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HAC yourself Flawless!

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I cannot tell you how much I love this technique!

Highlighting and Contouring (AKA HAC-ing) is the most miraculous thing about makeup.
This is the magic that makes celebrity skin and face look flawless.

 

With no plastic surgery her nose looks MUCH smaller, her face looks more chiseled and her cheekbones look much higher.

 

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Now, she is obviously A LOT tanner but aside from that, notice her nose, cheeks, and basic structure of her face…
A lot of people are afraid of it but the ONE thing that should possibly scare you about HAC-ing is that you will get addicted!

In this before and after below the only difference is HAC

Notice how much straighter my nose looks? I never realized how crooked it is!
You guys are going to love it.

You don’t HAVE to HAC every day….Just promise me you’ll try it at least once!

I used:
theBalm Bahama Mama Bronzer
Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Fresh Pink
Clinique Even Better Concealer
Smashbox Artificial Light Luminizing in Diffuse

I tried to find a brush set that would be as similar as possible:
SEPHORA COLLECTION Rose Gold Mineral Brush Set

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412 Comments

  • Reply
    Lisa
    November 10, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    WOW! I had to do a triple take on the before pic of Jennifer Lopez! Such a huge difference in all of them! I’ve been HACing since I first watched you do it on one of your videos about a month ago….and I’m already addicted to it! Lol! Thanks Cara! 😉 but seriously, I’m so glad I learned how to do it, the right way. Love your blog and all the awesome inspiration!

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      pat
      April 27, 2013 at 11:36 am

      Where is her blog?

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    Lilly
    November 10, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    First off let me just say I love your blog, I found you on pinterest early this year and have been following ever since. I can’t wait to try this technique, I noticed you already had eye make up on. Should I be putting on my eye make up before my foundation or before HACing? I usually do my eyes last but it make sense to do it before so you can clean up any mistakes. Also, thanks for the tip on the lip liner, I returned mine because it looked awful, but now that you explained it in this video I have to go back and buy it 🙂 I looked like a gangster with my dark lip liner….lol

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      Cara
      November 11, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      hank you so much! glad you weren’t rocking the gangsta look for too long:) In answer to your Q, I do my HACing last, because it cleans everything up and finishes it and truthfully because it is my favorite part so I like to save it to the end:)

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        Chelsi
        December 20, 2012 at 11:49 am

        Hi Cara! You are stunning! Loved coming across this blog…I’ve already signed up and am eager to learn more! Can you tell me again what lip liner you referred to in your HAC video?! Please and Thanks! x

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          Angie
          February 5, 2013 at 5:14 pm

          You are gorgeous! Amazing video & I cannot wait to try. Thank you! I too wanted to know what lip liner you used in the video. Thanks 😉

          • Betty
            April 25, 2013 at 6:01 am

            i have come in late and would love to see your contour make-up video. Please tell me where i can find it xxx

      • Reply
        Noa
        May 11, 2013 at 12:37 pm

        I absolutely love your blog, it is fantastic! I would really like to try the HAC but I have lots of freckles on my nose and cheeks and I don’t want to cover those totally up with a concealer. Could you recommend me a concealer that would serve the same purpose for HAC but still lets my freckles show? Thank you so much!

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        Hannah
        December 4, 2013 at 3:01 pm

        Hi Cara, I love your blog!
        But I have a question about the concealer that you put directly under your eyes…I’m only 20 but (my whole life) I’ve had some small lines under my eyes, and every time I put concealer on directly under my eyes, it seems to get kind of caked up in the lines, and makes them stand out more. is there anything I can do to make this better, while still following your tutorial for HAC-ing?

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    Carrie
    November 10, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Your blogs and tips are AMAZING!! I think I originally found you on pinterest and am hooked on all of your posts and videos. Thank you so much!

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 11, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      Thanks so much Carrie! I am glad you like it:)

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    Megan
    November 10, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you for this!!! Been waiting for this to be uploaded 🙂 So self-conscious about my nose and absolutely need to perfect this before I get into debt from a rhinoplasty! You’re gorgeous and I love you!

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      Cara
      November 11, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      haha YES! HAC: Saving the world, one no longer needed nose job at a time:) I am sure you have nothing to worry about, like I said in the vid…most of us hate our noses…most likely most of that most are wrong:)

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    melissa
    November 11, 2012 at 1:06 am

    I NEED a tutorial for this eyemakeup!!! this is EXACTLY what i have pictured for my wedding!!! its slightly smokey but still natural with a bit of sultry… LOVE IT!!!!!
    and this video came at perfect timing! i just got a highlighter! 🙂

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      Cara
      November 11, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      haha you are just like me then! This is the eye makeup I wore to my wedding, don’t worry I made a vid for it as well but I felt it was better to separate out the vids so you could pick and choose a little more:) It will be up soon babe!

      • Reply
        Nicole
        December 10, 2012 at 12:57 am

        I LOVE this tutorial! Thank you for posting it. I am wondering about your eye makeup as well. I can’t wait to see the video. You are gorgeous!

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    lindsey
    November 11, 2012 at 4:37 am

    Thank you! this is incredible. and i totally agree with melissa above…in this video you have the perfect day-appropriate smokey eye. i have to see how it’s done.

