5 General Tips to Contouring and Highlighting

Thanks Melissa for being a model


I had the luxury of sitting in while my co worker Melissa got dolled up for a wedding. I decided to take full advantage of the opportunity to snap a picture and get some advice from my friend and makeup artist, Preet on  general tips on contouring and highlighting. Melissa really wanted a very natural look so contouring and highlighting are very subtle. Enjoy the read.

What is contouring
& highlighting?

 Contouring can be defined as
strategically placing a darker shade of foundation or concealer to areas of the
face to enhance facial structure and to give it definition. Highlighting refers
to applying a lighter foundation or concealer on areas of the face that would
naturally reflect light, giving the face a soft glow. A little goes a long way,
so here are my how to’s…




1.       Starting

Depending on how defined a contour and highlight is desired, you first need to
establish what products will work best for you. Both contouring and
highlighting can be achieved with either creams or powders. Personally, I find
creams easier to work with, as they are buildable and allow you to blend
effortlessly. Powders provide a more subtle and matte finish which is great for
an everyday look. Choose a foundation color 2-3 shades darker and lighter than
your own complexion.



2.      Tools needed
Foundation brushes and/or beauty blenders (sponge) are crucial to achieving a
flawless and blended look. A slightly damp beauty blender works well with cream
based products to ensure that the foundation or concealer is well blended while
securing the right brush will help with an even and distribution of powder
based products



3.      Face mapping
 After your regular foundation
application routine, you are now ready to contour & highlight. Now, this
could go very wrong if the placement of the makeup is incorrect, however with
practice I’ve learnt that the placement is pretty universal, but how much or
how little will depend on the individual’s face shape.



a.      With
your foundation brush or sponge, first draw the contour lines along the: cheek
bone, jawline, perimeter of the forehead, outer ridges of the nose (along the
bridge), and under the lip.



b.      With
your second foundation brush or sponge, draw your highlight lines on: center of
forehead, own the bridge of the nose, cupids bow, chin and underneath the eyes
& cheekbones. Now blend!!! The lines shouldn’t be visible; the overall look
should appear seamless!



4.      Setting your product
 If you used powder to contour, then you
could stop here. When working with cream based products I recommend setting it
with a powder in the same shade as the contour and highlight, as this will not
only set but ensure your makeup lasts longer.



5.      Contouring/Highlighting a darker complexion
 The opposite can be true when contouring
and highlighting on a very deep complexion. Depending on how deep the
complexion, you could skip the contour foundation step and go directly to highlighting.
After you apply your usual foundation, next find a foundation cream, concealer
or powder that is a couple of shades lighter than the darkest part of your
face. Apply this color to the areas of the face where light would naturally
reflect: cheekbones, bridge of the nose, center of forehead & chin and
blend then set with powder of same color.


Sincerely Preet

Hoped you enjoyed the post

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 *Preet of Bindi Studio, is a freelance hair and
makeup artist and the views and opinions on this blog post are solely hers.

See the finished product and find Preet on instagram @bindistudio






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    • SincerelyMissJ
      September 4, 2015 / 9:59 pm

      Thank you Hara! Thank you for sharing your blog,. Will be sure to creep on you now.

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    September 3, 2015 / 9:25 pm

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    • SincerelyMissJ
      September 4, 2015 / 9:59 pm

      Thanks for the comment Jenny. Will share that shortly

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      September 6, 2015 / 2:15 pm

      You can also see the finished product on her instagram @bindistudio. She has all her before and after pictures. Thanks again for reading.

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