Contouring and highlighting can enhance your facial features and create a more sculpted, defined look. Here are some tips on how to contour and highlight like a pro:
- Start with a clean, moisturized face: Contouring and highlighting work best on a smooth, even canvas. Make sure to cleanse and moisturize your face before applying any makeup.
- Choose the right products: Choose a contour shade that is 1-2 shades darker than your skin tone and a highlight shade that is 1-2 shades lighter. Use cream products for a more natural, blended look, or powder products for a more dramatic effect.
- Determine your face shape: Different face shapes require different contouring and highlighting techniques. Determine your face shape (oval, round, square, heart-shaped, etc.) to figure out which areas to contour and highlight.
- Map out your face: Use a light-coloured pencil or cream product to map out the areas you want to contour and highlight. Draw a line along your cheekbones, jawline, temples, and the bridge of your nose for contouring, and a triangle under your eyes, down the centre of your nose, and on the high points of your face (forehead, cheekbones, cupid's bow) for highlighting.
- Blend, blend, blend: The key to a flawless contour and highlight is blending. Use a damp beauty sponge or a fluffy brush to blend out the contour and highlight lines, making sure there are no harsh lines or streaks.
- Set your makeup: Set your makeup with a translucent powder to help it last longer and prevent it from smudging or fading throughout the day.
- Practice, practice, practice: Contouring and highlighting can take some practice to perfect. Start with a light hand and build up the intensity as needed. Don't be afraid to experiment with different products and techniques until you find what works best for your face shape and skin type.