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My entire beauty routine just got more compact! So as you know I’m a huge fan of highlighting and contouring—to the point where I do it EVERY time I wear makeup. No I’m not walking around looking like a showgirl all day—when done right it actually looks more natural on those of us with deeper skin tones (I’m talking from my olive-toned boos to my deeply chocolate babes) especially since many of us are naturally multi-toned in the face.
By multi-toned I mean typically lighter in the center of the face and darker around the perimeter. Many women of color have this coloring naturally and using just one shade of foundation all over can typically cause a sort of mask-appearance. It’s actually more of a natural look to add a little bit of a deeper shade around the perimeter and a lighter one in the center. You don’t always have to do dramatic highlighting and contouring ;)
So anyway back to this kit.
I’m SO happy they came out with it since I’ve been doing what the kit essentially is for the longest time but with full-size Cover FX Total Cream Cover Foundations and Cream Concealer. You can see the process here. Having it all in one kit is SO much easier for me to carry around—I even toted it with me when I went to Düsseldorf.
It comes in six global shades based on undertone. I have both the G Medium-Deep and the N Deep Cover FX Contour Kits. I could use some shades from the G Medium-Deep kit to have more options to highlight (G30 G70 G90 and Sunlight), but the N Deep kit (N60 N90 N120 and Candellight) is definitely my main.
You already know how I feel about Cover FX Total Cover Cream (you can read my review here if you missed it) so I already love the performance on the Contour Kit since it uses shades from Total Cover Cream. I love that there are two options for highlighting so I can either do a more subtle highlight or a more pronounced highlight—I can also mix them together to get a different shade if needed. Then there’s N120 the shade I’ve been using for the longest to contour but was discontinued. I hoarded mine so I had a few shades in my stash, but I’m glad to see the shade back! It’s also one of the deepest foundation shades on the market—it’s even darker than MAC NW50 and NW55 (see comparisons here). And good news—it’ll be back soon as a standalone shade, too! So happy because I’d asked the Cover FX team a gazillion times to bring it back…lol.
If you’re an N120, you can also use this kit. No, there’s no “contour” in there for your shade but you can use the kit to focus more on highlighting plus there’s a foundation match for you in N120. See also How to Contour Very Deep, Dark Skin.
There’s also the Candlelight shade which is a cream shimmery rose gold highlighter that you can use on the tops of your cheekbones, in the inner corners of the eyes, the bow of the lip, add a golden shimmer to your lip color, etc.
After I cleanse, moisturize, and prime my skin, I apply Total Cover Cream in N110 using my beautyblender. Then I move onto eye makeup including brows. After that I highlight under my eyes, my brow bone, the bridge of my nose, right above the bow of my lip, and the tip of my chin typically with shade N90 using the Cover FX Contour Brush—it makes applying the highlight and contour really easy since it’s double-ended. I apply the contour shade along the perimeter of my face, on the hollows of my cheeks, and on the sides of my nose. I then blend everything out with my beautyblender and set with powder (I use Cover FX Mineral Powder Foundation in N80 to set my highlight, N120 to set my contour, and either Cover FX Matte Setting Powder or Illuminating Setting Powder depending on the weather).
Cover FX Contour Brush
Highlight and contour placement will depend on what you want to highlight and contour on your face—remember highlighting brings areas forward and contouring makes them recede.
Here’s some different looks I’ve done (the bottom right was done by makeup artist Neema Ali) using components of the Cover FX Contour Kit (remember I’ve been using Cover FX products to highlight and contour way before the kit came out). But this goes to show you don’t have to be scared of highlighting and contouring—there’s many degrees to it and you can have a natural look or go all out and be more glam and dramatic.
(Variations in my skin tone are due to lighting and/or change in season)
So in conclusion, this kit is the business!
Shade cheat sheet
If you wear:
Shades N0 thru N30, select N Light Contour Kit
Shades N35 thru N60, select N Medium Contour Kit
Shades N70 thru N110, select N Deep Contour Kit
Shades P10 thru P60, select P Light-Medium Contour Kit
Shades G10 thru G40, select G Light Medium Contour Kit
Shades G50 thru G80, select G Medium-Deep Contour Kit
Find your Cover FX shade here.
Price and where to buy: $48 each at coverfx.com
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Cover FX but as always, all opinions are 100% my own.