HAC yourself Flawless!


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.



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


  • Lisa

    10.11.2012 at 21:37 Reply

    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! πŸ˜‰ but seriously, I’m so glad I learned how to do it, the right way. Love your blog and all the awesome inspiration!

    • pat

      27.04.2013 at 11:36 Reply

      Where is her blog?

  • Lilly

    10.11.2012 at 23:08 Reply

    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

    • Cara

      11.11.2012 at 20:52 Reply

      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:)

      • Chelsi

        20.12.2012 at 11:49 Reply

        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

        • Angie

          05.02.2013 at 17:14 Reply

          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 πŸ˜‰

          • Betty

            25.04.2013 at 06:01

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

      • Noa

        11.05.2013 at 12:37 Reply

        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!

      • Hannah

        04.12.2013 at 15:01 Reply

        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?

  • Carrie

    10.11.2012 at 23:24 Reply

    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!

    • Cara

      11.11.2012 at 20:52 Reply

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

  • Megan

    10.11.2012 at 23:59 Reply

    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!

    • Cara

      11.11.2012 at 20:54 Reply

      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:)

  • melissa

    11.11.2012 at 01:06 Reply

    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! :)

    • Cara

      11.11.2012 at 20:55 Reply

      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!

      • Nicole

        10.12.2012 at 00:57 Reply

        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!

  • lindsey

    11.11.2012 at 04:37 Reply

    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.

    • Cara

      11.11.2012 at 20:58 Reply

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

  • Elizabeth

    11.11.2012 at 06:23 Reply

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

    • Cara

      11.11.2012 at 20:59 Reply

      Thanks Elizabeth!

  • Joy Tischer

    11.11.2012 at 06:38 Reply

    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 :))

    • Cara

      12.11.2012 at 20:26 Reply

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

  • Liz

    11.11.2012 at 07:05 Reply

    Thank you for sharing! This video is amazing!

    • Cara

      12.11.2012 at 20:29 Reply

      THanks Liz, so glad you liked it!

  • Olivia

    11.11.2012 at 07:29 Reply

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

    • Cara

      11.11.2012 at 20:59 Reply

      Thanks Olivia!

  • Sharron

    11.11.2012 at 08:01 Reply

    Love this video Cara! Thanks!

    • Cara

      11.11.2012 at 20:59 Reply

      THanks Sharron!

  • Katie

    11.11.2012 at 13:42 Reply

    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!

    • Cara

      11.11.2012 at 21:00 Reply

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

  • kate

    11.11.2012 at 15:06 Reply

    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!!

    • Cara

      11.11.2012 at 21:02 Reply

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

  • Megan

    11.11.2012 at 15:16 Reply

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

    • Cara

      11.11.2012 at 21:23 Reply

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

      • Ashley

        14.11.2012 at 21:45 Reply

        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?

        • Myra

          01.12.2012 at 21:44 Reply

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

      • Amy

        06.12.2012 at 20:01 Reply

        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.

        • Bethanee

          06.12.2012 at 23:13 Reply

          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

        • Becka

          06.12.2012 at 23:24 Reply

          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.

      • Jen

        12.12.2012 at 23:24 Reply

        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!

  • Sydni

    11.11.2012 at 15:27 Reply

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

    • Cara

      11.11.2012 at 21:28 Reply

      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:)

  • Jenni

    11.11.2012 at 15:40 Reply

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

  • Ashley

    11.11.2012 at 15:53 Reply

    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 :)

    • Amanda

      11.11.2012 at 20:00 Reply

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

      • Cara

        11.11.2012 at 21:34 Reply

        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)

        • Carissa

          12.11.2012 at 07:31 Reply

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

          • Cara

            12.11.2012 at 20:30

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

          • sarah

            19.12.2012 at 11:00

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

    • Cara

      11.11.2012 at 21:29 Reply

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

  • Aimee

    11.11.2012 at 20:23 Reply

    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.

    • Cara

      11.11.2012 at 21:37 Reply

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

  • Melissa

    11.11.2012 at 21:14 Reply

    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!

    • Rebecca

      12.11.2012 at 09:22 Reply

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

    • Cara

      14.11.2012 at 23:05 Reply

      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!

  • Megan

    12.11.2012 at 05:22 Reply

    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?

    • Cara

      14.11.2012 at 23:06 Reply

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

  • Katy

    12.11.2012 at 05:56 Reply

    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!

    • Cara

      12.11.2012 at 20:42 Reply

      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:)

  • Ann

    12.11.2012 at 08:16 Reply

    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!

    • Cara

      12.11.2012 at 20:45 Reply

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

  • Aly

    12.11.2012 at 09:15 Reply

    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 :)

    • Cara

      12.11.2012 at 20:46 Reply

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

  • Chelsea Hall

    12.11.2012 at 10:01 Reply

    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!

    • Courtney

      12.11.2012 at 12:12 Reply

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

      • Cara

        12.11.2012 at 20:51 Reply

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

        • Courtney

          13.11.2012 at 15:00 Reply

          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.

    • Cara

      12.11.2012 at 20:49 Reply

      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

  • Kristen

    12.11.2012 at 10:54 Reply

    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?

    • Cara

      12.11.2012 at 20:55 Reply

      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!

  • meagan

    12.11.2012 at 11:37 Reply

    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??

    • Cara

      12.11.2012 at 20:59 Reply

      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/

  • Pegah

    12.11.2012 at 11:45 Reply

    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 :)

    • Cara

      12.11.2012 at 21:03 Reply

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

  • Lindsey

    12.11.2012 at 13:51 Reply

    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!

    • Cara

      12.11.2012 at 21:08 Reply

      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.

  • virginia @ LiveLoveDIY

    12.11.2012 at 17:47 Reply

    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!!! :)

    • Cara

      12.11.2012 at 21:09 Reply

      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:)

  • Grace

    12.11.2012 at 18:42 Reply

    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!

    • Cara

      12.11.2012 at 22:41 Reply

      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

      • Martrisha

        18.12.2012 at 17:42 Reply

        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?

  • Nicki

    12.11.2012 at 19:35 Reply

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

    • Cara

      14.11.2012 at 23:08 Reply

      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!

      • Nicki

        15.11.2012 at 17:48 Reply

        thanks, cara! :)

  • Natasha

    12.11.2012 at 19:53 Reply

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

  • kim

    12.11.2012 at 23:35 Reply

    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!

  • Ashley

    13.11.2012 at 00:52 Reply

    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!

    • Cara

      14.11.2012 at 23:09 Reply

      Thank you so much ASHLEY!

  • Chris

    13.11.2012 at 06:11 Reply

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

  • Cara

    13.11.2012 at 07:59 Reply

    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!

    • Cara

      14.11.2012 at 23:10 Reply

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

  • Michelle

    13.11.2012 at 08:23 Reply

    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

    • Lindsey

      13.11.2012 at 09:14 Reply

      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?

      • Cara

        14.11.2012 at 23:15 Reply

        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)

        • Erin

          15.11.2012 at 10:30 Reply

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

  • ivana

    13.11.2012 at 11:29 Reply

    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 :)

    • Cara

      14.11.2012 at 23:23 Reply

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

  • Kathleen

    13.11.2012 at 14:46 Reply

    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!

    • Cara

      14.11.2012 at 23:28 Reply

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

  • Tiffany

    13.11.2012 at 16:39 Reply

    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!!

    • Cara

      14.11.2012 at 23:30 Reply

      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!

  • Andrea

    13.11.2012 at 21:30 Reply

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

  • Sharon Cullen

    14.11.2012 at 05:52 Reply

    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 :-)

    • Cara

      14.11.2012 at 23:31 Reply

      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!

  • Meghan

    14.11.2012 at 10:57 Reply

    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 :)

  • Hannah

    14.11.2012 at 13:26 Reply

    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!

  • Marianne

    14.11.2012 at 14:08 Reply

    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

  • Jenafer

    15.11.2012 at 14:20 Reply

    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!

  • Lindsay

    15.11.2012 at 14:22 Reply

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

  • Lindsay

    15.11.2012 at 14:22 Reply

    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?

  • April R.

    15.11.2012 at 20:08 Reply

    Do you not use foundation? What about bronzer?

  • Bailey

    15.11.2012 at 22:03 Reply

    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!

  • Stacy

    16.11.2012 at 01:18 Reply

    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!

  • Leigh

    16.11.2012 at 13:19 Reply

    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!


  • Mollie

    16.11.2012 at 14:52 Reply

    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..

  • jade

    16.11.2012 at 22:04 Reply

    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!

    • Jennie

      27.03.2013 at 10:18 Reply

      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)

  • Andrea

    16.11.2012 at 22:21 Reply

    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

  • Michelle

    16.11.2012 at 22:53 Reply

    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

    • Brooke

      29.11.2012 at 09:39 Reply

      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! :)

  • wendy

    17.11.2012 at 10:39 Reply

    Can the bronzer be used on fair skintones?

  • Kelly

    17.11.2012 at 19:45 Reply


    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!

  • jamie

    17.11.2012 at 20:26 Reply

    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?

  • Bethanee

    18.11.2012 at 11:16 Reply

    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! =)

  • Ana Barancek

    18.11.2012 at 16:21 Reply

    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

  • Isela

    18.11.2012 at 23:30 Reply

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

  • Dominique G

    19.11.2012 at 09:34 Reply

    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!

  • Candy Reynolds

    19.11.2012 at 11:12 Reply

    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…

  • DanaSQ

    19.11.2012 at 17:03 Reply

    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!!!

  • Laurel

    19.11.2012 at 18:31 Reply

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

    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!

  • Sarah

    20.11.2012 at 11:01 Reply

    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?

  • Tara

    21.11.2012 at 06:36 Reply

    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!

  • Allison

    21.11.2012 at 09:06 Reply

    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?

  • Emily

    21.11.2012 at 14:19 Reply

    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!!!

