Multipurpose Palette Tutorial

One of the best makeup hacks for getting ready fast is finding a product that you can use in more ways than one. Whether it be a magnetic palette that you created with your favorite products or an actual palette that has great quality, it can save you so much time! At this point, I’m sure we all have a highlight/contour palette in our collection, and some even include blushes too. Those are exactly the items you need to reach for when you just have a few minutes to get presentable because everything is right there at your fingertips.  

For this tutorial, I’ll be using the IBY Beauty Highlight & Contour palette. It’s only $25 and comes with three highlighting shades and three contour shades. I wish it had some blushes and a darker brown that could double as eyeliner, but otherwise it’s an amazing palette that can get me out the door in 20 minutes.

The first way I use this palette is for eyeshadow. Highlight shades like this are perfect for a natural makeup look and they typically last longer throughout the day because they’re face products. I’m using the third highlighter in the palette all over my eyelid and underneath my lower lashes. This color is almost identical to my skin tone and since it’s completely matte, you can’t even tell it’s there.
Also for the eyes, I use the first highlighting shade underneath my brow bone and also on the inner corner. This is the brightest of the highlighters in this palette and has just the slightest amount of shimmer to it, which is why those are the only two areas I will use this shade. It contrasts with the other color just enough, but it still almost undetectable.
If this palette had a darker brown, I would then go into that as a defining shade along my lower lash line. You can learn more about that trick here. But since it doesn’t, I reached for something else and continued on with the face. I combined the first and second contour shades to bronze with. I used a big fluffier brush to blend it in and didn’t focus so much on actually contouring my face as I did just getting some darker shades on there to add some warmth back to the skin.
After adding some blush, I went in with the second highlight shade to finish everything off. I specifically focused this color in a triangle shape underneath my eyes. I had already concealed my dark circles and set it with a loose powder, so then I just finished it off by adding that highlighting shade to brighten up the face even more.
Other notable products on my face came from last month’s Boxycharm and I wanted to feature them in this tutorial so you could see what those products looked like in action. I used the RealHer blush palette (shade Limitless) on my cheeks with the Crown brush Deluxe Blush brush. I finished the eyes with the Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint mascara and used the Pretty Vulgar My Lips Are Sealed Liquid Lipstick (shade Pretty Sophisticated) on my lips. I paired this look with my glasses and a beanie to continue to the whole laid-back, effortless feel.

Honestly, this is exactly what I’ve been doing lately. I’ve been so busy and have loved keeping a more minimal, fresh makeup look. And if you read my Black Friday/Cyber Monday Haul post, then you’d know how much I’ve been enjoying beanies this Winter. Anytime I can get away with not doing my hair is always a win!

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