Basics: Contouring and Highlighting!

Highlighting and contouring are two crafty li’l 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. And here’s how you can do it all by yourself.

What you’ll need:

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1. Liquid Foundation in your normal skin shade
2. Liquid concealer or foundation in a slightly lighter shade than your own
3. Liquid concealer or foundation in a slightly darker shade than your own
4. Highlighting concealer
5. Setting powder
6. Blush
7. A beauty sponge
8. Two brushes: One flat and one angeled.

The following simple steps will show you how to use foundation, concealer and powder to put a spotlight on your natural gorgeousness. Let’s get to it!

Step 1: FOUNDATION

After cleaning and moisturizing your skin, apply your foundation as normal using your foundation tool- flat brush.
This provides basic coverage and gives your face a base. It will also make sure you’re comfortable with your skin, even as you apply the highlighter.

Step 2: LIGHTER FOUNDATION

Use a shade of foundation that is a shade or two lighter than your skin, in noticeable contrast to your normal foundation.
Donot use shades drastically contrasting to your skin tone!

Use a sponge to apply the lighter foundation on the center of your forehead.
In ‘T shape’ taper to a thin line as you move down the center of your nose. Continue the line in the dip right above your lips.
Apply a finger-width’s amount from the outer edge of your eye, underneath your eye and widening to cover the outer edge of your nose making a ‘C shape’.
Always ensure it’s even on both sides. Apply a small circle on your chin and under the outer arches of your eyebrows.”

Step 3: CONTOUR COLOR

Using a bronzer (Or, if you’re light skinned, using a powder color that’s about two shades darker than your normal skin color), start the contouring process.

Dip your angeled brush in your contouring color. Apply to the outer edges of your chin. Apply in a thin line between the highlighted areas of your nose and over eyelids. Apply to the very outer edges of each side of your forehead.
For cheeks, contour by starting at the cheekbone around the middle of your eye and following your cheekbone towards your ear.

Step 4: HIGHLIGHT

A powder or concealer highlighter will allow you to accentuate any features you want to make pop.
Highlighting just under your cheekbone contour, but you can also highlight your forehead, nose bridge and more to make your skin glow.

The basic approach is you usually highlight on the inner sections of your face, such as under your eyes, the center of the nose and forehead, middle of the chin and just under your eyebrows.
These are typically darker areas that make your face seem puffy or sunken in. By highlighting, your face seems brighter, healthier and fuller.

Step 5: STEP BACK AND OBSERVE

Are there any spots you’ve missed? Do you need to blend more? Stepping back and giving your newly contoured face the once-over can make the difference between clunky makeup and a beautiful face.
Use your setting powder to blend in places you feel look inappropriate.

Refer below for the basic highlighting and contouring areas!

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Quick tips!
Mixing highlighting and contouring helps to bring out your most prominent features while erasing flaws. For instance, you can draw attention to your eyes while removing dark under-eye circles.
If you think your nose is too slim, highlighting the center and part of each side helps to widen, while contouring the outer edge slightly gives your now-wider nose more definition.

Refer to the below to contour according to your face shape.

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A quick NOTE:
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!

Follow these easy-to-do steps and you won’t require to go to a stylist anymore!

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