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 11, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks Lindsey, I’ll put up a vid for it soon!

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    Elizabeth
    November 11, 2012 at 6:23 am

    This is awesome! I’ve been searching for a great contouring video and this one was AMAZING! Thank you!

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 11, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      Thanks Elizabeth!

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    Joy Tischer
    November 11, 2012 at 6:38 am

    You are really great!! I’ve been waiting for this. I’m going to try it today 🙂 I really LOVE your blog. You are so incredibly pretty and such an inspiration :))

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 12, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Thank you so much Joy! Let me know how it turns out!

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    Liz
    November 11, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Thank you for sharing! This video is amazing!

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 12, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      THanks Liz, so glad you liked it!

  • Reply
    Olivia
    November 11, 2012 at 7:29 am

    I’ve watched a few HAC videos on youtube but yours has probably been the most helpful. Definitely giving your blog a follow!

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 11, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      Thanks Olivia!

  • Reply
    Sharron
    November 11, 2012 at 8:01 am

    Love this video Cara! Thanks!

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 11, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      THanks Sharron!

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    Katie
    November 11, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    I was just browsing through all of your post yesterday looking for a HAC video, and I was super sad that I couldn’t find one. When I saw this post, I was so excited! Thank you for this tutorial! It was exactly was I was looking for!

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 11, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      haha I know, it’s kind of crazy that it has taken this long!

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    kate
    November 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    maybe this is a dumb question…but can you do a close up of exactly how you get your bouncy blush out of the pan? it is just such a different texture i just don’t know how to work with it but i really like the color… thanks for the video it’s an amazing difference!!

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 11, 2012 at 9:02 pm

      aha yes! I don’t know why they made it such a weird texture, but it works:) Thanks kate!

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    Megan
    November 11, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Do you have any recommendations of contour colors for those of us who are extremely pale??

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 11, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Good question! I would say try a powder foundation a couple shades lighter than your current skin color. Maybelline Fit Me! Powder in Coconut

      • Reply
        Ashley
        November 14, 2012 at 9:45 pm

        I can’t wait to try this!

        But I have one question… Shouldn’t the contour be a coupe shades darker (not lighter) than your skin tone since you’re trying to make a shadow? What am I missing?

        • Reply
          Myra
          December 1, 2012 at 9:44 pm

          The contour was darker, the high lighting was the light makeup. Watch the first part again and you will see the darker part.

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        Amy
        December 6, 2012 at 8:01 pm

        I just barely came across this video on pinterest and worried that the bahama mama would be WAY too dark for my very pale Swedish skin. So I went to the comments and found Megans asking about the contour color for pale people but I am confused by your reply Cara for choosing something LIGHTER than your skin color….The contour is suppose to be the darker shadow color right? I just went to the store and bought some powder that is a few shades darker than my skin color and then picked a highlight a shade or two lighter than my skin tone. Hopefully it works out! I just hope I didn’t misunderstand the video – now that I see this comment, I’m concerned.

        • Reply
          Bethanee
          December 6, 2012 at 11:13 pm

          I have really pale skin too and was also confused about choosing something lighter than your skin color…help! I really want to make HACing work with my pale skin! Haha

        • Reply
          Becka
          December 6, 2012 at 11:24 pm

          I have a strong feeling that was just a typo on Cara’s part. You use the darker shade to contour and the lighter shade to highlight.

      • Reply
        Jen
        December 12, 2012 at 11:24 pm

        I also have pale skin, but since I have red hair, some of my coloring issues are unique. Do you think the Maybelline Fit Me! Powder in Coconut is still a good option? What about for concealer for highlighting? I’ve been using the Rimmel Natural Bronzer (which you talked about in the Mommy Makeup vid) in Sun Light and the Maybelline Lumi Touch in the lightest shade and no one has said that I look clownish, but I wanted your expertise. Thanks for your time!

  • Reply
    Sydni
    November 11, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Do you have any recommendations for where to find inexpensive cosmetics? I love Sephora, but really don’t love the price tag.

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      Cara
      November 11, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      Sydni! I try to recommend the best products I can find from the drugstore, that way people don’t have to purchase things that turn out to be a bad product, since you can’t try things like you can at a department store or sephora. So in answer to your question Walgreens and Ulta have inexpensive makeup but I also recommend those products as often as I can:)

  • Reply
    Jenni
    November 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I couldn’t agree more! Scary at first, but once you HAC you never go back!

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    Ashley
    November 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Yay!!! You did it! Thank you so much Cara! This was perfect! I can’t wait to try your tips out 🙂 If my cheekbones look a fraction as good as yours do it will be a success! Love ya bye 🙂

    • Reply
      Amanda
      November 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      I just saw your video on highlighting and contouring your face, so is your face make up is on while you do this?

      • Reply
        Cara
        November 11, 2012 at 9:34 pm

        most of the time I do not wear foundation under my HAC, if my skin is feeling exceptionally uneven I will put on a BB cream or a tinted moisture first. In this vid I had BB cream on first (too face brand)

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          Carissa
          November 12, 2012 at 7:31 am

          So, wait, you’re saying that in this video before you start HACing, your face is makeup free {other than the eyes}?