    • Megan

      27.11.2012 at 08:55 Reply

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

  • Jillian

    22.11.2012 at 10:25 Reply

    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!

  • Leslie

    22.11.2012 at 13:04 Reply

    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!

  • Chelsea P

    24.11.2012 at 06:13 Reply

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

  • Amy

    24.11.2012 at 11:09 Reply

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

    • Amy

      25.11.2012 at 01:33 Reply

      Sorry not orgasam. I have laguna?

  • Abi

    26.11.2012 at 09:04 Reply

    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?

  • Ida Rice

    26.11.2012 at 19:13 Reply


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

  • Chrissy

    27.11.2012 at 12:28 Reply

    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?

  • Natasha

    27.11.2012 at 12:35 Reply

    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!

  • Kelly

    29.11.2012 at 09:06 Reply

    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!!!!

  • Janna

    29.11.2012 at 13:46 Reply

    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!


  • Shea

    29.11.2012 at 17:54 Reply

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

  • Lindsay

    30.11.2012 at 15:15 Reply

    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.

  • Amanda

    01.12.2012 at 09:44 Reply

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

  • Elle

    02.12.2012 at 03:35 Reply

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

    • Cara

      02.12.2012 at 17:57 Reply

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

      • elle

        08.12.2012 at 21:13 Reply

        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,


  • Monica

    04.12.2012 at 06:03 Reply

    When does foundation and/or powder go on?

  • Kelley

    04.12.2012 at 12:18 Reply

    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!!!

  • Alex

    04.12.2012 at 15:01 Reply

    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!!!

    • Cara

      05.12.2012 at 08:45 Reply

      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.

  • Tayler

    05.12.2012 at 16:06 Reply

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

  • Becka

    05.12.2012 at 18:53 Reply

    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! :)

    • Becka

      05.12.2012 at 19:25 Reply

      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.

  • cole

    05.12.2012 at 22:51 Reply

    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.

  • Carolyn

    06.12.2012 at 08:40 Reply

    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?

  • Jenna

    06.12.2012 at 09:38 Reply

    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! :))

  • Melinda Ruesch

    06.12.2012 at 14:29 Reply

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

  • Chelsea Hartsell

    06.12.2012 at 17:17 Reply

    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?

  • Kimberly C

    07.12.2012 at 16:13 Reply

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

  • Ashley

    07.12.2012 at 19:50 Reply

    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!!!

    • Becka

      08.12.2012 at 00:27 Reply

      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!

      • Ashley

        08.12.2012 at 12:28 Reply

        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 :)

  • Aimee Hasse

    07.12.2012 at 22:54 Reply

    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? :)

  • Morgan B

    08.12.2012 at 10:27 Reply

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

  • Amy

    08.12.2012 at 13:35 Reply

    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!

  • Becky

    08.12.2012 at 19:30 Reply

    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?

  • Lucine

    09.12.2012 at 11:56 Reply

    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?

  • Beckie Andrews

    09.12.2012 at 17:02 Reply

    I’m 32 and i’ve been reading how to HAC for years. I thought I understood the concept and practice until I watched your tutorial, (a Pinterest link for your Victora Secret post led me here). Since I gave birth to my 3 year old little guy, i’ve been living in frumpy/chunky town. You’re HAC tutorial inspired and excited me so much that I walked up to the store, purchased more cosmetics than I have in YEARS and came home to put them to use. I’ve never done a, “smoky eye” either and I FINALLY did that today, too. I was always afraid to do a smoky eye since I have brown eyes and I think it makes my eyes look smaller and dirty but, I managed! I also followed your Hurr tutorial and, as someone who usually has untamed frizzy/wavy hair, I just LOVE it! So, thank you, thank you, thank you! <3

  • Aiko

    09.12.2012 at 19:47 Reply

    Hi Cara!

    Thank you for this HAC tutorial!! I’m really excited to try it.

    My one question for you is about the Clinique concealer. I am half Japanese, so obvi yellow undertones. Will the buttermilk color still work with my skin tone?


  • Melissa

    10.12.2012 at 08:11 Reply

    Great video! What type of BB cream do you use/ recommend? I am confused by all the options as I have been researching. I have been using the Garnier BB cream but I am not in love with it.

    Also, where is your large concealer brush from. You use when you are doing the pie piece under your eye. I have never seen a brush like that before.

    Thank you for the great tips.

  • Vanessa

    10.12.2012 at 10:31 Reply

    Hi Cara,

    I love your HAC video and I’m really getting into HAC as well. I do have a question though, my daily make up for my face is a Bare Minerals powder. Where does that come in with HACing because that it what I use for full coverage. Do you have any other suggestions?

    Let me know and thanks so much!

    • Becka

      11.12.2012 at 19:32 Reply

      You would use the Bare Minerals powder before you HAC.

  • Alexis

    10.12.2012 at 21:07 Reply

    Hey there! I came across your blog and come to find out I went to high school with your husband & lived a short distance away. Small world. ANYWAY… I love makeup as well but I am curious… do you think that Buttermilk shade goes well with most people? My skin does have a yellow undertone and I’ve never found a concealer I’ve fallen in love with yet. I’m willing to give it a try. Also, do you use a brush to apply that dream bounce blush? I’ve just used my fingers, but maybe I should try a brush.


  • Camilla

    10.12.2012 at 23:35 Reply

    Thanks gf, you’re the best!!

  • Carmen Perdomo

    11.12.2012 at 11:30 Reply

    OMG! I have to confess when I first watched the video I was a little skeptical about all the colors and products and brushes, since I am not a makeup artist and all. I did try it and I thank you very much for sharing it with the world, it really does make a huge difference. I’m loving my jaw line and my cheekbones now. You are truly an artist. From now on I’ll follow your posts, thanks again

  • Emily Hobbs

    11.12.2012 at 14:07 Reply

    I love this! I’m a mother of a 6 month old and it’s so fabulous to get simple & fun instructions on how to look not so drab :)

  • Mira

    11.12.2012 at 16:17 Reply

    Loved this! I was wondering to do this process you put on foundation then did your eyes then started the HAC? i just want to make sure I am getting this just right!!!

    • Becka

      11.12.2012 at 19:30 Reply

      If you read Cara’s responses to the comments above, she says she does all of her other makeup before starting HACing. She just uses BB cream, instead of foundation or powder, but if you need more coverage than a BB cream provides, go ahead and use one of those instead. Also, I personally would recommending doing your other makeup EXCEPT mascara first, then HACing, then adding mascara and lipgloss (if you want) as the very last step. This will help prevent any powder products from sticking to those lashes and lips and looking weird. :) Hope this helps!

      • Mira

        11.12.2012 at 20:08 Reply

        Thank you! thats what i figured just wanted to double check

  • Bmarie

    11.12.2012 at 17:38 Reply

    Hi Cara!
    Thanks for the video! I’m guessing it isn’t a recent one, but it’s recent for me anyways πŸ˜‰ Here’s my question- does the HAC on the nose look weird from the side? I played around with it a little on a friend the other day, and while it looked great straight on, the line (even with good blending) looked weird from the side. Thoughts?


  • Erika

    11.12.2012 at 20:36 Reply

    Cara, great video! You are so gorgeous! And so down-to Earth in your video! Thank you so much for sharing!! I cannot wait to try HAC tomorrow morning before I go to work! You made me a follower! I could use your awesome tips for my upcoming holiday parties. Happy Holidays! <3

  • Cara

    12.12.2012 at 00:54 Reply

    I am so glad I discovered your website! One of my friends had Pinned to your VS model article, I checked it out, and now I am in love!
    Not only do we share a name (awweeesome!), but I find your tips really useful. I’ve been wanting to figure out how to do this, and yours is the best tutorial I’ve seen on HACing so far. Thank you so much for putting your knowledge out there. You’re a doll!

  • Genelle

    12.12.2012 at 08:47 Reply

    Hi Cara,
    I just discovered your blog and am absolutely inspired! Such great tips for the everyday woman! So in you HAC tutorial, do you use a base foundation prior to the HAC? Also, I use powder because I tend to have a bit more oily of a face. I didn’t see you incorporate powder at all. Do you recommend powder in conjunction with the HAC?

  • sarah

    12.12.2012 at 17:41 Reply

    Hi cara… I really love your makeup tips. My friend posted your blog on my pinterest because she said we look alike. I was wondering how to diminish very balled up cheeks.. I have rather large and balled up cheeks that i hate buthigh cheek bones that i love… H how do i diminish the cheeks more? Thanks a lot.

  • Kelle

    12.12.2012 at 18:14 Reply

    Cara you are simply amazing! Thank you so much for this tutorial!! I feel like I have been doing my makeup wrong for years! Lol! I am practicing how to HAC to get the technique down perfectly… I think however that the Bahama Mama bronzer may be to dark for my fair skin and makes me look a little ‘dirty’ as you stated in your video. Can you recommend a matte bronzer for someone who is on the fair side? Thank you so much!!

  • Gabe

    12.12.2012 at 23:07 Reply

    So I have been looking through your tutorials practically all day! Today I decided to try the Lindsay Lohan eyes and at first I thought I couldn’t pull the look off until I watched this tutorial and it all came together. I have a really round face and I am super self conscious about it and the highlighting and contouring was amazing! After I tried them I went to work and everyone commented on my makeup and hair (I also watched one of the curling tutorials). I just wanted to say thank you for all your videos! You have truly inspired me!!!

  • Sonja Foust

    13.12.2012 at 06:26 Reply

    I tried it out and it worked! Pictures to prove it. πŸ˜‰ http://sonjafoust.com/2012/12/13/sometimes-i-get-stuff-right/ Thanks so much for the helpful video!

