Finding a budget friendly product for a specific trend can be difficult. And when it comes to base products, I always struggle to find the right kind of product for my skin tone so the high street is never normally my go-to but this time it's oh so different.
I swear by the Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Contouring Powder*, £52 but at that price I just can't justify recommending it all of the time. The colour is perfect for my fair and pale skin tone and up until now I hadn't found anything that met up to it and made me veer away from it at all. I've heard a lot about the incredible contour sticks out there and the Smashbox Step By Step Contour Stick Trio but as I wasn't quite sure about how the shades would work with my skin colour, I never quite bit the bullet and picked it up as it always looked a little too warm for me. The ease of a contour stick still appealed and then the Maybelline Master Contour V Contour & Highlight Stick*, £6.99 arrived on my doorstep and I fell a little bit in love. This duo, multi-use product features both a contour and highlight stick in one within the same stick. You draw on your matte contour and matte highlight and blend. It's creamy and the finish looks flawless. For me, a highlight shade like that, would never actually be fair enough for my skin tone but it is! It comes in two shades, Light and Medium and for £6.99 you really can't go wrong. If you don't however like the idea of having both of the products in one, then I'd recommend giving the AmazingCosmetics Perfection Stick, £17.99* a go in a few shades darker than you'd usually go. This is a little more expensive, and a little less budget but the small nib and creamy product make it worthwhile.
If strobing is more your thing and you really are looking to not spend much, then the Barry M Illuminating Strobe Cream Sticks*, £4.49 are a must try. These come in two shades, Frosty Pink and Iced Bronze and I'd recommend picking them both up if you can. They are a perfect creamy shimmer that highlight the high points of your face that would naturally catch the light and give a gorgeous dewy glow. The stick form makes application incredibly easy and I'd recommend blending the product in with your fingers. If you want it to last a little longer and want an a bit more of a glow, then I'd recommend setting the cream product into place with a subtle powder highlighter. This gives the look another dimension and your highlight will look incredible when the light catches it.
What are your budget contour and strobing favourites?