          • Cara
            November 12, 2012 at 8:30 pm

            no no, I had BB cream on, which is essentially foundation, just a little less coverage.

          • sarah
            December 19, 2012 at 11:00 am

            What is BB cream? Or better what type of BB cream?

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 11, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      haha thanks Ashley. Your cheekbones will look better, no doubt:)

  • Reply
    Aimee
    November 11, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    First, I LOVE you Cara!! I’ve been addicted to your HAC since I watched a makeup how to about a month ago. When I first watched it I thought “no way, that’s too much makeup.” But i tried it because you look so beautiful. And I’m soooo glad I did!! It really isn’t much makeup at all, it’s easy to do, and it makes a huge difference. I love the way it looks. So THANK YOU for teaching me.

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      Cara
      November 11, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      I am so glad you did too! Thanks so much:)

  • Reply
    Melissa
    November 11, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Thanks so much for the tutorial on HACing!! I do worry that the concealer will settle in the lines under my eyes. Can you recommend a good foundation? Also, I tried High Beam as an illuminator before and had the same issue with the lines under my eyes. Im desperate to HAC but even more desperate to reduce the lines and most especially the appearance of them.
    Hugs…and thanks!

    • Reply
      Rebecca
      November 12, 2012 at 9:22 am

      I have the same problem! Have you tried using a silicon based primer under your eye? It really helps!

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 14, 2012 at 11:05 pm

      Melissa! I totally understand your problem! the best way to combat this is to use something thinner, like a light version of the foundation you use. I recommend Bobbi Brown luminous moisture foundation, it is THE best for fine lines!

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    Megan
    November 12, 2012 at 5:22 am

    I have been a MaskCara follower for about a year now and I am ADDICTED!! I wake up every morning and check to see if you uploaded anything new! You encouraged me to dye my own roots instead of going to the salon for root touch-ups! (My hair color is very similar to yours now, and I’m a natural “ashy blonde” color too!!) I also have tried, and LOVED, many of your makeup/hair tutorials, so thank you for everything you do!! 🙂 I have been meaning to ask you for awhile now.. I absolutely LOVE your wedding ring but I also love your other, gold, ring! I love the simplicity of it! Where did you get it?

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 14, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      Thank you so so much Megan! I got the ring from my mom! She got it ages ago!

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    Katy
    November 12, 2012 at 5:56 am

    You definitely had already gotten me HAC, but this was a GREAT video. I have the opposite nose problem and wondered if you had any suggestions? My nose is VERY long and skinny. So, I almost want to make it wider and shorter? I’m not entirely clear how to do that!

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      Cara
      November 12, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      Ok, so this is the MAIN thing I forgot to talk about in the VID. so I hope people read the comment thread for this! With an already thin nose that is still (in your eyes:) too long and in some cases too prominent I recommend matching your whole nose with a light coat of the concealer. (this tends to camouflage it and send the attention elsewhere like YOUR EYES:) Then take a small dab of bahama mama (or whatever ashy bronzer you use) and the fluffy eyeshadow brush and slightly shade the tip of your nose (right in the center above your nostrils) this will make it appear shorter and shapely:)

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    Ann
    November 12, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Cara you are amazingly talented! Will you move in here and be my personal stylist? Trust me, I could use it! I still remember the ‘makeover’ you did on my way back in yw-you have always been so talented! love that you’re sharing your talents so maybe if i’m brave enough, I can try a little of this too!

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 12, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Ann! You are beautiful as you are! Thanks for the comment, I hope you are doing great! Loves

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    Aly
    November 12, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I tried this last night and it was AMAZING. I’ve been waiting for you to do this tutorial for so long! Thanks so much 🙂

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 12, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      Aly! I want to see a photo! You are such a hottie. Glad you liked it:)

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    Chelsea Hall
    November 12, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Hey! I am LOVING your HAC tutorial! I have tried this many times by myself with no success!! So thank you for showing me how to do it correctly!

    What brush are you using for applying the Clinique concealer?

    Thank you!
    Chels

    • Reply
      Courtney
      November 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm

      I’m always worried about concealer settling into my fine lines that brush would totally help. What brush is that????

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        Cara
        November 12, 2012 at 8:51 pm

        Here’s the link babe. I use the brush for the exact same reason, problem fixed! SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Precision Foundation Brush #58

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          Courtney
          November 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm

          Congrats you changed my life today! I have horrid dark circles i hope this helps! Also, I felt a little more confident with my bronzer this morning thanks to you. You’ve got a new follower in me.

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      Cara
      November 12, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      Thanks chelsea! I hope you have great success this time, but if not PLEASE let me know so we can figure out why! Here is the brush it’s not cheap but it’s a great brush and I really love it SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Precision Foundation Brush #58

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    Kristen
    November 12, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Cara! I love your site, I’ve been a big fan for a long time. Your videos and tutorials have changed my life! Swear.

    I have a super round face with really full cheeks, so contouring/highlighting are my saviors. I’ve found so many great tips from this video, thank you so much!

    I have a few quick questions for you,
    What are some good products I can find for highlighting and illuminating from stores like target? I have MAC pearl, but I’m not really sure if I’m using it right. Would you say it’s more of a highlighter or illuminator?

