It’s pretty much impossible to open your computer or glance at your IG without seeing something about contouring, strobing and HACing. It would be cool if these were 80′s dance moves that remained in the domain of Madonna’s back up dancers, and not something we had to master to take our look to the next level, but alas we need to get on it…
Much gratitude to Cara of Maskcara - you might know her blog - for making the easiest palette ever, and then showing you exactly how these techniques work for your face and skin tone.
Here’s the “hard work” you have to do to master these skills: go to her site, and click How to HAC. Watch her super pretty video, find your face shape, and get on it. Her system involves dots, so literally … connect the dots, guys. The makeup is cream based, so it does the work for you - so much less blending and error than with powder based products. Use your favorite (clean) brush or try Cara’s IIID Foundation Brush. In a pinch, you can definitely use your fingers.
The best thing about this palette is that it’s everything you need - concealer/foundation, undereye brightener, highlighter (great for eyelids too), blush and lip tint. You could take it on vacation, to the club, to federal prison (Orange is the New HAC?) … and you’d be good.
Other brands make this kind of thing but usually not in a lot of shade ranges - Cara probably has one that’s right for you (if not, I’m sure she’s open to suggestions!). You can customize the palette so if your skin tone changes from season to season, you can swap out, and at $42, it’s easy on the wallet.