You don’t have to be a makeup artist to get a great effect from contouring and highlighting. The concept is simple:

Apply your primer and foundation first.Apply highlighter on the parts of your face that the light would hit i.e. middle of your forehead, under eyes and the ridge of your nose.Apply contour the places where the shadows would be i.e., under the cheek bones.

Why you ask? Well it’s up to you really- if you like the look of it then give it a go. The benefits are that contour and highlight adds definition and sculpts your face, emphasizing your natural features. This is great if you’re attending a special event and are having your photo taken, your features won’t get lost in the photo.

When choosing your contour shade, it should be 1-2 shades darker than your skin. When choosing your highlight shade, it should be 1-2 shades lighter or you can buy a specific highlighting product which creates a luminous finish. One thing to remember is to blend! And blend! That is the key, you don’t want streaky lines or an overdone look, try keep it natural looking.

If you’re fair skinned then contouring will be more important, if you’re darker skinned then highlighting is more important.

We recommend:
Inika’s Baked Mineral Illumiser or Baked Bronzer

Inika’s light Reflect Highlighting Creme

Ere Perez Versatile Vanilla highlighter

Ere Perez Pure Rice Powder Bronzer

MOTD The Essentials Vegan Makeup Brush Set

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