Contouring and highlighting are makeup techniques that can help you enhance your facial features and create the illusion of a more sculpted and radiant face. While these techniques have been around for a while, they can be a bit tricky to master. In this article, we will be discussing how to properly contour and highlight your face.
Contouring and highlighting are all about creating shadows and highlights on your face to accentuate your features. Contouring is about creating shadows to make certain areas of the face appear more defined and chiseled. Highlighting, on the other hand, is about adding light and shine to the high points of the face to create a more radiant and glowing look. To properly contour and highlight, you will need a contouring and highlighting kit that typically consists of a contouring powder/cream, a highlighter, and a brush.
Start by applying a primer to your face to even out your skin texture and create a smooth canvas for your makeup. Next, use your foundation to cover your face and neck. Blend the foundation evenly and make sure you have covered all the areas. Once your foundation is set, you can start with contouring.
Contouring should be done using a matte powder or cream that is about two shades darker than your skin tone. To find the right shade, you can swatch them on your jawline and see which blends better with your skin tone. Apply contouring powder/cream to the areas that you want to sculpt and define. These areas include the hollows of your cheeks, temples, jawline, and sides of the nose. Use your brush to blend the product well and make sure there are no harsh lines. Blending is the key to a natural-looking contour, so take your time and blend well.
Next, it’s time to highlight your face. Highlighting should be done using a shimmery powder or cream that is about two shades lighter than your skin tone. Highlight the high points of your face, like the tops of your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, your cupid’s bow, and the brow bone. Blend the highlighter well with your brush to avoid any harsh lines.
Now that you have contoured and highlighted your face, it’s time to set your makeup with a setting powder. A setting powder will help to keep your makeup in place and prevent it from smudging throughout the day. Finish off your look by using a setting spray, this will keep your makeup looking fresh and radiant for longer.
In conclusion, contouring and highlighting are simple techniques to enhance your facial features and create a more sculpted and radiant look. With the right products and brushes, anyone can achieve this look in just a few simple steps. Remember, the key to a natural-looking contour is blending and using the right shade for your skin tone. So, practice makes perfect and before you know it, you’ll be contouring and highlighting like a pro!