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How to highlight and contour

Highlighting and contouring is all the rage, but might seem a bit daunting at first. One of the pictures and tutorials make it appear harder than it needs to be. I created a video where you can watch me doing it, but I thought a picture tutorial could be equally beneficial.

Begin with a clean face. We should always wash our face every night. In the morning I like to rinse it off, but if you have very oily skin you may need to wash it again. Apply a moisturizer with SPF and allow to dry. Next a good primer will help create a flawless finish. Finally, apply your foundation that matches your skin tone to even everything out. Now that all that is done, we can get down to our tools.

I create my contouring color.
I create my contouring color.

We need two additional shades of concealer. For highlighting we go 1-2 shades lighter. For contouring we go 2-4 shades darker depending on the effect you want. I use a concealer brush as it keeps my fingers clean and allows me to apply in very specific places.a powder brush and finishing powder finishes our list.

I don’t contour every day, so I found creating my own means I only need my highlighting color and foundation color. I do this by using a paint tray I picked up at Wal Mart for $1. You can see I use it for a variety of custom mixing, I sprinkle in a little Fierce loose mineral Concealer and a dab of Bisque BB Cream. Using my Concealer brush I mix it together and have the perfect amount of contouring cream.

Bisque and fierce are what I use. But a darker BB cream mixed with Fierce will create an even darker contouring cream.
Bisque and fierce are what I use. But a darker BB cream mixed with Fierce will create an even darker contouring cream.

There are many images online of places to apply your highlighting and contouring colors. But here is the basic idea so you can decide what works best for you. If you want to extenuate an area, apply the lighter shade. If you want to minimize an area or create a shadow, apply the contouring cream. In those lines by my lips, using the contour brush allows me to target the lines without spreading it all area the area. It can also help you target say a bump on the nose with contouring cream.

Applying at the jaw line gives definition between the cheek and my double chin.
Applying at the jaw line gives definition between the cheek and my double chin.

Applying around the eye totally brightens it and even if you are not going for a full contouring application I always reccamend at least doing that area. You will see what I mean in a moment. I like to blend around the eye with my finger, and use a sponge or beauty blender around the rest of my face.

Not quite blended all the way
Not quite blended all the way

A Beauty Blender will finish the job perfectly, but if you don’t have one, go ahead and use your powder brush. Gently and in circular motions, move around the face till completely blended. Some people stop here and use a Kleenex to dab away any excess oil. (I will explain that tip another day) I use powder to finish.

Looking better!
Looking better!

Finish your makeup routine in whatever you like. I applied blush, lipgloss, eye shadow and my favorite mascara EVER. Looking at it in a side to side comparison, you can definitely see the difference.

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Full frontal warning here. I think my entire face got a lift.

Now if I could just improve how my thighs look this easy.
Now if I could just improve how my thighs look this easy.

Now, how easy was that? Let me know how it goes! I would love to see your results.

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