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 12, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      haha I know that whole highlighter/illuminator thing can get confusing! MAC pearl is definitely an Illuminator. The highlighter I like to recommend from target is the Maybelline Lumi Highlighting Concealer
      It’s AWESOME and you don’t need a brush so that’s a bonus too then just use your MAC pearl over top like in the video. Hope this helps!

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    meagan
    November 12, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Thank you so much for posting this! I am literally becoming addicted to your blog. Everything you post is so useful and you’re not afraid to admit when you go on the cheaper side with things(which for most of us is a MUST with this economy). Will you PLEASE do a hair color video for those who cant afford to go to the salon all the time??

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 12, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      I do have a root touch up video! I only dye my whole head about once or twice a YEAR, which is how I get a natural Ombre and saves me many dollars. I do my own roots and touch them up about once every 3 weeks. I can’t stand seeing my blonde regrowth showing through but I can’t imagine having to go to the salon that often! here the link http://www.maskcara.com/2012/03/recession-root-session/

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    Pegah
    November 12, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Seriously THE BEST HAC routine I have ever seen! So easy and simple to learn, I am not good with make up at all and even I could do it! The difference is subtle but powerful, I love when make up accentuates instead of covers up, thank you so much! Your blog is great 🙂

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 12, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      Thank you Pegah! I am ALL about makeup that doesn’t take away from natural beauty, so glad you agree!

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    Lindsey
    November 12, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Hi Cara, Just wondering way you use a concealer to highlight instead of an actual highlighter and what the difference if any, between the two. I’m trying to get back into taking care of myself after having a baby with some health issues, I feel so out of touch with make-up and lost as far as what colors are best for me. Thanks for your advise and expertise!

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      Cara
      November 12, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      First of all congrats on the new baby, I am sorry to hear you had health issues, hope you are feeling better! OK so the concealer has more coverage and not shimmer so it works better to actually create the dememsions we are trying to create, you then use the illuminater (traditioner highlighter) to add the glow and deweyness. If you are just getting back into it I say go with Maybelline New York Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer
      it does both jobs in one.

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    virginia @ LiveLoveDIY
    November 12, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Ahhh!!! I love this! Found you via Pinterest when ‘researching’ things for my DIY blog. SO glad I randomly found your blog! I just disappeared for an hour to try the HACing! It totally worked and even my husband agreed it looked awesome!!! 🙂

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      Cara
      November 12, 2012 at 9:09 pm

      SOOOO happy to hear you tried it! Husbands love it cause they don’t really know it’s there we just extra pretty for some odd reason:)

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    Grace
    November 12, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    first off, I know you hear this a lot but your blog is by far the best out there. I cant even remember how I found you but! Im thankful for it. I have one problem with HAC that Im not sure how to fix…I have tan skin (comes from my Spanish roots) and the contouring is fine but sometimes when i put on the highlight (lumi pen) it sometimes accentuates my undereye circles that i have reeeally bad and makes me look kinda pale in the highlight areas and occasionaly start looking kinda cakey faced…do i possibly need to switch to a non shimmer darker highlighter for under my eye area? JLo has similar color skin as i do and she doesnt look like she has undereye circles or stangely pale, she just looks perfectly HAC… so if you have any ideas to fix my under eyes and pale skin problem that would be awsome! Thanks so much!

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      Cara
      November 12, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      Thank you so much Grace. I know exactly what is going wrong here. You need a warmer and a little darker shade of highlight color. Like the Buttermilk clinique concealer I used in my video (link on post) It has enough yellow to do the highlighting job and not make you look chalky or pale, it just makes you look bright. It is also going to help with the under eye circles a great deal, yellow being the best color to combat those. When the color is too light for your skin it tends to eccentuate any and all flaws! Try it and let me know if it works! Thanks so muh

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        Martrisha
        December 18, 2012 at 5:42 pm

        You’re video is amazing! I have the same problem as Grace and similar skin tone. So you just answered my question about the concealer! I have been HACing for a couple wks from another video but nothing compared to this. Now I know how to highlight AND contour. I did have one question, Will the bronzer and blush work for tan skin tones too?

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    Nicki
    November 12, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Hi Cara! Thanks for the tutorial..any drugstore recommendations instead the balm bronzer used here?

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 14, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      Nicki! It is something I have been working on for a while now! It can be a tricky color to find but I promise I will look harder and find one asap!

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        Nicki
        November 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm

        thanks, cara! 🙂

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    Natasha
    November 12, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    amazed! I recently started contouring and everything you put in this video is so helpful so thank you!

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    kim
    November 12, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    wow you are actually the first beauty blogger to make this stuff feel doable!! and you use accessible products and explain it sooo thoroughly. thank youuuuuuuuu!

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    Ashley
    November 13, 2012 at 12:52 am

    Oh my gosh, I just tried this and I like my nose for the first time ever in my life. It wasn’t like I wanted a nose job but I have always felt like my nose didn’t stick out from my face enough… fixed! You are my favorite makeup artist and the only beauty blog I follow!

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      Cara
      November 14, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      Thank you so much ASHLEY!

