How to Contour & Highlight Your Face

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Hello to all you fashion and beauty enthusiasts!

There are a million different ways to contour and highlight your face. I am going to show you what is in my opinion, the easiest and most “natural” looking way to achieve the look. When I say “natural” I mean as natural as this look can be – if you are looking to contour and highlight you are probably not going for an overly natural look. More dramatic and angled contouring will be easy to see and will be more noticeable as lines are not as blended.

I am going to walk you through step by step on how I contour and highlight on myself as well as most of my clients! First off, here are the products I used:

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1. BH Cosmetics 10 Colour Concealer Palette. The shade marked “H” I used as a highlight and the shades marked “C” I mixed to achieve my contour colour. If you don’t have your exact match don’t be afraid to mix and customize!

2. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer – but any matte bronzer will do!

3. Rimmel Stay Matte in Sandstorm which matches my complexion. Feel free to use this product or any other light/medium coverage powder.

4. MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Light – a few shades lighter than my natural complexion.

5. The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer for an illuminator but any highlight/shimmer powder will do – even an eye shadow that’s light and shimmery will work!

Start by applying your regular everyday foundation all over your skin (as shown below on the left). I tend to use something more lightweight as applying a contour and highlight is going to add more coverage. Next up, apply your highlight/concealer shade under your eyes in a triangle shape (shown below on the right), on your chin, middle of your forehead, down the bridge of your nose (stopping before the tip) and just below the hollow of your cheekbones. Using a concealer that is a shade or two lighter than your complexion will help to brighten up the areas but also still look natural – you don’t want to use anything too light.

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Apply contour along the hollows of your cheekbones, along the sides of your nose, along the top of your forehead (almost brushing the product into your hairline), and under your jaw bone. As shown here…


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Our next step will be softening and blending all these products down. Blend out the lines using a kabuki brush or beauty blender sponge. Then set and soften the lines even further by using powder. Up until this point we have used all liquids and creams. You want to apply all of your liquid/cream products first and then apply your powders. Now take your matte bronzer and apply it over the areas you applied your contour. Blending up and out…


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Now we are going to do the same thing but for our highlight. Take your light powder and set all your highlighting/concealing work. Doing so will help everything last longer and again, soften and blend out any edges. Also apply a touch of the powder that matches your complexion right in between your highlight and your contour blending everything together and setting the foundation that has not yet been set.


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Apply your favourite blush just above your contour blending up and out onto the apples of your cheeks…


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To top the look off, pick up some of your illuminating powder and dust along the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose and on your cupids bow! Since we have used mainly matte products, adding this shimmery highlight will add a lovely dewy glow to the look.


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And there you have it a simple, wearable contour and highlight look. Perfect to enhance your everyday makeup or to save for a night out on the town! Here is a look at the finished product…



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Brittany Hall is a professional makeup artist and freelance blogger. With her passion for beauty and makeup, she is dedicated to providing you with the latest trends and tips and tricks on all things pretty! Follow her on Instagram @makeupbybrit.

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