How to Highlight/Contour your Face

Highlighting/Contouring is the hottest thing on the makeup scene right now. If you were blessed with naturally chiseled cheekbones and a structured jawline, then lucky you. But for those who need a little sculpting in that department, let this step-by-step map be your guide on contouring like a pro.

You’ll need:
• Foundation darker than your skintone.
• Foundation lighter than your skintone.
• Highlighing concealer.
• Brow powder in a dark shade.
• Flat-top brush.
• Foundation brush.
• Angled brush.
• Setting powder.
• Blush if desired.

1. Prep your face with two shades of base.
Dot on a foundation that’s one shade lighter than your skin tone in the center of your face, and another that’s one shade darker than your complexion around the perimeter.

2. Blend the two shades. 
Using a flat-top blending brush with natural and synthetic bristles, blend the two shades on your face to create the subtle illusion of depth and dimension.

3. Map the contours and highlights of your face.
Mark the areas you want to contour — the hollows under your cheekbones, your temples, along your hairline, jawline, the sides of your nose, the tip of the nose, and the crease of your eyes — with a deeply-colored brow gel pencil. Brow gel pencils are really concentrated, yet very smudgeable and it’s easy to control the placement of their dark pigment, making it perfect for contouring.

Next, use an all-over cream highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones, on the center of your forehead, the bridge of your nose, the center of your chin, and on your cupids bow.

4. Blend the two for a flawless finish. Create that sculpted airbrushed effect using a flat-top dense brush to buff out the two shades to perfection and consider yourself contoured!

And if you really want to make your contouring stand out, use a sparkly highlighter, which will reflect the most light. Then for your bronzer (in this case- brow gel), go for a matte finish, which will absorb light and create a stark contrast.

Let us know how it tried out for you.

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