flawless in a flash

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As a self-proclaimed product junkie, it took me a while to commit to a skincare routine. I was always trying this or that moisturizer, mask, serum, you name it. While my Sephora VIB status benefited, my skin did not. Have I learned my lesson? Sort of. Now I love switching up my makeup instead! After how much I loved the Clarins skincare (it’s cemented in my winter routine), I gladly accepted the offer to play with some of their makeup. The products are designed to apply quickly and make it easy to get a natural makeup look.

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The Instant Light Brush-On Perfector is key to looking bright-eyed after a short night’s sleep. It’s subtle yet effective and is made with oat sugars that tighten to reduce signs of fatigue. I brush on a light layer in an inverted triangle shape and blend it in with my makeup sponge. The Face Contouring Palette is going to be amazing to travel with. I usually see palettes with a contour and highlight so it’s ultra convenient that this one also includes a blush. The powders are really easy to blend and have just the right amount of pigment.

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What wowed me the most was the 4-colour All-in-One Pen. The packaging reminded me of my old gel pens with a bunch of different ink colors, albeit much better quality. It has a black, brown and blue eyeliner and a beige lip liner, all with a creamy formula that doesn’t pull the skin. I like to draw the black liner on my top lashline from the outer corner about halfway across, then smudge it a little with an angled brush. A few coats of the Supra Volume Mascara add a lot of volume without clumping or transferring. Then it’s just a swipe of the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector to complete the look — 06 is a pretty neutral that’s earned a spot in my everyday bag. It has a tint of color, the ideal creamy-glossy consistency and a subtle vanilla scent that I love.

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This post is sponsored by Clarins. As always, all reviews and opinions are my own.

olivia palermo x ciate london

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Olivia Palermo’s makeup always looks flawless so I had high expectations for her collaboration with Ciaté London — and every product I’ve tried has lived up to them! This eyeshadow palette was somewhat of an impulse purchase. To this point, eyeshadow has been one area in my makeup routine I’ve yet to do much experimenting with so it’s really unlike anything I have. The jewel tone shades are so luxurious and especially great for this time of year. Even in the photos you can see the suede-like texture — it’s so soft and easy to blend. I love using the four dark middle shades with a damp shadow brush to intensify the colors. The shades complement each other so well that there are so many looks you can create with this one palette which makes it perfect for festive parties and to take if you’re traveling for the holidays. It doesn’t hurt that the compact itself is gorgeous, too! My other favorite products from the collaboration are this kohl eyeliner and this red nail polish. Shop them all below!

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LORAC Pro Contour Palette

If you’re like me, contouring has always been a little intimidating. I thought it was too dramatic for everyday and that you needed to be an expert or have a makeup artist to get it right. Instead I’d do a little contour with my bronzer and add some highlight if we’re going out, but I never saw the benefit of having a separate palette when I already owned these products. Last week I got to preview the new LORAC Pro Contour palette and believe me when I say it’s a game-changer!

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The palette has three matte contour shades, two matte highlight shades and one shimmer highlight shade and comes with a custom contour brush. Honestly the brush is probably worth the $45 alone! It’s incredibly soft and easy to blend with, plus the unique shape makes it so easy to apply the contour and highlight powder. The three shades of each mean the palette works for any skin tone and year-round if you get a little color in the summer. I’m between light and medium so I’ve been using the light now but I’ll switch to medium when I get a little tan! It’s really easy to get a natural look with this palette that you can wear everyday, and then to amp it up if you want that Kardashian-esque contour. Since placement for where you should contour and highlight depends on your face shape, the palette comes with a step-by-step guide for contouring every face shape. I also love the packaging — it’s so sleek and snaps shut with a magnet to protect the fine powders.

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I got my own demo at the event and had the amazing makeup artist spill his pro tips and techniques so I could share. First things first, he recommended to do your makeup before your hair because you have to blend the contour into your hairline. This prevents that unnatural line of makeup but it will also mess up your hair! The brush was custom designed for the palette so that makes it really easy for anyone to do. Use the domed side of the brush to apply your contour shade to the hollow of your cheekbones, nose, around the hairline and along the jawline, then use the flat side to blend. Blending is really the key to making this look natural! Spray the brush to clean off the contour shade before applying the highlight shade with the flat side of your brush. For that, he said to just never use the shimmer shade under your eyes! When you’re done, dust a clean fluffy brush over everything to finish the look.

LORAC Pro Contour palette swatches

Here’s a closer look at the six shades. What I love about these powders is how soft and fine they are — so great for blending on the skin or together if you’re between two! The LORAC Pro Contour palette is available on Ulta.com on June 14, in stores June 28 and everywhere else July 5.

Palette c/o LORAC. All opinions are my own! Thank you for supporting The Glam Files.