FOTD: Contour Focused… An Evening Look for Fall

Happy Sunday! If I were to follow my normal schedule and if you noticed, there shouldn’t be any posts today. However, I was playing with a look I DON’T normally wear, and I thought I’d share with you. Be merciful with the comments, please 😀

I was experimenting with stronger contours on my otherwise soft flat face, and I have to say it is something I WON’T be wearing much. First of all, I look quite bronzed all over, and it’s just too much work. Anything more, I’d look super dirty! Thanks hubs for taking the photos for me, using his better camera. My Canon G12 is travelling in China with my parents.



What I’m wearing:

Lancome Maqui Blanc Miracle foundation in BO-02 all over my face and neck. 2 layers of it, in case you’re wondering why my face looks different. No concealers (the foundation was full coverage already).

MAC Mineralised Skin Finish Natural in Light down the centre of my face (forehead, nose, chin) and NARS Laguna bronzer at hairline, sides of my face and neck. This gives a little dimension to my otherwise pretty flat face. Guerlain Meteorites Cruel Gardenia to highlight cheekbones and bridge of my nose.

Contours at the hollow of my cheeks and the sides of my nose lightly using a combination of NARS Laguna and Benefit Silky eyeshadow in Bossy. Blush used is Tarte Exposed.

On my eyes, the new Estee Lauder palette Violet Underground, and the blue toned purple makes my eyes look really white (review coming soon). The shades I used are purple, brown and black. I’m wearing Shiseido Lacquer Rouge RD607 Nocturne on my lips.

Filled in my brows using Benefit Silky eyeshadow in Bossy and darkened it using Bobbi Brown brow pencil in Mahogany. Loads of mascara, and I used Revlon Photoready 3D Volume.



I don’t think this look is practical for day wear, because after some sweating, I bet any shadows at the sides of my nose will be gone. I think it’s good for photos because my cheekbones popped and I actually have a nose bridge here, but in real life, nah… I’ll pass. I’m just not used to it at all. I feel overly made up here, actually. However, I would tone down a notch or two for a dinner out. I think it’s quite fall appropriate, isn’t it?

Contouring is a very tricky skill and I still need loads and loads of practice. This is an amateur attempt but I hope it’s passable, not laughable *cringe* What do you think of this look? Do you contour often? Maybe on special occasions only? Or not at all?


xoxo Lily


  • Hanny Daforcena

    What I pretty look! I’m on love with contouring but I dare not make SUCH an attempt as you have! You gave me another idea, yay! ^.^

    OH MY GAWD that red! It looks awesome on you, heh heh. Whoever said you’d have to stick with neutral-ish eye makeup with wearing red lipstick can just go back under the coconut shell.

    • Lily

      Hi Hanny, that’s so kind 🙂 I still think it’s fun just for the blog, so I’m hoping you’ll also make such an attempt in contouring! LOL!… I love this red. It’s not too bright, and it’s dark enough just to make things a little sexier ;-P

  • I NEED everything in this look! Looking sexy Lily, seriously! I love the lip and I love the eyes, I need both products right now!

    • Lily

      Hey Teri, Thanks so much! Hahaha! Seriously though, I was a little scared posting this up. I’m a little uncomfortable with the whole contouring. Oh, I think Shiseido Nocturne would look va va voom on you…and I’m surprised how versatile the Violet Underground eye palette is. You need to check them out!

      • Well, it looks great! It’s interesting, I contour every time when I do my make-up, but just slightly! It’s just part of the routine. I contour a bit more heavier when I take pictures for the blog, but yeah irl it looks waaay too much, so I really understand how you feel, haha ;). It adds a bit definition, but you look great any way, really :).

        • Lily

          You’re right about adding definition. Even just a light one at the sides of the face will slim down the edges 🙂 Since I have lots of product left, I should use more of my Laguna 😉

  • This is a great look for Fall, Lily! Love it! and you did an amazing job with the contouring! I have never contoured before in my life and cringe to image the kind of job I would do if I tried 😛

    • Lily

      Thanks Becca. You should try it. It’s quite fun, even if you messed up. LOL 🙂

  • Such lovely cheekbones! I really need to start learning how to contour just to give me that ‘slimmer’ look hehe

    • Lily

      It does help! If I were to wear it in day time, I’d use a sheer bronzer (NARS Laguna does a pretty good job even though it has slight shimmer), a fluffy brush to diffuse the colour further, then sweep it along my jawline, the hollows of my cheeks and hairline. Very subtle, but definitely less flat 😉

  • Sunny @ Mostly Sunny

    Oh hoooooot! Love the red lips!

    I do contour systematically because I want my cheeks to look slimmer. I seldom highlight because I don’t want to end up looking greasy though!

    • Lily

      Hey Sunny, thanks! Surprisingly, the Cruel Gardenia doesn’t make the face look greasy at all. In fact, when just applied at high points of the face, it gives the skin a dewy glow. This is also the same for Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector. It’s so subtle with the shimmers that it only makes the skin healthy 😉

  • Jen Nie

    Love the lip color. Will search for one but I m usually without any makeups on. Sigh!

    • Lily

      Hi Jen Nie… actually, even just a lip colour will make a whole lot of difference to how you look. You should really try it!

  • Claire

    I love how the Shiseido lip lacquer looks on you, it almost looks like a true red, I was hoping it would look like that on me as well. Contouring is very important to me, I try to contour my nose a lot (I admit, sometimes I am really lazy about contouring, lol). I try to make my face a bit slimer because most of the time I apply my blush on my apples. I am surprised how not-glittery gardenia looks on you, or non-shiny/greasy.

    • Lily

      Hi Claire, thanks for dropping by 🙂
      I would say the Shiseido Nocturne is more of a blood red in real life. Maybe the shine of the lip lacquer makes it look a little brighter in flash photography! Cruel Gardenia is not greasy at all. It’s a very soft powder instead of liquid, and it is very lovely. My first Guerlain purchase, actually. Very happy with it 🙂

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