  • MK

    13.12.2012 at 06:48 Reply

    highlighting and contouring makes you look so good, I want to try so bad, but I have a hockey game that i’m going to with a big group and i’m afraid up close i’ll look like i painted my face all crazy! I love the eyebrows and subtle lines but i’m afraid to try the nose…

  • Ashlee

    13.12.2012 at 11:18 Reply

    This is Amazing Cara! but question: Do I use a primer before all this? or do my regular coverup makeup then do the highlighting or no?

  • Kristin

    14.12.2012 at 06:40 Reply

    Hi Cara! I came across your video on Pinterest and honestly, I thought “another makeup tip that won’t work for me”….boy was I WRONG! I cannot wait to try this tomorrow! My eyes are my favorite part of my face, and my nose is my least favorite. Your tutorial taught me how to work with both the way that will bring out my favorite parts. Thanks so much!

  • Ibony

    14.12.2012 at 11:26 Reply

    Hi Cara! I watched your video and is amazing how a little tips can make a big difference…. I have a question, I am a latina my color complexion is olive…which colors should I to used???

    Thank you.

  • Allison

    14.12.2012 at 21:18 Reply

    i love this video! and your blog, such great tips. i was wondering though, for the illuminator, you say you made your own? just wondering what you used to make your own? or if you have any alternatives to the Smashbox artifical light you mentioned. i dont live close to a sephora or anything, was wondering if you knew of a drugstore brand that would do the trick. thanks :)

  • Erika Spence

    14.12.2012 at 21:34 Reply

    Found this video on Pinterest. Wow! you are so talented and lovely. I am having a hard time applying makeup since turning 40 three years ago. I never really had trouble before. My face has changed: my cheeks have dropped, my lips are so thin now and I have hyper-pigmantation on my cheeks and around my nose. I am also busier now (I have a twelve year old that I homeschool and we adopted a son two years ago!), so I have less time and energy to focus on makeup. I want to stay fresh and youthful, but frankly I feel it is over my head. Any ideas for aging faces? I can send you my photos without makeup, if that helps. I would really appreciate any help!!

  • Kandie

    14.12.2012 at 22:33 Reply

    OMG I don’t think I have ever watched a more useful makeup tutorial. You see everyone showing you how to contour your cheekbones but I’ve never seen the nose/lip/chin contouring before and it seems to make a big difference, that before and after of JLo is outrageous! I just added the Bahama Mama to my cart, can’t wait to try this out, thank you for sharing the awesome secrets to looking fabulous πŸ˜‰

  • Chelsea McClelland

    16.12.2012 at 18:29 Reply

    Oh my goodness. Thank you so much for teaching me how to HAC! It is seriously life changing! Cannot believe I didn’t know how to do this sooner.

  • Angelica

    17.12.2012 at 11:15 Reply

    love this!! I always contour for going out or when I do full makeup and for pics. :)Love your blog and IG :)

  • Angelica

    17.12.2012 at 11:16 Reply

    Thank you, love this! I always contour, especially when I do a full glam makeup and for pics! Love your blog and IG!! :))

  • Angelica

    17.12.2012 at 11:45 Reply

    question for you Cara, when do you do your contour? After foundation but before powder? The only thing you didn’t mention was if you prefer it after powder and foundation or before. thank you!

  • Sarah

    17.12.2012 at 13:32 Reply

    This is the first video of yours that I have watched! I love ALL the tips, I have been trying to figure out hightlighting and contouring for a while now. I just wish I had found this BEFORE my family photos were taken. I’m looking forward to looking at some more of your videos in the future! One question, that Bahama Mama stuff? Can I get that at a store or just online?

  • brandi tanner

    17.12.2012 at 21:36 Reply

    when you start your hac video…have you already primed and applied your base/foundatiuon? thanks!

    • Becka

      17.12.2012 at 22:52 Reply

      Yes. She’s replied to a couple of other comments about this same topic. She saves her HACing for the very end of her makeup application. I recommend before applying lip products and mascara so they don’t get any powder stuck to them.

  • Brandi

    17.12.2012 at 22:32 Reply

    Sooooo excited to come across you on PIN… Running out tomorrow to buy all my supplies lol! Excited to look through your blog…. I need makeup help soooo much! Are you on Instagram?

  • Kristen

    18.12.2012 at 02:21 Reply

    I have very fair skin so will that brand and color or concealer work for me or will it be too dark? Its hard to find a good highlighter because im so fair skinned and its suppose to be lighter lol. So please help if you have any suggestions. Thank you

  • Kelly

    19.12.2012 at 12:00 Reply

    Hi Cara
    Just discovered your website, its amazing! Love all the tips.
    I wanna buy the make up you prefer, but i really don’t know which color!?
    Like the even better concealer of clinique and the flash or glow of Artificial Light Luminizing Lotion. Can you please tell me which one you use?
    I’ll be very grateful!
    Ty a lot!

  • Ericka

    19.12.2012 at 14:05 Reply

    Hi Cara!
    Just stumbled upon you on Pinterest, love your stuff! I was wondering what brushes you use & where to get them? I never know which brushes to buy or if i can just buy a whole set & be good. I want good quality but not crazy expensive…suggestions?

  • Kayla Peralta

    19.12.2012 at 20:35 Reply

    I am obsessed with this! Thank you so much for all the tips & the video was SO helpful! I just tried it out & couldn’t be happier…this is my new make-up routine! :) Thanks again!

  • jennie

    19.12.2012 at 20:46 Reply

    hi! i saw this on pinterest and loved your video! i just had a question about regular bronzer or even powder (not the contour bronzer). is it ok to use any at all? or are you literally just wearing illuminator, concealer, and contour on your face?

    also what is a good hi lighter to use if not concealer? thanks!

  • Jen

    19.12.2012 at 21:04 Reply

    Hi Cara! You post some great things and I was so excited to HAC once I watched your video. I tried it and it looked good…for about a half hour. My skin is VERY oily and I can’t seem to find the right products, even ones made for oily skin and promise to combat shine. The bronzer and blush are fine because they’re powders, but as far as concealer and the artificial light, it was kind of a disaster (and I used the quality brands you recommend). Do you have any advice for very oily skin in terms of HACing and just makeup in general?! Thanks! :)

  • Jasmine

    20.12.2012 at 20:31 Reply

    I’m sorry if I missed it in the comments, but what shade did you use for the Clinique even better? I don’t use any foundation or concealer so I would only be using it for HACing. I tan so I don’t know if I should get a lighter color or the color of my skin tone. Your shade looked lighter than your actual tone, but you couldn’t tell with the finished product. Thanks!

  • Kelly

    21.12.2012 at 21:03 Reply

    I really enjoyed this video alot! Thank you so much for posting it! I have a question for you though.. My face is quite thin and I was wondering if there is a technique with the HAC which would help me to make it appear more full?

  • Rebecca

    22.12.2012 at 15:57 Reply

    This tutorial was so awesome! My face has never looked so good. Thank you so much!

  • Ainslie

    22.12.2012 at 19:31 Reply

    I absolutely love this tutorial! Such great suggestions! I’m wondering what colors/shades you would recommend for those(like myself) with very fair, freckled skin?

  • Leila

    23.12.2012 at 04:26 Reply

    It’s 9:30pm in Brisbane Australia… Just watched this video and now I cant wait to get up and try this in the morning!!! This is the best HAC tutorial EVER. I love you. Thank you! :-)

  • MelP

    24.12.2012 at 16:06 Reply

    Just made this after my 16 year old daughter told me she’d like some eye shadow primer. I remembered that I bookmarked this page, and we went right to making it. Didn’t even need to leave the house to get ingredients. She tested it out on her hand and she gives it two thumbs up! :)

    • MelP

      24.12.2012 at 16:07 Reply

      Oops, sorry, this was meant for the eyeshadow primer recipe… :)

  • Kari

    26.12.2012 at 21:18 Reply

    You should try Mary Kay products!!

  • Laura

    26.12.2012 at 21:52 Reply

    Hi, Cara!
    First of all, THANK YOU for posting this! I have a super round face and have been looking for a way to add more definition to my cheeks!

    I have a question… does the Artificial Light in Diffuse work well for people with medium/tan skin? I tried to look up reviews on other sites, but so far I haven’t seen a clear answer. Hope to hear from you soon! THANKS!

  • Jen

    27.12.2012 at 20:41 Reply

    Awesome video. Would you recommend same or different colors for someone with very fair skin (as in blue eyes, light freckles, and who uses the lightest shade foundation most cosmetic counters sell)? Thanks! You’re beautiful, by the way! Appreciate your encouraging message about finding beauty in all persons.

  • kari

    28.12.2012 at 19:58 Reply

    Just wanted to say that I found your blog on Pinterest, and it is AMAZING! I have never tried HAC other than some under eye concealer, and this has completely changed how I apply makeup! I have some problem skin, from old sunspots, etc., and require a medium coverage foundation. I just started using Clinique Stay Matte, which I love, but the lady helping me suggested that I apply the Clinique Concealer under the foundation, which I thought sounded wrong….Just checking for opinion from you! Also checking that the Buttermilk color will be good for fair to medium skin tones…The one they suggested at the store was close to my foundation color, and I know THAT isn’t right…. Thank you for all the tips! Am searching your blog now for smokey eye stuff in lighter or brown shades! Great blog to spend the afternoon browsing!

  • LIndsay

    29.12.2012 at 10:02 Reply

    Great Video! I do have a Q though…..When im doing my makeup I do: lotion, Primer, liquid foundation (i use a tanner color than my natural skin) blush, then bronzer all over to match my neck and under my cheek bones..Should I THEN do the highlighting? If so, wont it make me look all uneven by the rest of my face and neck being tan and not under my eyes or is that the point and I should NOT put bronzer over the highlight? Also, for the highlight your just using concealer? WHat was the Maybelline highlighter you said you also use? Sorry for the long questions lol


  • Jessica

    29.12.2012 at 15:49 Reply

    Is the covergirl perfect blend pencil in Mink an eyeliner pencil?

