How to Use: Smashbox Step-by-Step Contouring Stick Trio


Learning how to contour takes quite a bit of practise and not to mention the quantity of products that you may or may not need to achieve a more structured and defined face but thankfully times have now changed, as we have this creamy stick contouring trio by Smashbox, which includes a contour shade, a bronzer and a natural shaded highlighter.

Within this post I’m going to be sharing my thoughts on this contouring trio plus I’m going to be telling (and showing) you how to use them!


How to use:

cue the most flattering photo EVER!… (not)


Contour is designed to give shape and structure to the face. Once blended, contour is suppose to appear like a gentle shadow.

I personally always like to begin with the contour crayon, then the bronze and lastly the highlight.
Starting with the contour crayon, I like to gently draw the cream product from the top of my cheekbone aiming towards the bottom of my nose. After sculpting and defining my cheekbones, I like to draw small lines around the top of my forehead, as once blended this will create an illusion of tone and a gentle shadow or tan. When contouring you want to bare in mind that it’s suppose to appear as natural as physically possible! Contouring is a trick at the end of the day, as it’s creating a shadow that normally appears from where the Sun has naturally tanned your face… So if the Sun can get it, get it contoured!! After contouring the main areas of my face I sometimes like to put a dash under my jaw line and under my chin – this isn’t completely necessary but it does help to hide a double chin or to just simply define and sculpt the face. You can also contour your nose, again this isn’t always necessary but it is an option for if you so wish. When contouring your nose, you want to draw two small, thin lines parallel to one another down the centre of your nose. If done correctly this will allow your nose to appear thinner. After doing so, you can then dab a bit of contour on the tip of your nose, this will again create a shadow once blended and just overall will help to make your nose appear thinner and smaller.

So contouring’s done… bronzer’s next!

I can’t say that I use a whole lot of bronzer actually, in fact I usually just pop a dash or splodge alongside my cheekbone contour cream. If you did want a more tanned and warm look however, placing some bronze cream alongside your contour marks will give you the desired warmth that you require.

We’ve contoured, we’re bronzed.. all that’s now left to do is get highlighting! After all, warmth and shadow illusions are great but highlighter is amazing!! Highlighter creates another great illusion, as it gives the appearance of sun light naturally hitting the skin. When placing highlight you want to focus on the areas that stick out.. as in ‘if it sticks out then Sun light is bound to see it’. These areas include; the T-Zone, the very top of the cheekbones, your cupid’s bow and under your brow arch. When using this product I also like to place a dash underneath the contour mark that I previously placed along my cheekbone, as when blending this highlighter will just clean up those edges and define that contour even more.

After all of this drawing.. all that’s literally left to do is BLEND!

cue an even more flattering photo!


I know, I know it’s all in my hair… but foundation stains and white blonde hair go hand in hand together.

As you can see the contour and bronze along my cheekbone has created a natural shadow, giving definition and structure to my face. Of course, like all make-up – you can apply as much or as little as you personally want to.


*Above photo taken from blogpost on

Overall, I have to say that I’m in love with using these creamy, contouring trio sticks – and they’ll definitely be making my September faves!! They’re well pigmented and so, SO creamy in texture and consistency. They again blend beautifully with my trusty Artis Oval 8 brush and once blended just appear so natural. I love using these each day, as they’re quick to use and just give a beautiful finish and structured appearance to my face. I honestly could not recommend these enough to anyone who wants or already likes using contouring cream!


What do you think to these contouring sticks?

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  1. Jen Edwards
    04/10/2016 / 15:21

    Do you blend with your fingers or with a brush?

    • jellybluesblog
      04/10/2016 / 15:37

      I always blend with a brush. My particular favourite is the Artis Oval 7 brush or you can use a BeautyBlender ?

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