Highlighting and Contouring Makeup Tips: Vancouver Island Makeup Artist | Makeup Artist Qualicum Beach

By popular demand, I am excited to share highlighting & contouring makeup tips! Contouring and highlighting are one of the makeup techniques that every makeup addict should master. They can totally transform your face by playing up your features and downplaying your flaws and they usually go hand in hand. In fact, by using the right contouring makeup tricks you can create the illusion of a slender nose, killer cheekbones, slim jawline etc.

I saw this image suggesting how to apply your products for highlighting and contouring and thought it would be perfect for sharing. I really love this one as it makes a great easy-to-follow guideline for practising and trying this technique on yourself!

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Personally, I am a 5 minute makeup kind of girl 99% of the time so the above seems like A LOT of work. My daily routine seriously looks like so: -Apply moisturizer & primer onto fresh, clean skin. -Apply mineral powder foundation. (I love eminence sun defence minerals) -Apply powdered bronzer to cheekbones, hairline and jawline (I love sephora collection bronzers) -Pop of blush on the apples of my cheeks (I am obsessed with NARS blush in "Orgasm") -Soft eyeliner & mascara -A light fill in of my eyebrows

That being said, every girl likes to spend a little bit of time primping for a girls night out or other special event so here is what I recommend for a DIY attempt:

What To Use:

* To contour, you will need a color that is one to two shades darker than your foundation. You can use a brown eyeshadow, bronzer or a darker foundation.

* To highlight, you will need a color that is one to two shades lighter than your foundation. You can use a shimmery white/beige eyeshadow, a lighter foundation or a highlighter.

*TIP: On a daily basis when working for a natural daytime look, I love pressed powders. For an evening look and for replicating the above demo, I would use cream foundations. They give fabulous coverage and will blend seamlessly. If preferred, just mix the cream foundation with a bit of moisturizer for a more sheer to light coverage. 

How To Contour & Highlight

Apply product of your choice by following the outline in the above image and then blend the lines by gently pressing the colour into your skin. You can use your fingers, a brush or a sponge but I would recommend a sponge for best results. When finished, take a step back and make sure there are no harsh edges. Also be careful not to blend the different colors together. I suggest you start out with a little bit of product at a time as it's always easier to add more colour as needed until you find what works perfectly for you.

Hope this helps and best of luck! If there is something I didn't cover here that you want to know or you'd love to share your thoughts- please comment on this blog post! I absolutely love hearing from my readers!

Lastly... care to know all about the makeup products I can't live without!? I am going to dish those juicy details in my next blog post. You won't want to miss it!

xoxo,

Chelsea Dawn