Highlighting and Contouring

Highlighting and Contouring

Highlighting and contouring have been the biggest rave for makeup enthusiasts in the global world. Using this method has been regarded warmly by the makeup environment for a long time, but it surely was not a favorite until superstars like the Kardashian sisters began to discuss the beauty ideas via general public multimedia. Today, you will discover how to highlight and contour completely like the beloved celebrities do!
Tools required:
Concealer/ foundation (powder or cream based) (1-2 colors lighter, 1-2 hues darker than skin area build )
Blending sponge or brush
*Optional: translucent powder, setting up spray

Let’s get on with our Highlighting and Contouring-

Stage 1: Determining your face shape:

Determining your face shape is the primary and most crucial step whenever you think of contouring and highlighting. First thing first, there is a different placement of the highlight and contour on different face shapes relatively.
There are six confront face shapes to consider at the moment which distinguishes each face type: Oval, Long, Round, Square, Heart, and Diamond. They are shown in the picture presented to help determine what face shape you possess.

face shapes | highlighting and contouring
face shapes | highlighting and contouring

Step 2: Start Contouring

When you contour, you can use a foundation or a concealer, cream based or powder based products. You can also use a combination of them, it is all up to you. You will have to make sure that you have a concealer which one to two shades lighter/fairer than your skin tone and one different concealer (or foundation, powder) which is one to two shades darker than your skin tone.

With your concealer which is lighter, you will want to place it in the areas where you will want to bring forward, put emphasis on or to simply conceal. These areas for most people are the bridge of the nose, chin, under eye area and the middle of the forehead.

Now, with the darker shade concealer, you will have to place it in areas where you want to add shadow effect or put more depth. For most people, these areas would be the sides of the nose, the jaw line, hollows of the cheeks, the temples and the border of the forehead.

You can opt to contour your eyes and neck as well. Refer to the above picture to get the accurate idea of the best placements of each item.

routine | highlighting and contouring
routine | highlighting and contouring

Step 3: Blend!

This step is the least complicated and the most significant!

You have to blend out all the defined lines you created in the step before. Your Contour has to look as natural and effortless as possible. You can use a blending brush to blend or a beauty blender sponge (make sure it’s damp).

When you are done with blending, make sure that you set your makeup with a translucent powder so that your makeup does not wipe off easily. Use the setting powder only if you used cream/foundation to contour. If you used powder to contour, you don’t need to add another layer of setting powder. This method of using the translucent powder is also called “baking”.

blending | highlighting and contouring
blending | highlighting and contouring

Step 4: Highlighting

Highlighting, also sometimes known as “strobing” is a favorite in the makeup community.

The highlighter can be of any color or shade. Highlighters come in the form of powders, creams, and liquids. A highlighter will give you a natural glow on your face which will make you look younger, lifted up and polished.

The areas where you will have to put the highlighter is your cheekbones, bridge of your nose, tip of your nose, chin, cupids bow (to make your lips look plump), and above your temples by your eyebrows. You can also take it a step further and highlight the inner corners of your eyes (to open up your eyes) and your brow bone (to make it look cleaner).

Highlighting can give a lustrous effect to your makeup look, or simply add that little bit of sparkle you need to brighten up your face and your day!

Complete look | highlighting and contouring
Complete look | highlighting and contouring

Step 5: Finished!

You’re done with the routine!

Now you can finish the rest of your makeup like your eyes and lips! With practice, you will learn more about what is best for your skin type and skin color. It is very important to blend, blend, and blend. Remember, the blender is your friend!

You can use drug store products (which aren’t bad) or high-end products, both will do wonders. It is all about preference! Your makeup should help in making you feel confident and empowered. So, whichever look you choose, make sure you’re comfortable with it.

Additional Tip: Buy a setting spray. This is optional, but it is highly recommended and beneficial. A setting spray will help your makeup last long and help in keeping everything look natural and not “cakey” (MAC’s fix plus is a popular setting spray).


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