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We're always talking about different products at work. A lot of times, I'm like, damn, that's so cool but I don't know how to even begin implementing that into my routine! My everyday makeup is definitely on the natural side and is quick to do, but I like the idea of doing more for special events just to try something new and different from the usual. In my mind, contouring is one of those things.

I have sort of a weird relationship with makeup. On one hand, I think makeup is a wonderful outlet for creativity. I really enjoy doing outlandish looks and making weird shapes with eyeliner. Sometimes I just pop a bright color on my lids. I'm obsessed with glitter so it's a must before I leave my home. I always wear a bright red lip and blush, so it's really not that I'm afraid of color or anything. When I do these things, I still feel like I look like myself and I have just drawn foreign objects onto my face—there's still a distinction between what's my face and what's makeup.

And yet, on the other hand, there's something about more traditional ways of applying makeup like contouring, bronzing, highlighting, etc. that really make me feel and look not like myself. So that really weirds me out—to not feel like I look like myself. It's a weird balance, but I wanted to try it for the first time and see what happens.

I tried to blend out the cream bronzer with my fingers and that was a fatal mistake. In my defense, I don't have many makeup brushes! But my fingers did an adequate job...if I must say so myself. Just don't look at the bronzer too closely ;)

What I learned: maybe some rules should be followed? Like layering your face products in the correct order. But you see, I am unfamiliar with that order...and maybe bronzer doesn't go on last for a reason. I'm sure there are a lot of methods for contouring, but I think generally foundation and concealer are involved. I practically own neither. I have a skin tint and a concealer that match my skin tone—both of which are so lightweight they are extremely natural looking. That's more of my vibe anyway: natural makeup! So if there's a way to do a lightweight level of contour, let me know!

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