Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Save vs. Splurge Series - Colouring and Contouring

Today we continue the series that we started waaaay back before we got all caught up in Christmas and New Year madness - a series we lovingly call, Save vs. Splurge. Despite being budget conscious, we at Budget Brunettes are very aware that sometimes it is better, in fact, to splurge. So we will once again be letting you know what items to save those pennies for (or "nickles" for all us Canadian folks) and which to purchase at will. Today we are focusing on the face.

Sonia Kaskuk - $8.99 at Target
Because many different shades of blush will compliment one single skin tone, a girl needs to experiment. This gets hard to do on high-end price tags.  There are so many dupes at drugstores (more on this later) that come at a much lower cost. I will include one caution, however: know your skin type. If you have sensitive skin go for mineralized blush, if you have dry skin go for a cream blush, etc. Knowing your skin type will ensure that you are not breaking out to products, low or high end. I like this one by Sonia Kashuk since it is super pigmented and lasts all day long.
Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer - $36.00 at Sephora

Similarly, bronzer comes in a variety of shades to suite different skin tones. However, despite the one exception that I have found (NYC's Sunny Bronzer), generally low end bronzers tend to be more orange than the tan colour that is coveted. I recommend my favourite matte bronzer from Benefit if you mainly want to accentuate those cheek bones and contour the face. For a luminous and back-from-a-tropical-vacation look,  try one with a bit of shimmer.  Avoid tons of sparkles though - the point is not to look like a disco ball.

I hope you found these tips helpful. Until next next time,

Thanks for following and happy shopping!

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