3-Steps: Everyday Highlights and Contouring

19 February

As someone who has fair skin and prefers a simple makeup routine, the thought of contouring and highlighting always seemed like one too many steps for me (and something I would surely mess up). It wasn’t until more recently, after my girlfriend went on raving about the powers of contouring, and Clinique introduced me to their new Chubby sticks, that I agreed to give this defining trick a try.

I wanted to create a more natural look–nothing too dramatic or heavy–but simply defining my best angles. I was pleasantly pleased with the outcome, and seeing that I received quite a few makeup-related compliments on this particular day I’d definitely say I’m sold on the powers of contouring / highlights and thought I’d share!


Step I | Highlight the areas light hits naturally using Clinique’s Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight. I chose to highlight my cheekbones, nose, and cupid’s bow (top of the lip)


Step 2 | Next draw brown lines all over on your face (not really but it is kind of fun) with Clinque’s Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour. I didn’t get too carried away with the contour stick but you certainly could. I added contour underneath my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose. You may also want to do the jawline and chin. And be sure to blend in well!


Step 3 | After blending steps 1 & 2 completely, finish the look with a swipe of glowy blush on the apples of your cheeks using Clinique’s Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palette.


Packing for New York | Clinique’s new sticks took away all previous intimidation factors for me. They’re so easy to use and perfect for on the go touch-ups. They came with me to New York this week–along with my daily stack of gold jewels and these killer boots which now I’m afraid to wear out in the snow. Not sure what I was thinking there!


Wearing | A.O.T.C. Top.  Citizens of Humanity Jeans.  Isabel Marant Boots.  Chloe Purse.  Anthropologie x BaubleBar Earrings.

I have to note this cropped sweater / top from A.O.T.C. (“ahead of the Curve” – Curve boutique’s line). I’m obsessed with cropped silhouettes at the moment paired with high-waisted denim (you know these are my fave, I have them in almost every wash).


Photography by Ashley Maxwell

  • I’ve thought the same thing about contouring. . . so much work. Thanks for sharing this product!

    Shae at http://www.currenthabits.com

  • You look amazing! I will have to give Clinique a try. What mascara are you wearing?

  • You look amazing!


  • You look so beautiful as always! Thanks for the beauty tips. I’m also obsessed with your choice of jewelry in this post… Jewelry is everything!


  • These chubby sticks look great! You look beautiful, I especially love your lipstick! What color is it?

  • Gabe

    Nice! did you blend the chubby sticks with a brush or with fingers?

    • @gabe ~ I just used my fingers (bleeding downwards) and then applied blush on top with a brush 🙂

  • Melody

    I love it!! I’m going to have to get some of those chubby sticks;) I’ll add it to my kit:P

  • I’m so scared of trying to contour without looking like I have a stack of makeup sitting on my cheeks .This looks so natural and lovely…!!

  • very pretty, def want to try that makeup xxo

  • But the real question is; do you need any of that makeup?


  • I love that chubby stick. It looks so easy to use!


  • You made contouring look so easy. If I ever dare to try myself, I will try Clinique.


  • So glad to see this work on fair skin! The “drawing brown lines all over your face” thing seems scarier for a Snow White like me than it does for your average Kardashian. Might give it a shot, thanks!



  • gina

    love this post! You have a such a natural beauty…and you are looking radiant in these pics. Love that gold clutch and your luxurious basic ensemble. Love your blog & your style even though I don’t usually comment.

    • Alicia Lund

      @disqus_m2Y5k6EVQr:disqus aw thank you SO much for your sweet note!! So happy to hear you’re enjoying my blog / style. xx

      • gina

        Alicia, it’s so nice to hear from you. I’ve been reading your blog for years and I’ve always found it so inspiring. It means a lot to get a note from you:)

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  • I have always been afraid of the whole highlighting and contouring but have been amazed at the results that others get. These sticks seem to make it look so much more doable!

  • Ellice Condon

    These photos are GoRgEoUs! Those boots!! I am always so inspired by your style & confidence – thank you! xo, Ellice

  • Mireille Jenvieve

    You have inspired me to go back to make-up! I have been putting it off after having been diagnosed with Coeliac Disease almost 18 months ago. My skin was irritated and red, but now it’s all calmed down and looking clear and soft again…I just need to get back to light makeup that enhances my features.
    Wow! I really AM getting back to myself! (I knew that was happening because I am once again checking your blog daily. Thank you for the fashion, food, home, family, and beauty inspirations!)
    To a great weekend!

    • Alicia Lund

      aw so glad you hear that!! and digging deep in past posts–love it 😉 happy to hear you found this helpful! xx

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