  • Catherine

    30.12.2012 at 15:04 Reply

    OMG you are absolutely gorgeous your cheek bones are amazing even without the HAC

  • Catherine

    30.12.2012 at 15:46 Reply

    Hi Cara! I just discovered your website and pins. OMGosh, I used your HAC techniques and am astonished with my results. YOU are AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  • Angela

    30.12.2012 at 16:37 Reply

    Cara- thank you so much for posting these videos. I found your blog via Pinterest. I tried HAC last night and today and my husband keeps complimenting my makeup. He just keeps saying “Wow!”

  • Nicole

    31.12.2012 at 10:48 Reply

    Hi Cara,

    Absolutely love your blog, just as much as everyone else. :). Quick question – I have rosy cheeks already, not necessarily rosecea. The red is usually on the bottom of my cheek, closer to my jaw and up to my ear.

    So, I find contouring difficult sometimes. Is there a concealer or foundation you could recommend to me to cover the redness of my cheeks?


    • Laura P

      31.12.2012 at 13:55 Reply

      Nicole, I start off with my normal foundation to provide coverage as I have the same problem., instead of the blush base.

  • Laura P

    31.12.2012 at 13:53 Reply

    Wow. Amazing! I thought, ah well, I”ll give it a try. Amazing results! I used a darker powder rather then a bronzer, and it worked well. I will definitely stay tuned to your website!

  • Genny

    31.12.2012 at 16:24 Reply

    Oh my…. you rock sister!!! Where have you been all my life, LOL! Great explanation on each step. I’ve never seen me look like this ! Thank you forever!!!! I am now another humble follower :-)

  • Katie Jones

    31.12.2012 at 17:08 Reply

    Hello! Thanks for posting this. I NEVER read stuff like this but saw you on Pinterest and loved how comfy and inviting you were and had FUN watching new tricks with makeup. Thanks to you I am 100$ broker after purchasing like products and got compliments on my slash job in to work -so yeah me! I’m excited to get dolled up tonight (taking my time), looking “refreshed” “bright” -just a few of the words I heard today. Crazy! Thanks and Happy New Year! :)

  • Kimberly

    31.12.2012 at 18:35 Reply

    The photo of the model with the sleeveless top…that is PhotoShopped.

  • Amy

    03.01.2013 at 03:58 Reply

    I love, love, love your blog! Thanks for sharing! I feel like I finally know how to use my makeup!

  • Melissa

    03.01.2013 at 10:37 Reply

    I never really put much thought into my make-up, just foundation, eyeliner and mascara….until I grew up and especially now that I’m one tired mom. I’m so glad I stumbled upon this on Pinterest..however I’m having a huge problem with HAC’ing. My face is thin, but my cheekbones aren’t defined at all actually non-existent is more like it. Even when I suck in my cheeks, all I get are sunk in spots right by my mouth, so it’s hard to figure out exactly where bronzer goes on my cheeks. When going to apply blush to the apples, I just get two slight bumps of ‘fat’ which I assume are my cheek ‘apples’ really close to my nose as well as really cloes to my eyes. So once I’m done HAC’ing…I look like an olden day prude with a bad blush job. What can I do??

  • One Happy Momma of Two

    03.01.2013 at 16:19 Reply

    WOW, AMAZING. Do you put foundation over all your Highlighting and contouring? Just wondering. Amazing, video thanks for putting this together so I can learn. I can’t wait to watch more of your videos and get my make up this weekend :)

  • Heidi J

    04.01.2013 at 05:43 Reply

    Hi Cara,
    I tried to look at all of the previous comments first as to not ask this question again, but it doesn’t look like anyone has asked it. Do you apply your foundation and then set it with powder…then do your HAC? I’m used to setting my foundation with powder and then adding blush etc. but if I ever add anything creamy (like concealer) on top of it, it gets all gummy and smudges. If I don’t set my makeup with powder then it disappears and like melts off. Just wondering what you do.

  • Christy

    04.01.2013 at 19:16 Reply

    I was thinking the same question above. In this video what did u start out with on your face b4 starting your HAC… I start out with primer then my foundation, blush and go to eyes I haven’t done the HAC, but just recently received a make up brush kit and am excited to experiment more with make up and HAC! This video makes me excited to get ready tomorrow lol!

  • tonya c

    04.01.2013 at 21:58 Reply

    just bumped into this! so excited! can’t wait to start following you!

  • Kalee

    05.01.2013 at 15:40 Reply

    I love your blog!! I’ve always had problems with looking dirty or orange when HAC. I never thought to get an ashy color!! I’m much more fair than you (I buy ivory in most colors). I can’t wait to try a more ashy color like Bahama Mama :)

  • Nancy

    08.01.2013 at 15:13 Reply

    I just went online to order the Clinique Even Better Concealer and there are 12 different shades. Yikes! What do you recommend or does it depend on my skin tone? I have a light skin tone, but I wouldn’t say it was pale. Thanks for your help.

  • L.

    09.01.2013 at 07:01 Reply

    I have very pale skin, and hate the look of tan on my face. What colors do you think I should use to HAC?

    • Yelena

      10.01.2013 at 06:44 Reply

      Do you start off with any makeup prior to the HAC ?? excellent video

  • Stephany

    11.01.2013 at 16:10 Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing! I do have a question I have olive skin and always have trouble color matching I’d like to try this is there a certain brand you’d recommend for my olive skin?

  • nikkivel

    12.01.2013 at 09:39 Reply

    So helpful! Thank you so much!

  • Ashley

    13.01.2013 at 15:34 Reply

    Makes such a difference! Looks great!!

  • celeste

    14.01.2013 at 18:16 Reply

    I love love love this video!! Than ks cara so much for sharing!! I just discovered you yesterday on pintrest and now I am totally inspired to get back into perfecting my makeup techniques :)) I used to follow that chick of makeup geek, but I just love how precise and accurate your HAC-ing is. Just love the tut! Had one question: Do you put much foundation on, before you HAC (because you use a concealer to highlight)? I discovered NARS foundation which I love, because of the color match and higher coverage. I was wondering if I should still apply my foundation first? I use the sheer matte which dries as a powder and wondered if it would still work, using the concealer over top as a highlighter?? Hope this makes sense? Thanks!!

  • BNP

    16.01.2013 at 19:04 Reply

    I just found your blog on Pinterest aslo, I have a much more pale complexion than you and this contouring and highlighting just BLEW ME AWAY but I wanted to see if you would suggest any different products or colors for someone like me with a lighter complexion. I believe I’m a “summer” light blues and pinks look good on me, blonde hair and green eyes.

  • Donna

    17.01.2013 at 12:22 Reply

    Love your video on HAC…check out my befor and after pics i posted. I’ve been feeling very old lately and this has lifted my spirits! Thank you Cara!

  • Tiffany Reece

    18.01.2013 at 16:13 Reply

    OMG so I just got some of the bahama mama in my birchbox : ) I am so excited to try HAC’ing. Hopefully I don’t suck at it too much! : / I was just so excited to see it in there b/c all of my bronzers are TOO orangey! Uck!

  • Liz

    19.01.2013 at 13:25 Reply

    will bronzer beads work also?

  • Bea

    19.01.2013 at 16:43 Reply

    Hi Cara
    I just found out about you from a link in College Fashion. I just recently started wearing make-up for everyday but I just line the outer third of my eye with a brown pencil, highlight with beige eyeshadow on the inner corner of the eye, below the brow and on the corner of the cheekbones. I don’t wear foundation or powder.
    I don’t own much make-up and I have a super tight budget and schedule. I am sure to do this for special occasions but is there a shorter, simpler version for everyday? If you don’t do it all, what is most important? Just the shadows? The pink? Just highlight?
    Lastly, I have a general tips blog but most of my readers don’t speak English. Would it be okay to translate your article and link back to you?

  • Kelsey

    19.01.2013 at 20:01 Reply

    Hey Cara!
    Question: What’s a good concealer for olive skin? I don’t wana look like I went skiing :) Thanks! love your blog and everything you do

  • Kristine

    20.01.2013 at 15:13 Reply

    Hi Cara!
    This is amazing! I am so inspired to try HACing! I found you on Pinterest a few months ago and love love love your blog! I tell all my girlfriends about you.

    Here is my question. I have your color hair and light blue eyes, however, I have the Mediterranean olive colored complexion. I also have very dark circles under my eyes and to make that even more difficult, major fine wrinkles in my under eye area. What do you suggest for me? Thank you so much!

  • Sarah

    22.01.2013 at 20:55 Reply

    Absolutely LOVVVEEE this ! Way simpler than I thought it would be. Thank you so much for sharing all you do, your entire blog has seriously changed my life and all these tips and tricks have made me so much more confident! Can’t thank you enough, you’re awesome! Xoxo

  • Daina

    22.01.2013 at 21:36 Reply

    This is awesome πŸ˜€
    So, I just had a few questions first. You said that you don’t necessarily have to wear foundation, right? My skin is a bit uneven (or really uneven, actually) from past acne troubles & the fact that I get flareups all the time from stress, so would wearing at least a light cover of foundation help in this? I don’t want to wear too much since obviously more makeup tends to settle over acne & makes it more pronounced, but I don’t want to really….have all of that showing through either. Your skin is gorgeous before you even put on the makeup, so it looks amazing. I’m just nervous to do this on myself (but I might tomorrow just as a trial run!). Also, will this last through a work day? I work at Starbucks & it tends to get a bit crazy with the rushes, so I do get a bit hot, & I wouldnt want all of my makeup to disappear :(
    Thanks for all of your advice! I love your blog & I’m addicted to it :)

  • Sini

    23.01.2013 at 00:20 Reply

    Wow, I really need to try this! I try to do contouring and highlighting on my basic makeup but not this good. I really like the video, thank you!

  • Leena

    23.01.2013 at 12:39 Reply

    Thanks for the great tips and adwise. I found your blog form Pinterest, saw the video and done HACin since. I have a question, as I don’t know what to do with my nose. It’s very (and I mean very) short and its also upturned. How can I make it seem longer? And how about, any hints how can I make it seem less of a snub nose..?

