If you’re wondering how contouring and highlighting actually work and feel like you’re alone in the dark, believe me, you’re not alone. The art of the contour is something that many a makeup artist has practiced, practiced, practiced for many hours on end before they’ve been able to get it right.
Contouring in makeup isn’t new by any means. It’s been around for years and has been the makeup industry’s best kept secret until the advent of the Internet, Youtube and Social Media. Frankly, I think this is wonderful and I am so grateful for their tutorials and blog posts. I learned about contouring and highlighting a few years ago when I was introduced to Kevyn Aucoin’s books Face Forward and Making Faces. I highly recommend them to anyone who is interested in learning how to create different makeup styles.
If you take a look at the above image, you’ll see that there are different ways to contour different facial shapes. I would definitely recommend visiting Makeup Tutorials.com to check out the tips and tricks they have on their site. Very practical, easy to follow and it’s a personal favorite reference of mine.
Now, when it comes to contouring and highlighting, the magic word is “practice.” Don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t come out the way you want the first time. Nothing was built successfully in a day, and there is always a fair amount of trial and error someone has to go through when building their skillset.
Here are a few tips:
- Highlighter should be one to two shades lighter than your skin tone. Highlighting is used to “lift” certain areas of the face, and if it’s the same color as your skin tone or foundation, you won’t get the effect you’re reaching for.
- When it comes to applying highlighter, apply on the areas of the face where light hits and is more prominent. These ares are: bridge of the nose, forehead, chin, inner corner of the eyes, the cheekbones and the cupid’s bow of your upper lip.
- Contouring shades should be two shades deeper than your skin ( this also applies to bronzer if you’re using it for your contour ). It’s totally up to you if you want to use a matte contour palette ( creamy or powder ). Some people like to use bronzer to glow things up.
- The art of defining the face by working with shadows on your face is pretty much what contouring is. Usually, it is applied around the hair line, under the cheekbones, the sides of the nose, underneath the tip of the nose and around the jawline. It depends on what look you’re going for.
- Blending is the key to making your look work and appear seamless. Do some research, buy a good blending brush ( and or sponge ) and practice until you’ve got it where you like it.
Here are a few contour and highlighting products I definitely recommend that will help you get started:
- NYX Born To Glow Highlighting Palette: This is so beautiful; I love every shade in this palette.
- Maybelline Master Camo Palette: This is great because it also has color correcting shades in it.
- Freedom Makeup HD Highlight Contour Set with Double End Brush: This is a great set, because it comes with plenty of shades and a great brush to get you started.
- Makeup Revolution Pro HD Palette “The Works” in Light Medium and Medium Dark. I love the versatility of this palette. It pretty much has all the things you need to get started contouring and highlighting.
We would love to see how you get your contour and highlight on! Post your looks on Social Media and use hashtag #Just4GirlsPK to share with us!
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