Contouring, Brightening, and Highlighting – Does it Make a Difference?

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Does highlighting, brightening, and contouring really make a difference in how you look?


That was the question I wanted to answer.  To do this, I opted to do a “half face” look with half of my faced being adorned with all the extra goodies and the other with only typical blush.  


Here is what I used on all of my face:


Foundation: Laura Mercier Silk Crème Oil Free Photo Edition Foundation – $48 –
Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder – $37 –
Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour blush in Glisten – – $28


Shadow: Tarte Energy Noir Clay Palette Unearthed blush – – $38
Shadow Primer: Mac Paint Pot in Painterly – – $22
Mascara: Covergirl Lash Blast Volume Waterproof – – $8.99
Brows: Urban Decay Brow Tamer in Neutral Brown – – $20; Nyx Micro Brow Pencil in Taupe – – – $9.99; Milani Brow & Eye Highlighter in 01 – – $6.99


Lipgloss: bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Maverick – – $18


Here are the extra goodies I added to the left side view of my face (your left):


Bronzer: Nars Blush Bronzer Duo in Laguna and Orgasm – – $42


Contour:  Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette – – $40


Highlighterthe balm Mary-Lou Manizer – – $24


Brightening under eyes: Under Eye Cream: Pixi Color Corrector Cream – – $12; Under Eye Powder: Besame Brightening Violet Powder – – $22


And here is the result – Can you see a difference?  Is the extra time and money invested in products worth it?  Or is the extra pampering that results from you applying the products the underlying benefit?  



What do you think?  Do you see a difference?  I look forward to hearing your thoughts and comments and then I will add mine!

Here is my video of the entire process.


One thought on “Contouring, Brightening, and Highlighting – Does it Make a Difference?

  1. I bought I’d prefer the contoured side but for some reason at the end I preferred the side with just the blush. You looked much fresher on that side, though you have a perfectly balanced face with clear skin so I don’t think you need it all. Just discovered you and loving the blog! Thanks xx

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