  • Annie

    24.01.2013 at 19:48 Reply

    You are soo unbelievably gorgeous!!! I am super jealous, thanks so much for these tips!!!!

  • Monica

    25.01.2013 at 22:34 Reply

    OH MY GOSH! This was a FABULOUS tutorial! I felt so beautiful in my own skin! I think I went a little heavy on the blush towards the end, but other than that my skin looked flawless! I used ELF bronzer/blush duo in St. Lucia for my contour color and it blended great–and at $3 you can’t beat that! It was fun to play around with, especially when paired for the Blue Eye make up tutorial! THANK YOU from a new follower!

  • Aleida

    26.01.2013 at 09:59 Reply

    Can I have the YouTube link the sound isn’t coming through:(

  • Kerry

    27.01.2013 at 14:44 Reply

    Hey! Thanks for sharing this video :) quickie Q, do I need to put on a foundation before I HAC? I usually wear a light foundation like Jane Iredale mineral foundation or lately as its winter & my complexion very fair I am using Mabellines BB foundation, very light almost like a tinted moisturiser. I also quite freckly. Meh! I think once I do this I will have to post you a pic so you can tell me if done anything wrong? I am so scared of it in case I have bad marks all over my face afterwards lol x

    • Kerry

      27.01.2013 at 14:46 Reply

      oops just seen above a comment that answers my Q xx sorry!

  • Morgan

    28.01.2013 at 03:57 Reply

    Hey Cara, LOVE your blog, its is so helpful! My question to you is that I have super round, full cheeks with basically zero cheekbones that you can see, and every time I HAC I don’t seem to notice any difference. Any recommendations on what to do for a face shape like mine? Thank you so much!

  • Barbara Lord

    03.02.2013 at 12:56 Reply

    So want to try the contoring but not sure if u are using a coverup before u start this or not. I’m 62 and skin needs something I think. I’m pretty sure olive skin never know what to use. But sure would like to do this. Never know about color of blush either . Should I try the Fresh pink being an olive color? Heip? Just want to feel good again about my self

  • Emi

    05.02.2013 at 17:34 Reply

    Amazing Video ! Trying it tomorrow for the office

  • Hillary

    06.02.2013 at 13:42 Reply

    Just a quick question do you apply you regular face foundation before HACing, or do you HAC on a bare face? Thanks for all the tps and tricks

    • Cara

      06.02.2013 at 15:28 Reply

      You bet! I usually apply it over a sheer tinted moisture or BB cream, but if you have fairly even skin you won’t need foundation at all.

  • Jessie

    07.02.2013 at 13:47 Reply

    Hey Cara!! Just came across your blog a few weeks ago and I think I’ve watched just about everything!! You are amazing!! I’m just wondering, I’m a red so clearly I’m very pale… and with tons of freckles! Should I get a lighter bronzer? Because the one you used seemed really dark for my skin tone.. please help! I’m dying to try this out!! Thank you for your amazing tutorials and tips! Life savers!!! Oh and your gorgeous!

  • samantha

    08.02.2013 at 08:34 Reply

    Hi Cara, ive been following your blog for awhile now and loveee your tips. I was wondering if you have one for eyebrows? Or i just havent found it yet :).. thanks!

  • it!

    08.02.2013 at 13:24 Reply

    This is the BEST HAC tutorial I have EVER seen!! (Sorry for the CAPS lock, but I am REALLY excited about this!!) I’ve seen all the pics online of areas of light and dark, but never a good video tutorial of how to apply and blend. Love it, you’re gorgeous!!

  • jacque

    11.02.2013 at 11:48 Reply

    First time here and I am a very basic when it comes to makeup because I have no clue how to apply it. thanks for the video, I might try it. One question, do you have an experience with “organic” makeup? I try and use only parben free, sulfate free,etc…

  • Breanna Chanson

    12.02.2013 at 17:30 Reply

    Soooo, this may not be saying much about my life, but learning how to do this has changed it!

  • Shanna@ pineapple and coconut

    14.02.2013 at 03:59 Reply

    Just found your site via pinterest looking for hair tutorials and umm yeah. I just signed up to emails, I have been reading all your posts and am hooked. I now am going out shopping for all my HAC supplies because this is genius!! I can’t wait to surprise my husband by all of a sudden looking prettier but hes not sure why.. ha ha. I have been sharing your site with a ton of friends too!

  • Lesley T

    16.02.2013 at 01:13 Reply

    Hi Cara, I found you on Pinterest. I’m not much of a makeup girl, but after seeing your video, I might be able to HAC! Thanks for sharing your secrets, you are a beautiful girl!

  • Laura

    16.02.2013 at 07:08 Reply

    Just tried this out for the first time. My husband,(who HATES makeup and prefers the “natural” beauty) even said, “wow! I really like your makeup!” I never felt so pretty! Thanks for the boost! You helped me Love the way i look with my skin flaws. Just making me look better with the right tools! God bless!

  • Jeanette

    16.02.2013 at 17:47 Reply

    First off – LOVE your blog. everything about it. You have the best tutorials, easy to copy and very helpful.

    Anyways, I’ve been doing HAC for a little bit now and I’m getting better at it each time I try. I’m just finding it hard to add it to my daily makeup routine because of my skin & acne issues. I understand how to do the HAC, but is there a step before you start the HAC like foundation, powder etc? I have moderate acne, not to many large pimples, just an allover unevenness. I find it really hard to not wear anything like a foundation under the HAC, but when I have my foundation and the contouring on, it looks like I’m wearing WAY to much makeup. I need the coverage and love the look the HAC gives my facial structure, but I can’t seem to do both in a more natural way, as it look on you in the tutorials. Any advice?

  • You're Ugly

    18.02.2013 at 07:27 Reply

    So tired of seeing you all over Pinterest. You are not cute at all and you wear WAY too much makeup. You should try a more natural look. You’re not a supermodel, sorry not sorry.

    • Laura

      19.02.2013 at 01:02 Reply

      That’s not very productive of you. If you don’t like cara fine, but she has helped MANY of us just feel better about ourselves. Your opinion is fine, but the solution would be just don’t visit her blog etc. Wouldn’t that be easier? This thread is about HAC. Let’s keep it that way.

      • Abi

        19.02.2013 at 03:53 Reply

        You go, Laura!

      • Anne

        19.02.2013 at 09:10 Reply

        Cara, You are so gorgeous it’s ridiculous. You look amazing naturally and you sure know how to enhance looks with makeup without it looking overdone. You are the inspiration of a 19 year old girl!!!

    • Kari

      19.02.2013 at 03:57 Reply

      To You’re Ugly….The simplest solution to your problem of not liking to see Cara is to simply stop looking. Stay off of her blog. People like you that “troll” the internet and blogs looking for someone to degrade are what is wrong with our society in general today. So, now that you have had your fun, please go away and leave us all to enjoy Cara’s work and her blog.

    • Courtney

      27.02.2013 at 14:48 Reply

      VERY mature of you. She is beautiful, And makeup helps some of us express our personalities even better- like art on our face. Ditto Laura.

  • Keli

    19.02.2013 at 05:24 Reply

    Cara, I am totally lost when it comes to hair and makeup so when I stumbled upon your blog on Pinterest I decided to look further into your site. AMAZING! I watched your HAC tutorial several times then ordered every makeup piece you suggested. I have been practicing and perfecting my look and am getting SO much more comfortable and quick with it! I am about to purchase the brush set since mine just doesn’t do the same. THANK YOU for helping me to feel more beautiful and confident. On to hair now!

  • Blair

    22.02.2013 at 14:56 Reply

    Great tutorial, thank you!

  • ashley

    24.02.2013 at 08:29 Reply

    Thank you! That was very helpful! I can’t wait to try it. I enjoyed learning– You seem like a really nice person. Sometimes online tutorials have people who don’t seem very nice. I wish you great success!
    Thank you for the tips!

  • Courtney

    27.02.2013 at 14:43 Reply

    WELL. I’ve been hanging out with you for about a year now now and haven’t taken my loyalty anywhere else since! LOVE your stuff! I too have have LOVED makeup since i was little (my mom was a merle norman artist too!) but this blog has made it feel even more like art for me- and my kit keeps growing! SO here is my question: I’m only 24 and am already doing battle with wrinkles. When I HAC I feel like I look flawless, but as the day goes on I feel like my makeup falls off (even though I set it) and my concealer/highlight has set into the little wrinkles under my eyes making them look worse. Any tips on how to battle these!?? Thanks!!

  • Adilene

    28.02.2013 at 19:15 Reply

    Can you please list the comestic products you used in this video? Thanks! Great video!

  • Missy

    01.03.2013 at 02:14 Reply

    Thanks for the tips! After reading 50 shades of gray I was feeling a bit old. Thanks for the inspiration, and pep talk!

  • Tracey Mitchell

    03.03.2013 at 04:42 Reply

    Your video is awesome!! I’m 43 and feeling old and blah… and I really want to feel and look glamourous! YOu look beautiful and I feel like you taught it very well and that I can imitate you and do it also.. I’m a person of color, so I will have to adjust the colors you used.. But after watching other blogs, I love your make-up application the best. Some people apply blush at the end – and it may work for them.. But I love that you start off with it as a starting point then touch up at the end again. Thanks so much! Maybe I would’ve been married by now had you been born sooner to make this blog ! LOL :) You rock!

  • Crystal Shook

    04.03.2013 at 06:53 Reply

    Hi Cara,
    I recently found your blog on pinterest and I am a huge new fan!! I just have one quick question about HAC. Before you start the process of HAC do you put any kind of foundation on? I have to use foundation everyday because my face has some sun/age spots. Thanks for your help!!

