Is this make up technique really necessary?
Do I need a pro to help me pull this off?
Can I rock this every day?
Highlighting and contouring are makeup techniques that have gained attention lately. They can be used to enhance your bone structure and give you an illusion of a well-structured face by making your cheekbones more pronounced, jaw more angular and forehead and nose smaller. Who wouldn’t want this?
This can be done dramatically or less dramatically depending on the result you want to achieve. One can pull off a less dramatic look of this technique so as to rock it every day.
This tutorial will show you how to use foundation, concealer, and powder to put a spotlight on your natural gorgeousness.
to contour and highlight, You will need:
- Foundation in your normal shade.
- A concealer two shades lighter than your skin tone.
- A concealer two shades darker than your skin tone.
- Setting Powder
- A concealer brush
- Beauty Blender
- Wedge Sponge
Note: choose a concealer two shades lighter than your skin tone for highlighting and a concealer two shades darker for contouring.
Let’s get to it!
To begin, cleanse, moisturize and prime your skin. Apply foundation all over your face with a foundation brush. Blend your foundation to about midway down your neck. This makes the difference between the face and neck less stark.
Next, highlight the face using a concealer brush. Apply the lighter shade of the concealer under your eye area, down the bridge of your nose, center of your forehead, middle of your upper lip, center of your chin. Using what is left on the concealer brush apply the concealer right above your jawline.
To contour apply the darker shade of concealer on the sides of your nose, right under your cheekbones and just a little around your hairline. Use this simplified map below to determine where to highlight and where to contour (areas to highlight are in a lighter shade of brown whereas areas to contour are in a deeper shade of brown):
Blend! Blend! Blend!! This can be done using a beauty blender. Blend your makeup until there is no visible line of demarcation between the highlighter, concealer and your foundation to achieve a seamless finish.
Set the highlights with setting powder using a wedge sponge and set the contoured areas using a darker shade of setting powder with a contour brush. Now apply finishing powder to entire face to further blend your highlights and contours and to also get rid of any excess shine. Add a simple touch of color to your lips and you are good to go.
Hope you are ready for a zillion compliments!