be used as eye shadow and eyeliner)
Eye liner (black)
Mascara (black)
Veil (setting powders in Diamond Dust and Matte)
Lip scrub (poppy seed)
Lipstick (in three different types, in a total of 16 colors)
Lip gloss (5 colors)
Misting Spray
Full set of brushes, of course

Everything you could need or want! The colors and shades are all gorgeous and can be used in a variety of ways. For instance, some people use the bronzer as eyeshadow, the lipstick as blush, foundation and multi-tasker as dry shampoo, etc. 


I could talk more about how awesome it is, but ya’ll should just see it for yourself. 

Before:                                                                  After:

Without-Savvy    With-Savvy-Minerals

Watch below for a tutorial on how I apply Savvy Minerals and see my face come together!

See?! It’s AWESOME!! It provides flawless, all-day wear, no matter the weather. Full coverage with a light-weight feel. Plus my skin loves it!

Stay turned for the rest of the series to learn how to determine your skin type, how to apply makeup for different face shapes, details on the Savvy products and more!

Would you like to order your own? You can do so here, just select the Savvy Minerals kit.

 

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~Katie Sue
Striving for wellness and a chemical-free life, one oil at a time.

 

 

 

¹Information on Savvy Minerals was found here.