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The Art of Contouring & Highlighting

Highlighting and Contouring Quick Guide

These tricks to help certain features stand out. Using these simple techniques, you’ll be able to emphasize your angles using bronzer, blush, and highlighter.

BRUSH: Before you can think of contouring, you need the right tools. In my opinion, an angled brush is your best bet. I recommend MAC’s 168 Large Angled Contour Brush. It works great for both blush and bronzer, so you’re really getting your money’s worth.

BRONZER: Bronzer is amazing for contouring because it is usually a shade or two darker than your actual skin tone. Once you’ve picked one out, here are the places to apply:

  • Diagonally under your cheekbones or parallel to your jaw line. This will really make your cheekbones pop.
  • On the sides of your nose from the bridge straight down. This will make your nose appear longer and thinner. Blending here is key.
  • On your jaw line and under your chin, which will make your round face look more elongated, and who doesn’t want that?

BLUSH: This should go one level above where you applied the bronzer on your cheeks, so parallel to your jaw line. This will really make the apples of your cheeks stand out.

Find a blush that prominently shows up on your skin tone. Cream textured blush is amazing for dry skin and the applicator shape makes it easy to apply at the angle desired.

HIGHLIGHTER:  Highlighters are every makeup artist’s secret trick. Here’s how to apply:

  • Add a dab to the bottom and top portion of your lips to make their shape more prominent.
  • Cover a small bump on top of your nose (this trick is used frequently by stars like Kim Kardashian and Jessica Simpson).
  • Apply to your brow bones.
  • Make your cheekbones stand out even more by adding highlighter above your blush. For extra glow, add a touch to the apples of your cheeks over your blush.

There are many other areas you can shade and highlight. here is a photo so you can practise, play & perfect at home!

 From here on out, you will start to look at pictures of celebrities differently. You’ll notice the line of bronzer, blush, and then highlighter as you glance from the inner to the outer portion of their faces. Be warned: It’s a trick that takes practice to fit your specific face shape. But once you master it, you’ll feel like you’re red carpet ready—I know I do!