Shady Ladies: MAC Custom Contouring Palette

MAC palette

In case you were wondering if we read the comments, well, we do (we love them), and all the not-so-way back in December 2012, we saw a certain piquing of interest over the contouring palette Emily used on Alessandra for our Holiday Party Look. The MAC Custom Contouring Palette was called out by commenter Lori Santos, who wrote: “They look like 4 MAC shades that were used by, I thought, Diane Kendal...Please reward my complete and utter dorkiness by posting the link, ladies and gentleman of ITG.” Well, Lori, you’d be EXACTLY RIGHT, and for the record, we will always reward dorkiness. (Sidenote: this type of thing really makes our day!)

So, if you want to contour like you mean business, take a refresher course with Violette’s Museum Inspired-Makeup video (below), and go pick yourself up a palette like ours. (Our/Diane Kendal's MAC blush colors: Tenderling, Buff, Prism, and Sunbasque. Pop those suckers in a palette, which you can procure online or in a MAC store.) Oh, and we recommend this brush—and by "we," we mean Diane Kendal uses it, so you know it's GOOD.

Buy the MAC 129 Powder/Blush Brush here

Let’s Talk About It! JOIN IN
  • Nomadic D.

    MAC just makes the absolute best neutral blush shades, don't they? Shades that you look at in the pan and go, what? that's not going on my cheeks! but that end up being amazing on. My go-to shades for contouring are Harmony and Strada (which I actually think is discontinued, oh the horror!)

  • Caroline

    Could you tell me who makes the white lace dress that she is wearing?

  • Lori Santos

    I SWEAR I was downstairs feeding the cat and had this thought/intuitive hit "I need to go ITG and look up that contour palette". I mean I REALLY did have that thought! So, imagine my surprise when I get to ITG and find THIS post! I might be just a little too obsessed with INTO THE GLOSS, but I could have worse obsessions, no? Thank you for rewarding my dorkiness. Apparently dorkiness has it's rewards!

    • erin

      ha ha!

  • Vera

    Thank you for putting captions on the bottom for us internet-surfing office workers :)

  • erin

    fabulous! great colour choices and technique, ITG! x

  • Sindhu R.

    Ah, I think about this video all the time. The trick to apply eyeliners between lashes is my secret weapon.

  • Kat

    Do anyone have suggestions for contour colours for very, very pale, cool toned skin? Meaning nothing warm in tone, and nothing yellow-y - I'm completely stumped! ITG is really a major purveyor of cheekbone-envy, these days, making the right colour seem so necessary... :)

    • fairytalesandcoffee

      I know chanel's notorious sculpting veil has made blogger rounds as a gray-based contour color for pale? That may be kind of out there though. How about one of those pale or mid-toned, matte taupe eyeshadow shades from MakeupForever? Very finely milled and blendable. Those suckers can easily do double duty. Beige 76? Matte Flesh Pink 157?

      • Kattttt

        Very helpful, both! I looked up the shades you mentioned, and went for something of that colour family at MAC - which is a bit more accessible where I live. Copperplate eyeshadow is pretty perfect, even if the counter lady chewed me out for wanting to put grey on my face. Thank you!

    • Hannah

      Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow. It's flawless for a pale-skin contour.

  • Julia

    Thanks for this! I've been dreaming about that palette.. and must rush out and get those 4 MAC shades immediately. Contouring is so subtle, but it makes such a huge difference I find.

  • Kath

    Why four shades for one face though? We're does each go? I thought you just needed two? Now I am going to want all four... Help

    • KathS

      Seriously though... Explanation please?

  • Amy

    Strata has been discontinued and it is a bit of a tragedy.

  • Guest

    Not Emily , obvs, but I do have caramel-toned skin. I have been very happy with the contouring kits from Sleek in medium or dark (depending on the time of year) and their Makeup

    Glo Face and Body Highlighter. You can find them on amazon and they are all reasonably priced. HTH!