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Showing posts with label highlighting and contouring. Show all posts
Showing posts with label highlighting and contouring. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Step by Step Highlight & Contour

A couple days ago I posted about highlight & contour products. Okay, so you have the tools, but what now what do you do with them? A lot of you may have questions on how to achieve a contoured face. I know you have all seen the crazy looking images out there with the harsh lines of bronzer and highlighter all over the face, but how many of you actually know what it's for? That's why I'm here to help!
Below are two images of Nicole Guerierro with her face highlighted and contoured before blending. These images were screen shot from her video How To Highlight and Contour where she shows you the left half of her face in drug store products and the right half of her face in high end products. Please note that people highlight and contour many different ways, so this is not the only way to highlight and contour, it's just a good reference.
For those of you that don't know, highlighting is a technique to accentuate specific areas of your face and to help bring specific areas forward whereas contouring is the opposite. Contouring is to almost hide certain areas or push them back. It is basically a way of creating the illusion that your face is exactly how you want it to be (i.e. high cheek bones, smaller forehead, smaller nose) So what are all these lines of bronzer and blotches of highlighter all over her face?
First, let's start with the bronzer. The 3 lines on the sides of her forehead, once blended, will make her forehead appear smaller than it is. The lines down the bridge of her nose will make her nose appear slimmer than it is. The slanted line in the middle of her face going from her ear to the middle of her cheek is to make her cheekbones look higher and her face look slimmer. The lines on her jaw and chin, as shown in the image of her side profile, will make her jaw appear more chiseled and if she has a double chin, it will make the illusion that there is no double chin. 
The highlighter on the other hand, as mentioned above, are the things you want to stand out. The spot in the middle of her forehead is to accentuate that part of her forehead. The line of highlight (or concealer) down the middle of the bridge of her nose is to make it look like that is . The triangular shape underneath her eye is to conceal dark circles and make her under eye area appear bright, making her look more awake. The highlight line just under her cheek bone is called a reverse contour, not everyone does this, but this is to make your cheek contour stand out and look more defined. The small spot on her chin is to make everything kind of go together. If her chin was all bronzed out, it would look a little odd. You need to balance your face so highlighting your chin gives you that balance. 
Quick tip: When using bronzer, be sure it's a matte bronzer and not a shimmery one. A matte bronzer is meant for contouring. A shimmery bronzer will make your face just look muddy and your face will appear more full, giving you the opposite effect of contouring.
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Highlighting and Contouring: Make-up 101

Make-up works wonders! If worn properly, it can hide all the right angles and bring out those that you want to accentuate. Highlighting and contouring has become extremely popular in the world of make-up artistry. Let's first explain what highlighting and contouring is. Highlighting is making certain areas of your face lighter to bring those features forward and bring attention to them, whereas contouring is making areas darker to set back and retract attention from those areas.

I have to admit, I feel like I'm putting on war paint or Indian paint when doing this because before the makeup is blended, it looks like a bunch of harsh thick lines all over your face. It looks super funny at first, but once it's blended it looks FAB! Truthfully, many people say that contouring gives the illusion of plastic surgery, altering parts of the face to look smaller or bigger. Who would want to go through plastic surgey when you can just contour?! Here's an example showing why I feel like I'm putting on war paint:

She looks gorgeous after the makeup is blended in! But the before picture can be a little intimidating if you've never contoured before. Don't be alarmed!

Above I mentioned contouring and highlighting can make you look like you've had plastic surgery, below is a picture that you can  tell there is a difference in the facial features. The end result gives her a slimmer face because of the contoured cheeks and her nose looks a lot smaller. Incredible, right?!
So how do you achieve this look with highlighting and contouring? Well, for starters - get the right products. There are a million different products out there that you can use, but the ones I use are NYX matte bronzer powder for the contour and I use my NYX HD Photogenic concealer in beige (about two shades lighter than my skintone) for my highlighter. I set my highlight with NYX illuminator powder in Ritualistic. These are all drugstore products for all you bargain beauties!

But I'm starting to dabble in the high end makeup, so I will update once I use those products. I heard MAC Pro Longwear concealer is great for highlighting so I might try that next! In any case, there are tons of products to choose from, you just have to find the ones that work for you. There are both liquid and powder highlighters, illuminators, and some people just use concealer. For contour they have cream and powder products. I'm always overwhelmed when going to get makeup because there are SO many options! But just do some research to see which one you would like best! Or if worst comes to worst, do some trial and error. Makeup is all about practice and trying new things, so don't be afraid to venture out of your comfort zone or your normal, everyday make-up look.

There are tons of tutorials on YouTube for contouring, but as far as where to put the highlight and where to put the contour, below is a guide for you. Highlight under your eyes, the center of your forehead, down the middle of your nose, cupids bow, middle of your chin, and under your cheek.

To contour, I do my cheeks, the sides of my chin, each side of my nose, the sides of my forehead, and I know this picture doesn't show it, but I also do the top of my forehead near my hair line.
I hope I made this easy enough for you to follow. If you have any questions please email me at

*Note: I do not own any of these photos*