Highlight and contour? I don’t have time for that. Highlight and contour? I can’t even apply lip liner. Highlight and contour? Seriously, I don’t even know what that is. Okay, that last one is a little far fetched. Highlight and contour has been around for years and is getting more and more popular every day. You can and you will master highlighting and contouring if it is a goal of yours! I want you to tell yourself that, take a deep breath and do a couple stretches. We have this! It’s not as hard as you’re making it out to be so let’s get rid of that myth with this simple “how to” lesson from yours truly.
Concealer, or if you’re fancy a contour palette. You need two shades: one 2-3 shades lighter than your skin tone (for highlighting) and one 2-3 shades darker than your skin tone (for contouring). How much lighter or darker you choose to go is up to you but will also determine how much product you have to use.
Apply your normal face all the way up until you would apply your powder. For example: primer, liquid foundation, HIGHLIGHT AND CONTOUR, and then powder to set your beautiful canvas.
Anywhere you highlight you will draw attention, so if you don’t like your forehead or nose or cheeks, etc don’t highlight there! The general rule is to highlight the middle of your face. So get your concealer and apply product under your eyes in a downward triangle, on the bridge of your nose, and in the middle of your chin. You can also apply between your eyebrows, again in an upside down triangle, for a little extra oomph!
This concealer was applied with the small flat brush shown in the picture above. This is UN-BLENDED. I just made that word up I think. If you don’t know what blending is, pump the breaks on highlight and contour and go look that up first. It’s impossible to highlight and contour without blending!
Next you will add your contour. Contour goes on any part of the face you wish to make look smaller and less noticeable. You can make your face appear skinnier or your nose appear smaller, the possibilities are endless. Contour generally is applied on the sides of the nose, sides of the face (right below your cheek bone), on your jaw line and if you really want to get crazy under your bottom lip. You can contour the two upper corners of your forehead, to make your forehead smaller. I have a really small forehead so normally I would only highlight on that area. However, I did mine this time.
The concealer for the contour is applied with the same kind of brush. I actually use the exact same brush and make sure to wipe it off before I highlight the next time. Now that you have your war paint on and you are totally ready to go take on your day, you’re done! Enjoy! Totally kidding, sit back down and get blending woman! Enlist the help of your favorite blending bud and let’s put that wrist to work!
Blend the areas with the highlight first. Once the highlight is blended it should look a little something like this:
See, we’re starting to look normal. You got scared I didn’t know what I was doing for a second didn’t you? Also notice my handy dandy pink blending bud. Snagged this little guy from Walgreens for $5! Okay, now time to blend the contour! You should look really normal after this, check it out:
See, totally normal, minus the golden goddess look. You are ready to set with your powder and finish the rest of your face! You can blend after you apply your highlight and then move on to contouring, however, I prefer to apply them both and then blend all at once. Whatever floats your boat! At first, this may take a good 10 minutes but once you master it you will be highlight and contour ready in 5 minutes or less. Now let’s see those beautiful faces. Somebody tell me your favorite products? Mine are Younique of course.
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