Makeup Tips: Contouring and Highlighting

As most women would surely attest, makeup application is more than just slapping all those cosmetic products on your face. It takes a lot of practice to get everything right. Applying the blushes and the contours (or shading for Asians), for instance, is one of the most difficult but it is still one of the most essential part of applying makeup. That’s because shading creates depth and dimension, which makes a subtly more sculpted face.

Even if I wear makeup everyday, it baffles me to no end how many celebrities perfected their contouring and highlighting techniques. I’ve even tried imitating Kim Kardashian in her IG posts about contouring but my contouring skills remain atrocious. But after a while of watching how-to videos and reading makeup blogs, I’ve finally found what I’m looking for—the easiest way to get your contouring and highlighting done in four easy steps. Do you want to know the secret? Read on:

Mapping

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With this step, you’re going to need a dark stick foundation. First, you would need to find where the shades will be. The shades are usually on the temples, the side of the nose, the hollow part of the cheeks (just below the cheekbones), below the lower lip, below the shape of the chin, and along the jawline. When you found these areas, just put a generous amount of dark foundation on them. Though it is okay to adjust the shape of your face a little, make sure that you follow the natural shape of your face. If you have a large forehead, for instance, and you want to make it appear a little smaller, you can shade straight into the hairline to make it look smaller.

Blending

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When you’re finally happy with the shades, you can blend the shades on your face. You can do this by tapping the shaded area using a damp beauty blender.

Highlighting

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Using a lighter foundation stick, put highlights by applying on the opposite side of the darkened area. The highlights are usually on the forehead, balls of your cheekbones, on the bridge of the nose, and on the chin. Blend the highlights to the rest of your face again using a damp beauty blender. Make sure that the shaded parts are not overlapped.

Dusting

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Finally, using a fluffy brush, dust your entire face with a loose powder. This will make your face look fresher and more well blended together.

You see how easy it is? Now it’s just a matter of finding the right products to get the job done without a hitch. For high quality products, just click here or on the images and leaks.

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