Steps to contour and highlight
- After applying a thin layer of your natural shade foundation all over the face, use the #130 small flat duo fibre brush to apply a generous amount of your contour shade (choose a full coverage concealer or foundation that is a few shades deeper than your natural tone) to the dark areas in the first photo (the darker streaks are mainly under cheek bones, perimeter of forehead, above the temples, and under jawline). Then use the smaller #217 synthetic blending brush to apply the contour shade to the sides of nose, up to your eye crease, and under the bottom lip. Then clean both brushes and use the bigger brush to fill in the areas you wish to highlight using a foundation shade a few shades lighter than your skin tone, in the larger bright areas shown in the first photo (under eyes, top of cheek bones all the way to the temples, above the jawline (right under the contour color), on chin and in center of forehead right above the nose/brows. Then highlight smaller areas using the smaller brush down the bridge of the nose, on the top of the laugh lines (on the edge of the nostrils where it meets the cheek), above the lip, on the sides of the mouth, and above and below the arch of the brows. This highlighting technique helps to bring out certain areas to appear prominent, raised, or sharper. Darker tones make areas appear deeper or chiseled, so it goes hand in hand when sculpting the facial features.
- Next step is to blend out using a beauty blender or a sponge. Press the product in the skin while blending, do not wipe or else all your hard work will disappear. Then set with powder. I like to set my highlight areas with a light powder shade (estee lauder double wear in linen or desert beige), set my contoured areas with a dark powder shade (Lancome dual finish in matte cafe), and dust over everything with my own natural color powder to blend (MAC mineralize skin finish in medium dark).
- Then you can add blush to the apples of your cheeks (and upward right in between the cheekbone highlight and the contour) and finish off with your favorite eye makeup look and lipstick.
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