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    Chris
    November 13, 2012 at 6:11 am

    All I can say is wow , I will be showing this to my teenager!
    thanks for sharing such great information.
    Chris

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    Cara
    November 13, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Just found this video and I just want to say thanks!! You’re videos are awesome and easy to understand! (Btw your name is awesome too! :D) Thanks for posting!

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 14, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      haha thanks Cara, I love how you spell your name especially, your parents must love you:)

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    Michelle
    November 13, 2012 at 8:23 am

    I actually found you on Pinterest a few months ago and I love your blog. Your tips are great and so easy to do. This video might be my favorite. I have a little bump on my nose too and this really camouflaged it! I’ve been doing this every morning now. Thanks again!! Xx

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      Lindsey
      November 13, 2012 at 9:14 am

      How do you pick what color to use. I guess that’s my biggest question. Because now that it’s getting colder my skin has changed (less tan) i’m just not sure what color is best. Any tips?

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        Cara
        November 14, 2012 at 11:15 pm

        OK pick a powder foundation that is about 2 shades darker than the one that would match your skin. The one with the least amount of warmth (orange tones)

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          Erin
          November 15, 2012 at 10:30 am

          Which type of product are you recommending those color instructions for? The bronzer?

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    ivana
    November 13, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Hey Cara,
    GREAT tutorial! I was wondering if you had any suggestions or brands for those that are a little darker and on the olive side. I’m latina so I don’t know if those shades will work on my skin color.

    thanx 🙂

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      Cara
      November 14, 2012 at 11:23 pm

      Thank you Ivana! YOu may consider using a MAC powder blush in Blunt.

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    Kathleen
    November 13, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Just like everyone else, I’m so glad I found you! I’ve always loved to play with makeup, and love learning new techniques from you 🙂 So, my problem is I don’t mind my nose from the front view, but is there anyway to make the side view look more appealing? I feel that the bottom part of my nose is big looking from the side view. I’ve started experimenting by putting the concealer where my nose meets my cheek to sort of blend that part into the background, and then putting a bit of the bronzer at the tip to shorten from that end….does that sound right? Thanks!

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      Cara
      November 14, 2012 at 11:28 pm

      Thanks Kathleen! You are right on track that is exactly what I would have said to do!

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    Tiffany
    November 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Wonderful video – found it on Pinterest! I can’t wait to try it! I just have a question (which I know is probably a dumb question), but here it goes: Does this highlighting and contouring take the place of foundation and/or powder?? I am currently using Bare Minerals powder foundation, a touch of sun bronzer, and mineral veil powder. Thanks!!

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      Cara
      November 14, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      Tiffany, not at all a dumb question! In most cases, yes, it does take the place. You get a good enough amount of coverage with the HAC you can still set it with the mineral veil though!

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    Andrea
    November 13, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Thanks for the video. I can’t wait to try it!

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    Sharon Cullen
    November 14, 2012 at 5:52 am

    I am definitely going to try this. I think the biggest problem people will have is finding the right colors to use. I have a feeling that if you use the wrong color it won’t go well 🙂

    • Reply
      Cara
      November 14, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      I completely agree, it’s part of the reason it took me sooo long to make this video, the colors can be hard to find. Luckily I found the Bahama Mama which has worked on most skin tones I have tried!

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    Meghan
    November 14, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Hi cara!

    I have extremely fair skin ( I wear nw20 in Mac in winter and nw20 in summer). Could you please recommend a bronzer to contour with, I feel like all the ones I’ve seen are too dark! Also a highlighter that you think would work for me. Thanks 🙂

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    Hannah
    November 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    LOVED the video! Any other recommendations for shadowing? The only bronzer I currently have is “warmth” from bare essentials and it felt to orange for contouring.

    Thanks again for the post!

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    Marianne
    November 14, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Great video QUESTION do you do your foundation first and set it with powder then contour or before foundation?? I’ve always wondered this and if your suppose to set this with a press powder

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    Jenafer
    November 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I think I’ve watched most of your video’s and have tried HACing (that sounds like something gross haha) with bronzer and the Maybelline Dream Lumi with techniques I have put together from your other videos and I liked it but felt I was still missing something. This video puts everything into perspective! 🙂 I think I need to find that perfect bronzer for me, I will definitely keep looking. Thanks so much for this video!

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    Lindsay
    November 15, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Did you start with your usual face makeup on? and then HAC are the finishing steps?

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    Lindsay
    November 15, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Did you start with your usual face makeup on? and then HAC are the finishing steps? Or is this the only face makeup you have on?

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    April R.
    November 15, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Do you not use foundation? What about bronzer?

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    Bailey
    November 15, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Hey Cara this is awesome! Do you recommend any other bronzers other than the one mentioned above? I am looking for something that I can get in store rather than order offline…thanks so much!

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    Stacy
    November 16, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Hi Cara!! I just want to say that I’ve been following your blog for about a year now. You’re amazing. This contouring video has given me more pointers. I’m excited about trying them out first thing in the morning.

    I have the Laura Mercier secret camouflage that I usually use as concealer or to highlight. Would you advise against this? I love it but it can get to be a little heavy. Although reading through the comments above, I think I am going to try not using any foundation at all (or go very light) and just HAC.