  • Veronica Sanchez

    08.03.2013 at 03:52 Reply

    Hi cara,
    you are amazing! Thank you so much for the tutorial. I just had my second born and I’ve been feeling kinda yucky after applying my make-up, I wasn’t feeling confident at all, and I really wanted to learn this new amazing contouring trick that everyone talks about. You answered all my questions and I’m so excited to give it a try!
    Thank you thank you!!

  • Eliza

    09.03.2013 at 05:54 Reply

    I love your blog and your videos! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and passion with us!!

  • Amanda M.

    17.03.2013 at 11:33 Reply

    After a year of following your blog I finally got brave and followed your steps for HAC and I was stunned at how easy and what a difference it made! Love your blog!

  • Emily N

    17.03.2013 at 18:21 Reply

    I’m kind of hopeless when it comes to make up, but I stumbled across this video and you make it look so easy! Just a quick question I have more of a fair colored skin so would these shades for the make up products you used work on my skin as well? If not what shades would you recommend?

  • sheila

    19.03.2013 at 13:01 Reply

    I just got the concealer and bronzer in the mail and tried for the first time today. WOW I am so amazed at how easy it was, I certainly do not have it perfected but what little I could do made a huge difference. I am a mom of 2 young boys am finally getting back to taking care of my self a little and today with this stuff I feel just a little more “cute” in my mom clothes heehee Thank you!

  • danielle

    01.04.2013 at 17:22 Reply

    Just wanted to say I searched high and low for Bahama Mama bronzer and could not find it anywhere!!!! I finally broke down and ordered it online and had to chase down the postal people as it said it was delivered, four days later they can’t find it, my building people couldn’t and low and behold I found it! Anyhow, its here. And I have to say, having used about 20 different bronzing powders from mac, drugstores, sephora, dior, bare minerals, you name it, this is by FAR my favorite. Thank you for the recommendation. I can’t wait to look like J Lo. (ish)

  • Amber

    01.04.2013 at 21:32 Reply

    I normally don’t watch makeup how tos but this looked interesting on Pinterest .. So glad I did! Although I wish there was a way to submit a photo with the answer on where to HAC on your particular face (you know, take the guesswork out.. Lol) welp- looking forward to trying this out!!! Thanks a million! :)

  • Sarah Williamson

    03.04.2013 at 09:26 Reply

    This little 12 minute video changed my face for the better. I was so scared of the bronzer I mean terrified. The first time I did the tutorial I lightly dusted my brush with it and I was freaking out. I have just seen women cake bronzer on and look like they have a beard or an unatural orange glow. The second time I put more on and my round face with no visible cheekbones was transformed into a more angular face with *gasp* actual cheekbones!!! My husband walked in the door an said “oh my gosh wow!” Followed by “please tell me you didn’t buy an airbrush we can’t afford that”. Haha

  • Tammi

    03.04.2013 at 15:47 Reply

    I just found your blog and I must say I am very happy I did! great info on HACing!! I am a 50 yr old who will NEVER dress or act like a 50 yr old!! I love my makeup & hair, clothes & my husband has always called me a fru-fru girl! we are raising our 4 yr old grandson and at his preshcool the other day a teacher said to me..”I want to be a grandma like you someday!” so your post will help be continue to be just that!! a rockin grandma! thanks babe!! and I too have my soul mate in life!!

  • Kelly

    05.04.2013 at 13:16 Reply

    Hi, Cara! Love this post! I have a quick question though! My nose had an “indent” running between my nostrils to the point of my nose and when I tried this technique (with the point at the tip) it made it REALLY noticeable! I think it might help if I just do the straight lines and not do the triangle at the end but is there anything I can do to hide the indent? Thanks!

  • Shauna

    14.04.2013 at 16:10 Reply

    I love this how to!! But you are very tan, and I have a much more fair skin tone, can you suggest some lighter products I could use instead?

  • Kate

    17.04.2013 at 23:48 Reply

    I just voted for you on Allure. I am a long time subscriber of the mag, and your HAC video just completely changed my life. As a makeup/beauty innovation junky, this is like the Meryl Streep of makeup tips. Amazing. I just discovered your blog via Allure, and I have been up the last two nights until 1am reading your older posts. Love!

  • SammyGirl

    19.04.2013 at 14:55 Reply

    Hi Cara,

    My newest goal in life is to master the art of HAC, and I’m starting from the ground up!! So, I read your short list of products used in this tutorial, but since I’m starting from scratch, I would like to know if there’s *anything* else you’d recommend….if you were going to package a “Beginner’s Basic: HAC” what would be in it?? :)

  • Brooke

    21.04.2013 at 22:52 Reply

    It is so awesome that you take the time to share all of your beauty secrets with the rest of us women! I stumbled across your blog on pinterest and watched a couple of your videos, and then watched a couple more and before i knew it I had spent a good 45 minutes looking at all of your popular posts. This HAC one has to be my favorite though, i’ve been looking for ways to slim down my cheeks without having to starve myself! :)

    thank you so much!

  • Kristin

    23.04.2013 at 11:45 Reply

    Hi Cara! I had to search to find this vid since I am new to your blog, but am so excited to try this on myself! I’ve been voting for you for the Allure Beauty Blogger Awards and anxiously waiting for your emails every day! I’m not what you would consider ‘young’ anymore, but am so excited to be able to try some of your techniques to make myself feel better about myself. Thank you so much for sharing all of your amazing tips, techniques and giving us all a sneak peek of your beautiful life. :-)

  • Kaitlyn P.

    24.04.2013 at 07:25 Reply

    Just want you to know that I have known about and understood the concept of HACing for awhile. I live on Pinterest and have seen all the templates. Your video has basically changed my life – I felt restricted to my bronzer brush but seeing you use eyeshadow/concealer/etc brushes to achieve different results has given me a nosejob i swear. It’s amazing. Not to mention I feel like I have a sexy tan every single day. Best. Feeling. ever.

  • Annie

    24.04.2013 at 11:17 Reply

    Big fan…..purchased everything to contour and highlight my face….but I forgot I have a long narrow bumpy crooked nose :( lol I can’t find anything to contour my nose. I think your method is awesome but makes my nose look more bigger and bumpier. Any suggestions? Love love your blog found you through Pinterest and addicted to makeup now. Being a mom of two I gave up on my looks and makeup. You make it look easy and inspire me to look better without so much effort.

  • shani

    25.04.2013 at 19:22 Reply

    Hey there,

    I follow your blog and was wondering if you could recommend a brush set like the one you have above that i can order online and get shipped to australia? I just tried to buy the one on here but they only ship U.S…..do you know of any?

  • Shani Neville

    25.04.2013 at 19:34 Reply

    Hello again,

    Ok so sorry for the 2 posts….but i also cant get bahama mama in australia and the blush… :( I am sooooo bummed, was really looking forward to HAC….if its not too much trouble can you recommend everything used here with similar products that can be shipped to australia or brought? I would be FOREVER grateful! πŸ˜€

    • kylie

      28.04.2013 at 03:51 Reply

      Hi shani, you can buy Bahama mama from adorebeauty. Online store based in Melbourne :)

  • Jessica H.

    30.04.2013 at 17:32 Reply

    Love your blog! I found a few drug store swaps for highlighting and contouring! For highlighting try L’Oreal magic lumi concealer in light. For contouring try L’Oreal Paris true match super bendable powder in cocoa (or even a shade lighter for less tan skin). These worked great for me!!

    • Mer

      03.05.2013 at 12:06 Reply


  • Mer

    03.05.2013 at 12:16 Reply

    Your videos are THE BEST! I’ve spent hours watching makeup tut’s on youtube so I’m kind of an expert. πŸ˜‰
    My favorite advice from you, maybe you mention here and in other vid’s, about putting on foundation after eye makeup, especially for a smokey eye, and applying as little as possible. It makes such a difference! So many makeup artists want you to put on MORE stuff and buy more stuff, etc. I’ve had makeup counter ladies give me ‘makeovers’ and I usually have to wipe off most of the makeup to look like myself again. Your tutorials are just so great for those of us who want to look like ourselves only better!!! <3

  • dominique bakelaar

    03.05.2013 at 16:31 Reply

    this is awesome! thank u so much! you are so pretty, i hope it will work for me too. just don’t know which colour works for me.. xx and thank you so much, from holland

  • K

    04.05.2013 at 18:19 Reply

    Very beautiful and very helpful! Thank you!! But how do you HAC for a long, thin nose? :(

  • Janelle

    09.05.2013 at 20:15 Reply

    I found you on Pinterest an I loved your tutorial but I was wondering if you have anything to hid under eye bags? Mine are hereditary an i have allergies so I feel like they are extra large an really bother me! Iv tried potent from bare minerals and an eye gel from sephora neither worked help!!!! Lol

  • Beth Wade

    11.05.2013 at 18:32 Reply

    Doesn’t look like you’ve been able to keep up with responses, but I’ll ask anyway…does HAC work over mineral powder foundation? I assume I’d have to use a mineral powder concealer, in addition to the powder bronzer…is that correct? And if so, is it a problem to use a mineral powder concealer with some shimmer (as most have)? Thanks!!

  • Wren

    12.05.2013 at 15:12 Reply

    Do you have any recommendations for more inexpensive options for highlighters and contour bronzers?

  • Jamie

    13.05.2013 at 21:31 Reply

    I’m broke so I’m only able to grab one or two makeup bits at a time and I’m so new to makeup it’s silly. BUT, I did get the mink eyeblender and my teeny upper lip looked much bigger. Will keep practicing since it was a little sloppy, but it inspired me to keep trying the techniques. I tried to contour my checks (without the right stuff) but my cheecks are far more round so I was just confused by it.

  • Miss`Chievous

    15.05.2013 at 20:22 Reply

    You know what, I am not a fan of beauty blogs, but I sure got hooked up on your posts. Adding you to my blogroll. And I can’t wait to try your tricks! Maybe I should start grooming up despite the busy schedule, huh? Thanks!! You are an angel.

