Friday, October 7, 2011

Learn How to Contour & Highlight

If there’s one makeup trick that I’ve always been mesmerized by, it’s got to be the skilful way makeup artists contour and highlight to bring out our best features. Shani Silver from Refinery 29 shares how you can master this tricky move yourself!

"Using shadows and light are a great way to give shape and dimension to your face. It can either enhance or 'correct' your features."

Step One: "First, start with your normal foundation and follow with concealer under your eyes and over any redness or blemishes. It's ideal to have a totally neutral, blank canvas. For the contour, use either a matte bronzer or a neutral (aka, not reddish or warm-brown) medium to dark shadow that's darker than your skin tone. Start with only a little because it's easier to build than subtract."

Step Two: "To give cheekbones depth, make a fish-face by sucking in your cheeks and puckering up. Using swirling circular motions, blend the powder from your hairline down to underneath the apples of your cheeks. Then blend around the outer-edge of your forehead near your hairline, then again underneath your chin, ultimately creating the shape of the number three on each side of your face. You can also use a little powder to define the sides of your nose."

Step Three: "Next, we want to highlight. Lighter skin tones look best with cream or pink tones and darker skin tones should use a more golden shade. Apply using a small brush just to the tops of the cheekbones. Finish the look by drawing a thin line down the bridge of your nose and right in the center of the Cupid's bow of your upper lip. If you like colour on your cheeks, dust a punch of colour on the apples."

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  1. hi nava, wow, when i was in my 20s and 30s those days, i was so crazy over make up... now the mood has changed.
    by reading your post i am being refreshed on the way to contour the cheekbones ;)

  2. Great tips. I'll have to pass these on to my daughter as well.

  3. thanks for the sharing Maznah and Vicki, its great to be done esp when having to attend functions eg weddings.

  4. This is a great tutorial, Nava. The make-up finish is so natural, and so fresh and youthful.


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  5. Thank you for sharing this tutorial. I am always afraid to try contouring for fear of looking unnatural. You've inspired me to give it a try!


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