This post ends Purnima’s wait. Contouring and highlighting are those two aspects of makeup which are considered to be the trickiest by many. Whether you are an expert or just learning the ropes of makeup, some good tips never hurt.
Let us start
Here are the steps of contouring
Step 1 – Cleanse and prime your face with the products of your choice. Apply you favourite foundation and concealer to get the perfect contouring canvas.
Step 2 -You can either contour or highlight first. I’ll start with contouring. Choose a contouring cream or powder which is at least 2 shades darker than your skin. Take the contouring product on your makeup brush and swirl it on the sides of forehead, under your cheekbones and under your jawline. Also sweep both the sides of your nose.
Step 3 -Now begin highlighting your face. Load your brush with the cream or powder highlighter of your choice. Begin by highlighting your T-zone that is highlight the centre of your forehead and nasal bridge. Now highlight the area under your brows going all the way to the apples of your cheeks. Don’t forget to highlight your chin and the lower cheek area (just under the contoured area).
Step 4 – Blend, blend and blend some more. It is very important to blend perfectly otherwise you will look patchy. You can use fluffy blender brush or beauty sponge for the perfect blending.
The Basic Tips
If all the steps above seem like a task you, remember the very basic of highlighting and contouring. Draw ‘E’ for contouring, start at your hairline above your eyebrow, the middle line of the E should be drawn at the hollow of your cheek (suck in your cheeks), and the bottom line should follow your jaw line. Create a C shape for highlighting, starting from forehead area under the contour-line and go on to trace the apple of your cheeks.
Though cream products do not suit all skin types but they give better finish and last longer compared to the powder makeup. If you have good skin then you can do a little more. First contour and highlight with cream products and then trace the lines with contouring powder and powder highlighter. This will increase the staying power of your makeup.
Now do the rest of your makeup as usual. Apply your favourite eye makeup, blush, and lipstick. Set your makeup with a loose powder.
The basic idea behind highlighting and contouring is to enhance your features. Check yourself in a mirror and pay attention to the areas which catch maximum and minimum light. Highlight the areas that catch light naturally and contour the darker looking areas.
Highlighting makes your face look brighter and contouring makes you look chiselled.
Perfecting these techniques takes a little practice but when you learn it, you will be a lot happier with your look.
You also might like to check out the video
Did you know how to contour and highlight perfectly?
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