There is an anti-bronzer school of thought for contouring and it has taken me awhile to get on board.  Taupe and gray powders are being released left and right from a variety of brands.  The problem with most is that they are all sorts of muddy and unnatural on my olive skin.  The theory is that gray tones are found in shadows and copper/bronze/orange aren’t, so taupe will create natural looking shadows on the face.  I’ve searched high and low, tested some rather unfortunate looking shades, and have finally found something I’m happy with.  A million bonus points for a soft, pigmented, and easily blended formula at an affordable price.

Inglot HD Sculpting Powder Swatches 502 and 505 product
INGLOT HD Sculpting Powders in 502 and 505

INGLOT recently released five HD Sculpting Powders for use in the Freedom System palettes.  There are three shades for contour (502, 504, and 505) and two shades for highlighting (501 and 503).  Each of the contour shades has a different undertone and I find 502 and 505 are my favorites.

Inglot HD Sculpting Powder Swatches 502 and 505
INGLOT HD Sculpting Powder Swatches 502 and 505

When I want an intense contour I choose 502.  It can be applied lightly or more moderately (as swatched above) but the depth of color simply means higher contrast with my skin.  A more natural looking shadow is created with 505, but it is important not to go heavy handed.  I get more subtle, but still noticeable, shading with the gray-taupe shade.

INGLOT HD Sculpting Powder profile 502 before
before
INGLOT HD Sculpting Powder profile 502 after
after with 502

Hello, cheekbones!  With more dramatic makeup, the contour would fall right in line.  The color of 502 works very well with my tan and is best suited for warm skin that is medium-tan and deeper.

INGLOT HD Sculpting Powder profile 505 before
before
INGLOT HD Sculpting Powder profile 505 after
after with 505

So does this mean I’m a convert?  Yes!  Does it mean I now contour, bronze, and highlight every day?  No! (Who has that kind of time?!)  Sure I’ll do it on occasion, but lately I’m all about either bronzing or contouring.  And don’t forget…adding blush makes contour look fully believable.  Topping it off with highlighter just chisels those cheekbones even further!

INGLOT HD Sculpting Powder profile 505 complete

Have you tried the taupe contour trend?  Where do you stand on bronzing vs. contouring?

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