    Again thanks for all the great videos!!! You’ve changed the way I’ve done my make-up completely!

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    Leigh
    November 16, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Hi Cara,

    First and foremost, I just really love this blog. Love everything about it. I found you through Lu Hale (I think you’re cousins?) Anyhoo, I have a question regarding a brush you were using with your highlighter in this post – quite a larger brush. Is it the Sephora brand? The one you have a link for? Using highlighter has changed my life, so thank you for that.

    Keep the tips ‘comin!

    xo’s

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    Mollie
    November 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Hi Cara! Loved the video! I’m getting married in a week and doing my own makeup so this video (when i found it on pinterest) seemed super fantastic. I’ll give a try this weekend using a few of the things I think I need because I don’t think I can go off of your colors – I have an olive skin tone. I’m assuming it might just be trial and error? Also, with the skin tone I have, I have a few scars from acne so I’m wondering if I need to do a little BB Cream first or even regular foundation to make sure I get the coverage I need..

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    jade
    November 16, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    So I saw your picture up top and I got excited about HAC so I showed my husband the picture, and he said, “you mean makeup can change eye color?”

    We had a big laugh about that!

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      Jennie
      March 27, 2013 at 10:18 am

      I noticed that right away too!! She looks like she has green eyes in the first picture and blue eyes in the second! I think she wears contacts though (seems like she wore them in her other video to explain how to do eye makeup to accentuate certain color eyes)

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    Andrea
    November 16, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Thank-You for this!! What a difference. I only had some of the things to try with, and my bronzer was not great, but wow! Already what a difference!!! I no longer look so pale, I make Casper the ghost jealous. Looking forward to finding a better bronzer and trying it again. Thanks so much

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    Michelle
    November 16, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    I love your site! At 43, I might just get this make-up thing down yet:-) It looks like Smashbox no longer sells the color “diffuse”. They have flash and glow. Which one is closest to diffuse? Thanks! XO

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      Brooke
      November 29, 2012 at 9:39 am

      I was wondering the same thing after checking the Ulta and Sephora sites, but I just checked the Smashbox site, and they still have Artificial Light in Diffuse. Happy HACing! 🙂

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    wendy
    November 17, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Can the bronzer be used on fair skintones?

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    Kelly
    November 17, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Cara,

    Thank you! I picked up some, ok ALL, of your suggested products and WOW! Several people have said I look like I have lost weight or look tan. I am SO pale so to hear I look tan is very rare. I am just so excited how easy it is and how great it looks.

    I am a huge fan of your blog. I have also been using Wen for my long brown hair and trying to air dry when possible. Thanks to you I am uncovering my inner super model and loving it!

    Cheers to you!
    Kelly

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    jamie
    November 17, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    I can’t view the video and reaaaalllly want too 🙂 I love trying new make up toss and by the pictures I’m sure I’ll love this tip….any idea how I can view it?

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    Bethanee
    November 18, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Hi Cara! Oh my gosh I’m in love with your blog!! Came upon in it last night and was browsing for I think over a hour! Lol. I am so stoked to try HACing! One thing though, I have very fair, freckled skin, and pretty much the lightest shade available when it comes to foundation…would you happen to know a contouring bronzer off hand for fair skin that you would recommend?? Or does the Bahama Mama bronzer work pretty well for everyone? Thanks! =)

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    Ana Barancek
    November 18, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Just wanted to say a huge thank you for this vid. YOur tips are amazing and so easy to follow. Im a new mum and slowly have a few odd minutes to spare each day. watching your tutorials is great and inspires me to put a bit of make up on to make myself feel better & have some me time, which in turn makes me a happier mum 🙂 thank you again, you’re an inspiration and such a beautiful soul

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    Isela
    November 18, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Just seen your vdieo canT wait to do my make up:D

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    Dominique G
    November 19, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Hi Cara,
    Love the video! My skin tone is pretty close to yours. What shade of Clinique Even better concealer do you use? I would like to order some.
    Thank you!

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    Candy Reynolds
    November 19, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I actually think you look better in the first one. You are naturally gorgeous and that is way too much make-up! I feel like you look older in the after shot…

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    DanaSQ
    November 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Great video! I’ve been HAC for a while now but love seeing how other people do theirs – I never would have thought of the contouring under the apples when you smile – definitely need to try that! Plus, your contour brush for the nose is SUCH a good idea. Thanks so much for sharing all these fantastic tips!!!

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    Laurel
    November 19, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Thank you so much for this website! I’ve graduated from novice to passable for wearing makeup 😀

    I have a round face, small inset eyes and chubby cheeks, so sometimes my blush looks silly on the apples of my cheeks…maybe this will help!

    You quickly mentioned that you’re making your own highlighter…hope this recipe can be posted soon!

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    Sarah
    November 20, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Thanks for making such a wonderful video explaining highlighting and contouring. I have very fair skin, so I don’t know what shade of bronzer to use with looking strange. Any suggestions?

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    Tara
    November 21, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Hi! I found this on pinterest and cannnnnot stop watching. I have a super round (asian) face, so I am excited to try. Now with HAC, do you wear foudation? Do you already have it on? Do you not have it on at all? Pleaseee let me know! Love it!

