How to Contour and Highlight Your Face

Hiring a pricey makeup artist just isn’t a viable option for some of us. But you don’t need a pro to achieve next-level makeup that’ll make you look like a million bucks!

Highlighting and contouring are two crafty tricks that you can use to enhance your bone structure and make it look like you’re constantly under the most flattering movie lighting possible. Even if you’re not going to an event, it’s fun to experiment with elements of drama in your makeup. This post will hopefully show you how to use foundation, concealer, and powder to put a spotlight on your natural gorgeousness.

What you’ll need:

A note on picking your contour and highlight colors: Don’t choose shades that are drastically lighter or darker than your natural skin tone. If you have fair skin, use a very light shade to highlight and a fair to medium color to contour. If you have darker skin, use a medium-toned highlight and a contour slightly deeper than your skin color. If you have very dark skin and can’t find a deeper shade of foundation to contour with, a dark eye shadow will do the trick!

How to do it:

Step One:

After cleaning and moisturizing your skin, apply your foundation all over your face using a foundation brush or your fingers.

Step Two:

Blend your foundation to about midway down your neck. Since skin is naturally darker there, this step makes the difference between the face and neck less stark.

Step Three: 

Mix your lighter concealer or foundation with your regular foundation using a brush or your fingers.

Using a concealer brush or your fingers, apply the lighter makeup mixture to your T-zone (the area right above your eyebrows and the spot between them, if you have one; down the center of your nose; the middle of your upper lip; and the middle of your chin), your under-eye area, and right above your cheekbones.

Step Four:

Paint a thin line with this highlighting mixture right above your jawline.

Step Five:

Use a brush, sponge, or your fingers to blend your makeup until there is no visible line of demarcation between the highlighter and your foundation. You want this to look seamless.

Step Six:

The “contour,” or darker makeup, goes on the sides of your nose, right under your cheekbones, and around your hairline (the darkest areas). Then Blend it all.

Step Seven:

Apply finishing powder to your whole face to get rid of any excess shine and set your makeup.

Step Eight:

Add blush to your cheeks, moving upward from the apples to your temples, which are the pinkest parts.

And that’s it! 

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