Contouring – only ONE product required!

Illamasqua contouring gel stick review

Contouring is a technique of shading and sculpting the face in order to bring out its shape. It’s getting more popular now, mostly because of the influence of Instagram, but it’s definitely nothing new. And the beautiful thing is a little bit can make quite a subtle, but noticeable difference. Have you tried it already?

If not, I have a short review/tutorial for you if you’d like to start, but don’t know where exactly.


Product review

The product I’m going to show you today is the Gel Sculpt by Illamasqua in shade Silhouette. 

As its name suggest it’s a gel formula in handy stick format. Packaging is solid and sturdy. You are getting a little white cap under the big, actual cap of the tube, which I suggest to keep and use to prevent the product from drying out.

It has the most beautiful smell I’ve ever smelled! Even if you are sensitive to smells I don’t think it’s going to bother you because it’s soft and… well, beautiful! It reminds me of fruits or sweet flowers? It doesn’t stay on the skin for long, though.

The contouring stick has a gel formula, very, very light, non-greasy. Extremely easy to blend out and to blend into the skin. It doesn’t feel heavy and it’s undetectable to the eye. It sets really quickly so you don’t have a lot of time for spreading in around your face, I recommend doing one part at the time. Once it sets that’s it, you won’t move it anywhere.

I know many of you might be frightened by its shade, but the product isn’t opaque. It’s half-transparent and it creates the most beautiful shade on your face. Although, I think it goes more into warm tones, so if you’re too pale for MAC foundations, it may look orange on you. But if you’ll be careful with the application you could still use it as an all-over bronzer.

Illamasqua gel stick review

Above Illamasqua Gel Sculpt in the shade Silhouette.


Illamasqua gel stick review

The shade of it the tube is frightening, indeed, but you are able to blend it into nothing, as you can see in the second photo above.


Available in two more blush shades, which are Charm (bright orange) and Fluster (soft fuchsia) on Illamasqua’s website here.

How to use it?

Use it right after applying your foundation, before powdering your face. I like to apply it with my hands, but you could use any dense, synthetic brush. I place the product on the base of my thumb (see the picture below) and then stamp it on my face. This way I can feel the hollow below my cheek bone and I can place my contouring in the right place of my face. I bounce a couple of times to blend it evenly. Simplicity!

Face with foundation on for reference. Or before, as some like to describe it.


Illamasqua Gel Stick in Silhouette applied with hands right below the cheek bone.


Overall, I think this product is brilliant. Very easy to work with, so I’m sure every beginner should be fine using it. I love the texture of it (hello, oily skin) and the fact that you can really work it into the skin until it’s undetectable. It creates soft, slightly buildable cloud of colour, slightly darker than your skin tone. Girls with very pale complexions should be careful, as it may look orange on them, but any other, from light to dark, should be happy about the effect.

Thank you for staying with me until the end. I hope you like it! If so, don’t forget to leave a mark before you leave. I encourage you to keep on reading! I have a brilliant post about eyeliner technique and one showing you how to contour/correct your eye shape.

Have a nice day!






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10 Discussion to this post

  1. Sophia says:

    Oh wow the shade of the tube is terrifying! But it look so much nicer on the skin. I’m a big fan of using as few products as possible so an all in one contour sounds good to me!

    Sophia x

  2. Andrea Broom says:

    This is cool, I am not a huge contour person myself, not big on makeup but I have to admit this is pretty cool that it is all in one. Your skin looks awesome before and with the product. Love your hair cut BTW

  3. Safa Fatima says:

    Love your step by step guide!
    And by clicking on the illamasqua link I found that they ship to Pakistan, yay!!
    Thanks. 🙂

  4. Jenn Worrell says:

    I love the beauty tutorials I get here! I’m pretty clueless when it comes to make-up, but you explain it so well!

  5. Hayley says:

    I love, love, love makeup but for some reason, I can never be bothered experimenting! Contouring is my next mission

  6. Danielle says:

    This product sounds great! I have yet to try a cream or gel contour yet because I am scared it will be too harsh on me but this looks like it is pretty light!

    -Danielle Ruppert //

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