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    Allison
    November 21, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Hi Cara! I love your tips and your message! This video is super helpful. For my nose though, I have a really thin, but really looong nose. Is there a way to make my nose look smaller/shorter as opposed to smaller/thinner?

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    Emily
    November 21, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Wow- I am so glad I discovered you, and this post! I want to try this. I have a couple questions though…
    1) so you use the concealer after you already have put your powder and everything on? did you already put concealer under your eye to begin with? I assume you already put on foundation and powder?
    2) how do we know what color concealer to get to make sure it’s right for highlighting?
    3) what kind of brush did you use for the concealer part – and since you are putting liquidish stuff on it, how do you keep it from getting all gunked up?

    THANK YOU!!!

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      Megan
      November 27, 2012 at 8:55 am

      I’m wondering the same things. Looking forward to ordering once I get all the details!

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    Jillian
    November 22, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I’d just like to start by saying I never comment on videos, but I loved this tutorial so much I had to say something!!! Seriously amazing!!! I’ve been wanting to learn how to highlight and contour for awhile and you made it so easy and understandable. I found the link to this video on Pinterest, but now that I’ve discovered you I’m sure I’ll be stalking the rest of your blog. Great job!

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    Leslie
    November 22, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I just have to say, I found your HAC tutorial on Pinterest, and finally got enough courage and faith to give this a try. I have never put on makeup that way, and sad I didn’t start sooner!I’ve always been minimalist with makeup, mostly because I didn’t have enough faith I could do much else! I always think I look weird when I try something new. I thought Thanksgiving would be a great opportunity to have a flawless look at dinner and in photos, and I can’t wait to see how they turn out. Your tutorial was SO easy to learn from, and I look forward to trying other tips and tricks from you in the future! A million THANKS!

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    Chelsea P
    November 24, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Love the video! What is the name/color of the lip liner you used?

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    Amy
    November 24, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Cara, whats the next best bronzer after bahama mama? I have the NARS orgasam bronzer, is that good?

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      Amy
      November 25, 2012 at 1:33 am

      Sorry not orgasam. I have laguna?

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    Abi
    November 26, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I have a very small budget. Are these products the least expensive, or are all the others just really bad quality?
    Plus, I can’t find the Bahama bronzer anywhere! Where did you get it?

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    Ida Rice
    November 26, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Cara,

    Your video was so easy to follow, Thank you so much for sharing with us. I will definitely be a fan of your blog!

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    Chrissy
    November 27, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    Love your blog!! I would like to try the hac method my concerns are that i have fair Med/fair skin what colors would you recommened?

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    Natasha
    November 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Hello! I absolutely love your blog, your tutorials are amazing! Thank you for saying what products AND what brushes you use!

    In a previous comment you mentioned not having found a drug store bronzer that can be used instead of the Bahama Mama bronzer. Have you found one yet?

    Thank you!

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    Kelly
    November 29, 2012 at 9:06 am

    SOOOO happy with the video. For a while I was trying to learn how to do this. Everytime I wear makeup and took a photo always looked that I wasn’t wearing any. The area below the eyes and near the nose always looked very dark. I hope to choose the right colors!!!
    Many Thanks!!!!

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    Janna
    November 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Hi Cara-
    Wow! Your tutorials are amazing! I basically know nothing about makeup-all I ever wear is a base makeup and mascara. So I have a few questions for you.
    1-First off how can I tell if a makeup is decent without spending a ton of money? I am a poor college student and don’t have a lot to spare.
    2-I am starting from scratch so I have nothing. what are the most important things? What should I start with and then what should I work on adding?
    3-How do I buy the right colors when I really have no idea what colors are right for my skin tone without wasting money on the wrong colors?
    I know I have a lot of questions and I hope you will have time to answer them! I love your blog and hope to learn a lot more from you 🙂
    Thanks a ton!

    Janna

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    Shea
    November 29, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Brilliant! I have always struggled with makeup application and you made this so easy to follow. Thanks for the great post.

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    Lindsay
    November 30, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I’ve been trying to contour since I found another make up tutorial of yours months ago, but now I know why I always look dirty! Thanks so much for explaining it. I think I’m going to buy the color you suggested. I have one question though: which brush are you using to highlight? Is it just a regular liquid foundation brush, because it looks almost pointy in the video.

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    Amanda
    December 1, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Wow, this is amazing, exactly what I have been looking for. Thanks for the tutorial!! you look great sugar.

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    Elle
    December 2, 2012 at 3:35 am

    You have given me confidence to do makeup. 🙂 can’t thank you enough.this was life changing.

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      Cara
      December 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      Wow Elle! That totally makes my day! I am so happy you are feeling confident now!

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        elle
        December 8, 2012 at 9:13 pm

        Took my lovely little iPad with to Target and bought everything you have on your list for this video & a couple of others. Went home and practiced. I’m getting there. 🙂 You’re one gorgeous, creative and just plain nice person, dear Cara.

        wish you the best,

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    Monica
    December 4, 2012 at 6:03 am

    When does foundation and/or powder go on?