  • lolita

    16.05.2013 at 20:51 Reply

    I fucking love you. For real I’m gonna try this tips like… right now. πŸ˜€

  • Lindsey

    19.05.2013 at 10:10 Reply

    What shade of the smashbox Artificial Light Luminizing Lotion did you use?

  • Kaitlyn

    19.05.2013 at 11:49 Reply

    I’m Indian so my skin is medium brown but very blotchy and uneven due to scarring. I have a dark area around my mouth but also areas on my nose where my skin has lightened b.c of eczema. Right now, I use MAC medium-coverage liquid foundation. I would like to start contouring but I don’t know where to begin. I also use black liquid eyeliner and mascara as my normal routine but I feel that the eyeliner makes my naturally large eyes look small. Any advice? I would greatly appreciate your help.

  • Eileen

    21.05.2013 at 13:01 Reply

    That was awesome! You made it look easy, clear instructions, and great personaliy. I’m coming back often for more tutorials! Can’t wait to go try this HAC!!

  • Kelsey

    22.05.2013 at 18:29 Reply

    Hi Cara, love your video! I couldn’t find the blush brush link for the target one, is this one it or is it a different one?


  • Kimberly

    26.05.2013 at 07:21 Reply

    I tried it and looked like a clown! I guess I should start practising! Thank you for the tutorial, you are extremely beautifull!

    Greetings from Belgium.

  • Karissa

    26.05.2013 at 11:00 Reply

    so helpful thank you for sharing!


  • Jenna

    26.05.2013 at 22:26 Reply

    Hello, I cannot find the mink lip liner anywhere! Is there another that is comparable?


  • katie

    27.05.2013 at 21:10 Reply

    I can’t wait to HAC :) What is the brush you used for the concealer?
    Thank you

  • Cynthia

    28.05.2013 at 09:52 Reply

    Seriously, thank you for posting this! I spent a couple of nights practicing HAC and when I finally felt comfortable to give it a try in the morning, EVERYONE noticed the difference. No one could quite put their finger on what exactly was different but I received several compliments and still do because this is how I do my makeup almost everyday. (Yes–I’m addicted to HAC!)

    Thanks again!

  • Jasmine

    29.05.2013 at 07:49 Reply

    Loved this post! Really has helped me and given me a better insight to contouring! x x

  • Shelley

    02.06.2013 at 08:17 Reply

    Cara, I just recently discovered your blog and I am addicted! I have a HAC question for you. I have a very long, thin face with a long pointy chin. What would you recommend for HAC for my face shape?

  • Cairenn

    05.06.2013 at 11:59 Reply

    Wow I love this! I am concerned about finding a contouring color for my skin tone because I have very light skin with pink undertones so most bronzers are too brown as well as too warm. I would love it if you did a HAC tutorial for light/pink skin!

  • Kimmy

    05.06.2013 at 15:44 Reply

    So excited to find your tutorial on Pinterest!! Can’t wait to experiment…..
    What ideas do you have to camouflage the horrid look of under eye swelling?? that is my ‘face issue’ everytime I look in the mirror that is what I see. There must be some HAC secrets for this!! HELP- thanks!!!

  • Tiffany Skye

    07.06.2013 at 00:02 Reply

    Hi cara! Amazing job and looks way easy. My question is….before u HAC do u put reg foundation on all over first?

  • Tiffany Skye

    07.06.2013 at 00:03 Reply

    Do you have a YouTube with tutorials? If so wat is it? Love your looks!

  • Kristen

    07.06.2013 at 07:17 Reply

    Hi, Do you use powder on your face? Or just the bb cream and then highlight and contour?

  • Sravi

    09.06.2013 at 04:19 Reply

    Hi Cara,
    This is an awesome video, sometimes i feel very insecure about my makeup, not even sure if i look good in it. I am definitely gonna try this. I have a few questions though, did u already have your lipstick on before you wer contouring your lips, and if i use a darker lipstick, will i be using the respective lipliner to contour or something else? Also does bahama mama go with everyone or should i choose a different bronzer?
    Thank you :)

  • Suzy

    14.06.2013 at 08:40 Reply

    I just found your blog via Pinterest. This video is amazing. I did not realize the stunning effects of HAC. Thank you for posting this!

  • Brittany Butkiewicz

    18.06.2013 at 11:46 Reply

    Hi Cara,

    I have recently came across your blog via Pinterest and I have been going through your different tips and tricks and I have recently started trying HAC-ing. I have light freckles under my eyes and on my nose and I feel like the HAC-ing makes my skin look a little too fake by covering them up completely. The main thing I am trying to HAC is my non-existent cheekbones and straighten out my nose.

    My second question is do you have any eyeshadow videos I haven’t come across any yet just your smudge eyliner technique which I now use.

    p.s. if I am ever in the Vegas area I am setting up an apt. with you to make me over :)

  • Shannon Lancaster-Commeau

    26.06.2013 at 06:57 Reply

    Could you post a picture of a just a face with where to put everything. I can already see myself forgetting, I have watched the video twice! :-)

    • Shannon Lancaster-Commeau

      26.06.2013 at 07:31 Reply

      Or maybe some written directions I can keep in my bathroom, I wish I could just watch the video everyday in my bathroom while doing it, but I think that might be a little silly to do. HaHa

  • KaLynda

    27.06.2013 at 00:15 Reply

    First of all I would like to say that you are gorgeous. But I wanted to know how often you do highlighting and contouring, and when you do it how long does it take you to do all of your makeup?

  • Amanda

    01.07.2013 at 13:20 Reply

    You have a million comments on here already but I had to comment. I have tried this HAC and I LOVE it. I cannot tell you how many people have noticed a difference when I HAC! My mom even said she wants me to show her how to do it! I am one of those who can never seem to get the same effect when I follow the eyeshadow instructions so I was skeptical I could do this. Surprisingly, it was super easy! Again I love it and I have even been able to freely adjust it for lighter days and events that require a little more make up! Thanks! (Oh I also love your make up suggestion, I have the toughest time finding store make up that works…now I can just come to your site).

  • Rebecca

    06.07.2013 at 09:21 Reply

    I am so glad I found this on Pinterest!! You have anew follower!! Never knew about HAC….I am having family photos done in November and have extreme anxiety about my nose…horrible deviated septum and crooked with a bump! Ugh. Hopefully HAC will be instant plastic surgery hahaha. Thank you…can’t wait to explore your site some more.

  • Tracey

    08.07.2013 at 06:46 Reply

    Great tutorial! Have you considered (or can you recommend tutorials for) makeup for older (40 – 50 ) and/or heavier women? I see some of my friends still doing makeup like they did at 20, and it is harsh on the older woman…

  • Haley

    13.07.2013 at 17:22 Reply

    I never, ever wear make-up, but I like to know tricks to help girls feel really special and I end up doing hair and make-up for others every now and then. This tutorial is wonderful! I did this very quickly on a rainy Saturday evening, and it looks so natural. I will definitely be passing this along to others. And I just used some brown, flat eyeshadow to contour and blended it all with a touch of loose powder afterward.

  • Missy

    16.07.2013 at 13:02 Reply

    Cara! I have a question! I bought the Bahama momma bronzer and it looks grey when I apply it?!? I have medium color and I naturally have a lot of yellow or orange tones in my skin. I put on a medium/ dark BB cream and that’s it. What’s wrong with my bronzer?!

  • paige

    17.07.2013 at 17:37 Reply

    Hi, just asking if you ever used soap and glory bronzer for HACing? If you did, did you like it?

  • Jamie

    19.07.2013 at 08:19 Reply

    Hi Cara,
    I hate to be the negative one on here but I don’t think you’re highlighting and contouring correctly. The whole goal of HAC is to create the illusion of a more symmetrical and balanced face. As everyone has a different face shape, there is not one single one size fits all HAC method. But that is, however, what you are demonstrating for us here.

    You have more of a thin heart shaped type face, so the goal of HAC for you should be to broaden the more narrow lower half of your face to balance out the wider upper half. Instead, you contour the hollows of your cheeks even more, thus making you look older and frail.

    I don’t mean to be harsh but hundreds of people online have seen this and now HAC incorrectly.

  • Donna

    19.07.2013 at 23:17 Reply

    Hi Cara,
    Love the video on HAC! I am 47 and am really beginning to see how ‘make-up’ can help with life’s facial issues. Thank you so much for taking the time to show the rest of us how to do it right. I am enjoying playing with my make up to find just the right look. Keep up the good work! DMS

  • Jen

    20.07.2013 at 13:42 Reply

    I finally tried contouring. I’m fair skinned and using Rimmel bronzer. Today I did my makeup and put on sunglasses and ran some errands. At Ulta, I took off my glasses and my son pointed out that I had brown makeup on the side of my nose. Sure enough, the makeup collected by the nosepiece of my glasses and created a line. Any way to avoid this happening?

  • 2summers2

    21.07.2013 at 17:53 Reply

    I want to order “The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer” but didn’t know if it comes in different shades. I have a fair complexion and don’t know if this color would work on me as well as it works on you. any advice? thanks!

  • Lauren L.

    24.07.2013 at 17:12 Reply

    Hi Cara,
    I know HACing probably works best on a made up face, i.e with foundation and concealer already taken care of, but could you get the same general effect of HACing on a natural Face? Right now i wear blush and highlight my nose and cheekbones most days, but im scared that my face could look dirty if i throw some contouring in the mix. I would really love you opinion.

