How to Contour and Highlight

Contour or not to Contour?

There are a lot of mixed emotions when it comes to contouring and highlighting. Some find it interesting to learn about the process, some are more curious about its purpose and others are amazed at the finished results.

There are those that view makeup with a more conservative approach and think it’s simply too much. While on the other hands, makeup lovers everywhere maintain a more “beat” approach and know that your makeup is incomplete without it.

A “beat” face for some means painting on an entirely new face and for others, it means enhancing your best features. No matter the approach, the end goals is to create a look that is “Beat for the Gawds.”

Why Contour?

The purpose of contouring is to enhance your facial features. This achieved by using contouring makeup to slim your nose, highlight your cheekbones and sculpt your face. it’s not a technique that involves piling on layer after layer of hideous dark makeup.

There are a lot of brands out there with great products that make contouring easy. You don;t have to go searching for tons of products such as different shades of concealer and the perfect translucent powder to set your makeup.  You can if you would, but for some of those who are opting for a more simple approach, I got you covered.

Top 2 Contour Palette’s

  1. Ulta Beauty Contour Kit $18
  2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit
Ulta Contour Kit
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The right tools

These tools are optional and either one will suffice:

  1. A Beauty Blender
  2. Any contouring, sculpting and or blending brushes
Contour Cheat sheet
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Here are two tips for contouring and highlight:

  1. When contouring avoid using colors that are too red or orange. You should always use a color that is one shade darker than your skin tone to contour.
  2. When highlighting use a shade that is almost the same color of your skin, but that has a little shine.
  3. Know your facial features. Contouring can be used to sculpt areas of the face like your cheekbones, slim your nose, and your face.
  4. Highlighting should be done to the areas in which you would like the light to hit your face.
  5. Don’t forget to blend and use blush.
The right tools for contouring
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Summer Tinch

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