Create A Perfect Base #4 – Contouring & Highlighting

The brown areas indicate contouring whilst the white areas indicate highlighting

Contouring and highlighting are two steps that should NEVER be skipped … they can totally take your look to the next level! Read on to see how…

 Tools needed:

1. A bronzer or a matte brown powder that is a couple of shades darker than your skin. A cream bronzer will allow for easier blending but a powder bronzer will work just fine.

2. A highlighter, whether in a cream or powder finish.

3. A fluffy, angled brush.

4. A small fluffy brush for small areas such as the nose.

How to contour and highlight your face

NoseSlimming down your nose has never been easier – simply apply your bronzer to both sides of your nose, blend carefully, and then add highlighter down the centre of your nose.

Cheekbones: To achieve the illusion of high cheekbones, suck in your cheeks and apply your bronzer to the hollows. Then, apply your highlighter to the top of the cheekbones.

Forehead:
 If you have a wide forehead, apply a light bronzer to each temple and blend. This will create a shadow effect causing the head to look more rounded.

Chin: If you have a small, thin chin, then simply apply highlighter to the centre of the chin, directly under the centre of the lip – this will give the illusion of a fuller chin. If on the other hand you have a double chin and wish to minimise it, apply your bronzer along the jaw line and blend it down, towards your neck – this will create depth and will also have a slimming effect.

Eyes: This is optional. You could also apply a small amount of bronzer from the back corner of the eye going upward toward the temple. This will give more dimension to your look especially if you are going to be under harsh lighting.

Next article in this series – Blusher Time – Stay tuned!