Beauty Buff // Vol. 5: Contour 101

Bows & Sequins Beauty Review: Physicians Formula Contour Stick

CONTOUR. Anyone else get a little freaked out when they hear that beauty term? If so, you’re not alone. I used to work on a color cosmetics brand and I’ve had my makeup professionally done countless times for shoots and events over the years… Even still, it kind of freaks me out. I understand how to contour in terms of light and dark areas, but it’s always so much easier than done! It’s hard to achieve at home when you’re on your own, right? When a few makeup artists have contoured my face, I’ve felt a bit clown-like and always feel like I have wayyy too much makeup on my face. All the power to them, but I’m not going for that Kardashian look, you know? BUT with the makeup artists that have gotten it right over the years, and have achieved that subtle contouring look that really does change the shape of your face, I totally get it! With some subtle shading and blending, you can slim your jawline, emphasize your cheekbones, highlight your eyes, slim your nose, etc. But how to do that at home, am I right?! And easily, too! Ain’t nobody got time to spend an extra 10 minutes contouring their face in the morning.

Most contour products I’ve tried are just too much. I wear a pretty light foundation in terms of coverage so I’ve been in need of a contour product that is also very buildable. Nothing too heavy! Meet the Physicians Formula #InstaReady Contour Trio Stick.

Bows & Sequins Beauty Review: Physicians Formula Contour Stick

I’m not going to lie… I was freaked out to try this contour stick when I first saw it. I was thinking there was no way that these three lines could fit everyone’s face! I had my photographer, Melissa, shoot these photos the very first time I used the product to really capture that real, first-time use. I had my foundation on and had a meeting later that afternoon so I was hoping that I wouldn’t mess it all up and have to start from scratch. You can tell by the photos how surprised I was! It feels a bit like war paint when it goes on… It’s crazy-looking! But once you blend it out, you honestly do have that subtly sculpted look!

Bows & Sequins Beauty Review: Physicians Formula Contour Stick

Bows & Sequins Beauty Review: Physicians Formula Contour Stick

Bows & Sequins Beauty Review: Physicians Formula Contour Stick

Bows & Sequins gives a contouring tutorial with the Physicians Formula 3-in-1 Contour Stick. Contouring made easy!

Bows & Sequins gives a contouring tutorial with the Physicians Formula 3-in-1 Contour Stick. Contouring made easy!

I can’t get over how easy it is to use! If you aren’t sure where to begin, there’s a detailed photo on the package that teaches you the basics. You can use the three shades at once along your cheekbones, and also use the highlight and contour shades on their own, too! I tried blending with my fingers, a brush, and also a sponge. The directions recommend your fingers, which worked perfectly fine, but a brush was great, too!

Contouring made easy with a 3-in-1 contour stick! @bowsandsequins

Contouring made easy with a 3-in-1 contour stick! @bowsandsequins

Bows & Sequins gives a contouring tutorial with the Physicians Formula 3-in-1 Contour Stick. Contouring made easy!

Bows & Sequins gives a contouring tutorial with the Physicians Formula 3-in-1 Contour Stick. Contouring made easy!

Bows & Sequins gives a contouring tutorial with the Physicians Formula 3-in-1 Contour Stick. Contouring made easy!

Bows & Sequins gives a contouring tutorial with the Physicians Formula 3-in-1 Contour Stick. Contouring made easy!

Contouring made easy with a 3-in-1 contour stick! @bowsandsequins

Overall, I love the product! It’s very easy to use, and the formula glides on really smoothly. It’s not greasy at all, and actually helps to absorb oil throughout the day, which is kind of awesome. It has SPF 30, too, which obviously I like… Any little bit helps!

Available at Ulta and PhysiciansFormula.com!

Bows & Sequins Beauty Review: Physicians Formula Contour Stick

Have you tried the Physicians Formula #InstaReady Contour Trio Stick? Any other contouring products you swear by? Would love to hear your thoughts!

Created in partnership with Physicians Formula

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8 Comments

  1. 6.9.16
    Poperie commented:

    I really want to learn all the contouring secrets.

  2. 6.9.16

    I’m honestly scared to contour, but you look great!

  3. 6.9.16
    Natali commented:

    Great contour tutorial! You’re such a natural beauty!

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  4. 6.9.16
    Jen commented:

    I’ve always been intrigued by cream contours – this actually looks pretty good!

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  5. 6.10.16
    Sarah Blodgett commented:

    Oooh I need to try this! I love Physician’s Formula, and I just discovered my love of cream contour http://bit.ly/1WcJgV7
    Kisses,
    Sarah
    EverydayStarlet

  6. 6.10.16
    Lindsey Simon commented:

    I haven’t tried the Physicians Formula contouring product… but I really like Maybeline’s “DreamLumi” highlighter. It’s so pretty and really brightens up the face. Thanks for sharing!

    Love, Lindsey
    http://www.thenomisniche.com/

  7. 6.13.16
    Shanna Johnson commented:

    Okay, so I read this post, and then today I went out and bought this. I can’t wait to use it!
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  8. 6.15.16
    Marie commented:

    Love this post and how you simplify the process for beginners. I’ve been contouring for a while now and even I’m surprised at how simple you’ve made it sound/look. Kudos to you babe!

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    xoxo