A Guide to Contouring and Highlighting Your Face

When it comes to make up, one of the most significant things you can do to change your appearance is by contouring and highlighting. For those of you unfamiliar with this technique, contouring and highlighting is all about creating shadows and light on your face to enhance your natural features. Using these methods can really help to emphasize your cheek bones, create the illusion of a slimmer face, or even change the shape of your nose. Just because contouring and highlighting is a technique used by professional makeup artists, doesn’t mean you can’t master it in the comfort of your own home.

For starters you will need to choose the makeup you are going to use. Anastasia by Beverly Hills offers one of the best contouring and highlighting kits on the market but there are plenty of other options as well. For your highlight, choose a very light and shimmery color. For the contour choose a color that is at least two to three shades darker than the color of your foundation.

Apply your foundation and concealer as you normally would. Make sure to cover up any blemishes thoroughly because it will make a huge impact on the look overall. If you’re using a liquid foundation, its best to choose a darker shade of contour because it will take more for the makeup to show up on a liquid base. Now it’s time to get to business, take your contour and apply it just below your cheekbones. Remember the point of contouring is to make your cheek bones stand out so by creating a shadow just below them, they will stand out immediately. After you have applied your contour to both sides, take your highlighter and apply it above the cheekbones so that the actual cheekbones are framed between the contour and the highlight. Make sure you’re blending your makeup in thoroughly as you go! You want it to look as natural as possible and having harsh lines will detract from the overall look.

Next, it’s up to you to determine what other parts of your face you want to highlight or contour. Most people choose to contour their jawline, their forehead and their nose. For any of these just, brush on your contour to these areas and blend your makeup. To contour your nose, take your contour and brush it along both sides of your nose. Blend it upwards towards your eyebrows. Now take your highlight and brush it onto the bridge of your nose. Also, never forget to highlight your cupid’s bow, (the little dip on your upper lip!) this will help to create a really pretty and soft look around your lips.

Because contouring and highlighting is very visual, it’s helpful to watch a video about how to achieve the look. There are tons of tutorials on YouTube and Instagram so make sure to check them out! Last but not least, never forget that practice makes perfect so don’t worry if your makeup doesn’t turn out perfectly the first time around. You’ll be sure to get the look down with a few tries!


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