  • Rosa

    29.07.2013 at 13:38 Reply

    Hi Cara, I have a bunch of questions ! I really found your video very very helpful and i am surely going to try and do my best. But I wanted to know and it might sound like a dumb question but did you have your foundation applied before the highlighting and contouring. I noticed your face looked really smooth and even skin toned so i was wondering if you did apply and how much do you apply can you make a video of your foundation routine please. Also i wanted to know if there are any cheap bronzers that have all the good qualities for contouring, I have a mac bronzer but I notice it does look orangy so I dont know if I should use it. Also for concealer/ highlighting I use either my maybelline cover stick or my recent purchase of hard candy glamoflauge concealer, which one is better or should i buy another. I really can’t afford high end makeup and also dont have transportation to get to the stores so I would like to find a great drugstore highlighter and bronzer. I heard you can use a dark foundation for contouring but im new to all this and I really dont know what to use or what products. If you could answer it would mean so much to me. Thank You!

  • Jane Stavropoulos

    01.08.2013 at 15:51 Reply

    Hi Cara, I just discovered your blog and I love it! I watched your HAC video and I tried it last night with great success. One question, I have blonde hair, medium complexion, with rosacea on my cheeks so I usually wear bronzer instead of blush to minimize the redness. Should I skip the blush step in your system?

  • Stacie

    09.08.2013 at 08:37 Reply

    My first attempt at HACing was a complete FAIL! BUT….. you gave me the confidence to try it on a workday so that’s a win. Back at it again tomorrow!!!

  • Kaili

    09.08.2013 at 13:40 Reply

    I’ve been looking around everywhere and it looks like smashbox no longer sells the Artificial Light Luminizing Lotion in Diffuse. They only have glow and flash. Which one is closest or what is another product that does the same thing?

  • Julie

    11.08.2013 at 15:16 Reply

    I see the pictures, but I don’t see where you tell how to do it!

  • Kay

    11.08.2013 at 18:28 Reply

    I love your HACing video and info. You’ve opening my world to this. CONGRATS on the Allure Blogger of the YEAR 2013!! That’s how I found you!! I’d love to see the whole video – you looked incomplete in this one as I know you were focusing on the HACing but I don’t understand what you do next. Do you use any foundation on top of all of this, otherwise your face color would be primarily the concealer color, contour color and blush color. Would you consider doing an A to Z full HACing from start to finish/out the door video? Thanks so much! HUGS!

  • Jenny

    12.08.2013 at 09:14 Reply

    I really loved your video, I have been struggling lately with HACing after losing some weight in my face; my typical routine isn’t working anymore to give me the look I desire. I am now working with a narrower face and a larger , thinner- looking (and not thinner in a good way) nose and struggling to make everything look defined without making my face look even narrower and my nose look even thinner and bigger and more protruding than it already is — so I found many of the tips in your tutorial very informative as well as your product suggestions. There are so many tutorials out there and you REALLY seem to know what you are talking about and you explain it at a perfect pace~ so kudos for that and thank you!!

    Now my question is : After you finish HACing and applying all of your face makeup and coverage do you ever set it with a powder? I personally feel like I have to in order to make everything “stay in place” , I have weird combination skin, so at times my skin is dry but I can also be on the oilier side ( I can never seem to find the perfect balance with moisturizer and powder to keep my skin looking balanced and good!) So this makes me feel like I need to set my entire face with a a powder after finishing my makeup. The main problem is, that when I do that I feel like it wipes everything away! All the work I have put into (attempting to) HAC, and cover blemishes gets ruined! It’s especially frustrating when I try and cover blemishes, because it makes them more visible and then they are more dried out (and sometimes flaky) looking from placing the powder over top of the concealing I have done! Do you have any advice or suggestions for how to set the face and make everything stay in place without completely ruining, and smudging everything together (again- not ‘smudging’ in a positive sense , I know blending is important but I tend to completely mask the effort of HACing when I powder my face to set it afterward!) , and “uncovering” blemishes in the process – making them even more visible ?!?!?!

    PS- My other issue with using powder to finish up and set everything, is that I am a HUGE fan of Illuminators and doing exactly what you did at the end of the tutorial with applying it over the highlighted area..My goal is always to achieve a dewy look, and I have tried every illuminator out there since I started using makeup as a teenager . But now, as I have entered into my later 20’s , I have had a much harder time with using illuminators, because I feel like I need to powder up and cover up more (my skin changed completely when I entered my late 20’s), so I cannot find a way to achieve the proper coverage and create even-looking skin – that is dewy at the same time ! The powders just seem to matte things down too much!
    I know this was a long response/question so thanks in advance for reading it; I found you very informative, as well as relatable; thanks so much for a great video, and I hope you will have some feedback to my query.

  • Randi

    19.08.2013 at 11:12 Reply

    Hi Cara! I love this video so thank you for posting it! I have been trying HAC for a few weeks now just to experiment with it but don’t seem to be getting the full effect of it so I wonder if I’m missing something. I use Bare Minerals matte loose powder foundation..should I use that before I start HAC or after? Or just skip it all together and just use my BB cream? Thanks!

  • JGx3

    19.08.2013 at 20:52 Reply

    I am blonde, fair skinned, do you think these products will work on my skin tone as well? New to your website and LOVE it!!!

  • Nichole

    21.08.2013 at 22:43 Reply

    What eyeshadow did you use? I love the color!!!

  • Mia

    03.09.2013 at 20:11 Reply

    Hi Cara,
    How might you incorporate YSL’s Touche Eclat for this HAC? Can I use it as a highlighter too or would you just use it as an illuminator? I tried to use it according what the sales person taught me (near the tearduct and blend out and also in the inner socket) and it didn’t quite make a difference..I’d like to bring out my eyes the most. Thanks so much!

  • Kasia B

    04.09.2013 at 01:28 Reply

    Just wanted to say thank you for this tutorial, it’s the most helpful and useful one I’ve come across. I followed your technique for a night out recently and it worked a treat!

  • Amanda

    09.09.2013 at 13:24 Reply

    What do you recommend for someone with very oily skin? The bronzer always seems to smudge on my face, and I lose the whole look of HACing after a few hours. I’ve tried just applying powder throughout the day, but then the highlight and contour completely blends together under the powder, and I get a “blah” look!

  • Jen

    23.09.2013 at 19:30 Reply

    Love your tutorial on HAC! I ordered most of the products but apparently the Smashbox Artificial Light Illumintor has been discontinued. :( Can you recommend something else? Thanks so much! I love, love, love your videos!

  • Judith

    24.09.2013 at 17:09 Reply

    Thanks for all of your great tips, Cara! I’m excited to try HAC out :)

  • Sarah

    04.10.2013 at 07:51 Reply

    Hi Cara, I have been all over the site. I swear there was an HAC products post with makeup recommendations as well as brushes. I used it as a shopping list and wanted to share with a friend, but now I can’t find it. Does this still exist? Thanks!

  • Tara Polk

    15.10.2013 at 15:08 Reply


    Hands down you have the best makeup and hair blog out there. Just a great way to add color, but yet you still can look natural. I have searched the internet high and low and most blogs end up having you put make-up on and I end up looking like a flamingo. Great job on your calling to makeup and hair. I believe it is a gift you have and keep up the good work!

  • Mary

    16.10.2013 at 19:44 Reply

    Love this tutorial…wondering if you had any products to recommend for someone very pale (ivory with pink undertones)….any bronzer is going to look too dark on me, but I would love to try the contouring.

  • Helene

    23.10.2013 at 06:41 Reply

    I did your tutorial and blogged all about it! My first results were no where near as flawless as yours but I got it down! Helene in Between

  • Kyrie

    23.10.2013 at 07:40 Reply

    Can I ask the exact brush you used with the clinique concealer! I need a good one and I don’t know which one to get!

  • Bianca

    30.10.2013 at 20:30 Reply

    Unfortunately, the sephora brush set you listed isn’t available any more. Do you have any other links to brush sets? Thanks!

  • Bianca

    30.10.2013 at 20:31 Reply

    Unfortunately, the sephora brush set you listed isn’t available any more. Do you have any other links to brush sets? Thanks!

  • Ashley

    05.11.2013 at 20:53 Reply

    wow!! finally I get to see how it is done–I am BEYOND happy to have watched this & then I did it the 2nd time watching and I gotta say its perfect! Its quick, easy, light product then BAM beautiful! I used products I already have and brushes very similar to the ones you use and I am happy happy happy

  • Jillian McConville (@Jillian_McConv)

    07.11.2013 at 19:40 Reply

    Hi Cara,
    Could you post a tutorial one how you did your eye makeup in this video? You may already have a tutorial, but I was unable to find it. In that case, could you send me the link or post it here?
    Thank you!!

  • Brooke

    08.11.2013 at 12:56 Reply

    If I use foundatin, I am assuming I put the foundation on before all the HACing?

  • Allyssa

    29.11.2013 at 18:12 Reply

    Do you skip foundation? your face looks perfect before all of this, for someone with super bad acne and needs foundation do they use it first? also, any other (less expensive) recommendations for a contour?

  • Anna

    01.12.2013 at 07:59 Reply

    Hi Cara, I came across your blog via Pinterest (complete coincidence)… I just love it. Thank you for sharing those life saving tips with us.
    I’m sooo addicted to your tutorials now, that I even threw away my make up and bought new stuff.. I’m excited to use it and do the HAC. I love your eye make up on this one, is that from the sephora palette?
    Anyway.. This is really making my day.. Congrats on your new make up line, it looks awesome

  • Bee

    27.12.2013 at 13:27 Reply

    I love HACing!! I have highlighted and colored my hair to be blonde for the longest time, and it was starting to really damage my hair. I found this website and the HACing method right before I darkened my hair. People have told me how the dark brown hair color defines and even slims my face. I still have the same round (baby) face, but the HACing made the difference. No one needs to know that though πŸ˜‰

  • Abbie

    28.01.2014 at 09:39 Reply

    Hi Cara! Just found your blog….WOW!!! So much I did not know! So much to learn! Thank you!! I was wondering. . .does theBalm Bahama Mama bronzer work for all skin tones. I would describe my skin color as a very fair olive. Would you still recommend that or a different bronzer with other hues? Thank you so much!! :)

  • Basma Gaber

    29.06.2014 at 07:58 Reply

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