Not Everybody Believes In Contouring

While I was on my hospital bed last Tuesday evening, I’ve managed to come across an online article written by Kristen Bateman for Allure. The title of the article was “Why You’ll Never See A Bobbi Brown Contour Palette”.  This article is based from  “Bobbi Brown on Why She Really Left Her Brand and Resisted Making a Contour Palette, and Her Next Moves”, an interview by Linda Wells (former editor at Allure Magazine) for New York Magazine‘s The Cut.

Both articles certainly got me thinking.

For the past Ten years that I have been doing makeup and checking out Bobbi Brown counters, I have not seen a contour palette from her.  NEVER. Then again, this realization did not surprise me because I know the brand philosophy of Bobbi Brown. That is why she is one of my idols.

As stated on her book Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual,  “All women really want the same thing: to look like themselves, only prettier and more confident.”

This is one philosophy I believe in.

I myself do not contour heavily. Mainly because eighty percent of my work is for Television Commercials. As a rule, makeup should be:

  • Natural
  • Clean
  • Fragrant

Shoots are excruciatingly long and before it commences, I am given a very limited time to do hair + makeup. Skipping contouring actually gives me more than enough time to perfect the skin and bring emphasis to the eyes. Most of the time applying blush correctly is all you need to make a face “bloom”.

Contouring has already reached it’s zenith and I hope it would die down already. I have seen many men and women who overdo it. It is not a very pretty sight. Spotlights tend to wash out the natural contours of the face, thus the need for contouring. One would only need to contour heavily if you have a spotlight following you around 24/7. Youtube makeup video tutorials are not helping in anyway. These makeup tutorial videos are in a “well lit” controlled environment.

Just remember my friends that daylight is kind when it is not directly over head and office lights are your worst enemy,  so less is more.

Honestly, how many more contour palettes has to be made? I do applaud Bobbi for not bowing down to the pressure of creating a contour palette. In truth, selling a contour palette is a lucrative venture for any cosmetic company. With a name sake like Bobbi’s, I’m sure it would sell like hotcakes. Bobbi not creating a contour palette just comes to show that it’s not about the money. It is about empowering women with a little knowledge and the right tools. As stated on the about page her website,, “The secret to beauty is simple: be who you are”.

And I always work around those parameters.


To read the article from Allure, click on the link below.

To read the article from The Cut, click on the link below.


Of Smokey Eyes and Colored Lips

There have been times when I do a smokey eye, most women I work with always ask for a nude lip. 90% of the time. Always. However, there are a few women who are not afraid to play with their lip color and WORK it.

This short video shows that you CAN wear a smokey eye and pair it a light lip, a red lip or a dark lip. Though the smokey eye – nude lip combo is a standard in the industry, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the norm.

Always delve into your personality and find that confidence. That security in your own persona to know that you can wear what ever look that you want.

Life is too short, always play with your look. Do not be that woman who gets stuck in one look forever.

Personally, I believe that smokey eye is too intense of a look to wear on a daily basis. There are a few women I know though who do wear this on a daily basis (yes Gayle, I’m talking about you! *laughs*) and I applaud such women. In my humble opinion, there are certain occasions that befit this look, always make it an opportunity to play with your eye makeup. If you don’t like it, you can always remove it. After all it’s just makeup.


Products used:

Skin Care:


VMV Hypoallergenics Superskin 3 Monolaurin + Mandelic Acid Toner


VMV Hypoallergenics Re-Everything Eye Serum


Smash Box Photo Finish Foundation Primer



MUD Yg2 and Yg3


Ben Nye Banana Powder

MUD Desert


Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Orange Blossom

Laura Mercier Mineral Illuminating Powder in Candle Light (highlight)


Guerlain Terra Cotta Summer Stones (Discontinued). Read my blog about this product here.


Nars Smudge Proof Eye Base. Read my blog about this product here.

Laura Mercier Matte Eye Colour in Noir


Laura Mercier Caviar Cake Eyeliner in Black (discontinued)

Mascara :

VMV Hypoallergenics Ooh-La-lash! Volumizing Mascara


Light lip: Max Factor Colour Elixer Giant Pen Stix in Couture Blush

Red Lip: Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Vixen

Dark Lip: Sleek True Color Lipstick in Mulberry