First Time Trying Contouring with Guize Face FX

I’m pretty behind on the contouring craze, but I’ve been wanting to try it for a while. When Guize Face FX contacted me about trying out their Signature Contour Collection, I let them know I had no experience with the technique and pitched the angle of showing how easy it is for a first-time user to give it a try and get good results.

Guize face fx contouring collection in moonlight sewgeekmama

I chose the Moonlight Powder Collection for lighter skin, and then got the idea to do a video for YouTube with my friend Effie, who had also never contoured. We both have toddler boys, so there’s a lot more screaming and squealing than I’d like in the video, but that’s what you get when two stay-at-home-moms get together and try to accomplish anything.

It is definitely NOT a how-to video! But it does show the product in action and how easy it is to follow the little instruction booklet and actually get good results. We both definitely learned something from our little experiment and have incorporated a little more contouring into our make-up routine. I’ve actually started using the moonlight palette as a quick all over the face boost, especially around my eyes, because it goes on so smoothly and doesn’t settle into creases.

So I hope you enjoy our slightly goofy, non-instructional, contouring experiment video:

My Busy Mom Make-up Routine

Since I’ve become a perpetually tired frazzled mom, my morning makeup routine usually consists of wiping my face with a cold rag and slapping on some moisturizer. It’s the kind of look that needs a good Snapchat filter to make it presentable. But since I’ve started doing beauty product reviews, I’ve had a reason to put in a little extra effort while testing out products, and I really enjoy it. Looking better makes me feel better. I smile more. I say hi to people. I leave the house.

So since putting a little effort into my appearance actually improves my life, but it’s still a very busy life, I’ve managed to whittle it down to a routine that takes less than 10 minutes. I use primer, cover-up, mascara, brow pencil, lip gloss and powder.

Before and After make-up

Here’s what I do:

1. I start with the BECCA Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer primer because it does half the becca under eye primerjob for me in one little swipe. I got this as a free sample and now I’m hooked. Sometimes if I’m really in a hurry, I just slap this on under my eyes and go. At $32, it’s a little pricier than my usual make-up, but it makes me look better in five seconds so it’s worth it.

2. I use a super tiny bit of medium coverage make-up under my eyes, on my eye lids and over any spots on my face. I have a scar and some hyper pigmentation from the sun I like to cover.

3. I do a quick little brow fill in with a pencil because mine are skinny and light. You can totally skip this if you already have good brows.

4. Mascara! I feel like mascara really makes a big difference and makes me look more awake. Right now I’m using MAC Zoom Lash in black, but I just checked an it seems they are doing away with this so it’s time for me to find a new mascara.

5. I’m really shiny so I like to put a little BECCA Setting Powder on my shiny spots. Any kind of anti-shine powder will work.

6. Swipe on some tinted gloss and I’m ready to go!

Full disclosure- I brushed my hair too.

I’ve actually kept up with it the past few weeks. I can’t say I do it every single day, but at least 5 our of 7 days now I don’t look like a hot mess. If I’m in a super hurry, I have a two-minute routine that just consists of the primer, mascara and a little dusting of powder.

And then if I have a good two hours and a lot more products, I can do this:

Candy Keane pin-up Marilyn Monroe

*I dressed up the other night to volunteer at a cancer benefit with a Rockabilly Prom theme, so I decided to go all Marilyn for the evening.