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    Kelley
    December 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    What kind of brush did you use for the clinique buttermilk concealer that you put under your eye? Also, is that a lip liner you used around your lips, if so what color? and on the Illuminator I followed the link you put up but there are like 3 different kinds. Which is the best color to get? Sorry for all the questions. Hope to hear from you soon. Awesome video!!!

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    Alex
    December 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Okay I LOVE THIS!!! yay thank you so much for the vid – HOWEVER – under your eyes it looks so light and white, and I want to look tan under my eyes (because one time when i was trying to conture like this one guy told me it looked like i had a goggle tan {EVEN THO everything was blended SUPER WELL and there were NO lines at al!}) So what is a solution to still looking tan under my eyes so it doesnt look like I have a goggle tan line? The only bronzer you use is for conturing under the blush??! I want there to be more tan parts, can you let me know how or do a video that shows a tanner face with more bronzer and also conturing at the same time?! THANKS so much I love you blog!!!

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      Cara
      December 5, 2012 at 8:45 am

      Alex! haha I know what you mean about the goggle line, although with the way I apply it in all the way down the side of my nose it never looks like goggles to me:) I would say use a darker highlight color (concealer) I do it really light in this vid but your concealer can be more of a tan color as long as you have a contrast between it and the contour it will still have the same effect.

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    Tayler
    December 5, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Love the video!! Any recommendations on how to get this look to last all day?

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    Becka
    December 5, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    This is a great tutorial! Is there any chance you could do a pictorial for this? Sometimes I don’t have time to watch a video, and just want to read directions and see pictures. Thanks! 🙂

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      Becka
      December 5, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      Also, is there any bronzer you would recommend for contouring that is available at Ulta or Sephora? Neither of them seem to carry the Bahama Mama.

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    cole
    December 5, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Some great tips here. I honestly have no problems with my nose, but I love the advice for cheeks and making your face seems thinner.

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    Carolyn
    December 6, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Love this post! Thank you! I have a question about the concealer/highlighter. Are u applying this on top of your foundation and powder? And if so, do u powder over it again?

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    Jenna
    December 6, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Thanks for the tips! I’m gonna try this tonight before going out! Where can I get the Bahama Mama Bronzer? I would rather get it in stores than buy online. Thanks! :))

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    Melinda Ruesch
    December 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    where can you buy thebalm bahama mama bronzer? do they sell it at sephora?

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    Chelsea Hartsell
    December 6, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I have light blonde hair and am kind of pale (not red-head pale but not to far off)…would I use the same colors?

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    Kimberly C
    December 7, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I did this today and LOVED it! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Ashley
    December 7, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Such a great video! It all makes perfect sense. I paint and the HACing is very much the same thing you do when creating shadows and highlights when painting something. I just don’t know why it never clicked with me to do that with makeup!!!! I have the same question as Carolyn just a few posts above. Do you go back and set with powder (lightly?) in some of the highlighted areas? It just seems that the yellowness of the concealer/highlight may need to blend in with the skin tone a bit more…or maybe I just need to blend it more?? Thanks again for this video!!!

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      Becka
      December 8, 2012 at 12:27 am

      If your skin doesn’t have golden undertones, the only time you should use a yellow-toned concealer is to counteract blue or purple toned blemishes (dark circles, dark spots, etc.) try going with a more neutral or cool toned concealer/highlighter. I know a couple of the drugstore makeup brands have their face makeup separated into sections based on undertones. Try checking out those concealers or a foundation a couple shades lighter than what you would normally use. Hope that helps!

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        Ashley
        December 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm

        Thanks Becka! I’ll just try some lighter concealer for the nose, forehead and chin areas instead of the more yellowy around my dark circles. I supposed it just takes practice to find out exactly what works best 🙂

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    Aimee Hasse
    December 7, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    So I love all these ideas, and I’ve been dying to try HAC, but I am a redhead with pale skin and freckles. I want to be able to keep the natural look and not lose the freckles in the midst of tons of makeup, and I need some suggestions for colors as far as contouring goes. let me know? 🙂

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    Morgan B
    December 8, 2012 at 10:27 am

    If i like to use an all over powder, my skin tone is pretty uneven, do i use it before or after HACing?

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    Amy
    December 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Hi! This is fantastic! I have a rather large nose, and chubby cheeks, so I am going to give this a shot.

    One question, though – do you use a finishing powder after everything is on? I have ruddy cheeks and a tendency for oily skin. I like Makeup Forever’s HD powder to keep things in place and blend it all out, along with oil control. Can I still use that? Thanks!

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    Becky
    December 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Thank you for posting such an easy-to-follow step-by-step! I keep coming back to this vid over and over as I try to perfect my own routine (practice makes perfect, right? 🙂 I’m fairly new to your site, but I just want you to know how much I appreciate you sharing the tips and tricks that you’ve figured out.

    As an aside, I can relate to some of the comments above re: under-eye circles. It seems that especially around the holidays, I just can’t shake them. Do you have a special routine for skin care/touchups around the eyes?

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    Lucine
    December 9, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Not sure if you have answered this question. I just found you on pinterested and I am in love with your website……

    I have always wondered about HAC but never fully understood it to try it out and from your video you make it look so easy I want to try it…

    my question is first i do my eyes then the HAC? do you put anything else on your face before you start HAC and do you put anything else after HAC?