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How to Contour and Highlight with Different Types of Products

5th May 2014 in Uncategorised - 20 Comments - 4 min read

How to Contour and Highlight with Different Types of Products

5th May 2014 in Uncategorised - 20 Comments - 4 min read
I thought i would do a post on how to contour and highlight, ive seen quite a lot of these posts about but they have been rather simplistic and haven’t really explained anything also i found a lot of the posts were saying to contour with bronzers which is absolutely wrong.
Contouring is used to create definition in the face you use block brown colours with as little red as possible as you are trying to create shadows as your trying to hollow out these areas but if you use a red based product then it will start to look muddy also remember contouring and bronzing are completely different things. You contour areas such as the cheekbones, forehead, nose, chin etc
Highlighting is used when you want to bring something forward think “to highlight your best features” like the tops of your cheeks, brow bone, down the nose, across the cupids bow and centre of the forehead. When highlighting lighter skin types you can use pink toned highlighters which look gorgeous and when you’re contouring on deeper skin tones change from pink tones to golden tones 
Contouring and Highlighting Example
There are many different ways to contour and highlight all you need to remember is to find a contour that isn’t red based some cool toned will work the best. I have listed below a few of the best products that i use to contour and highlight
Left- MAC Harmony
Right- Sleek Contour Kit
First we have powdered contour products these are great if you’re not confident enough to use a cream product they are also really great if you don’t really want a really defined face as you can apply then and then buff them right down so they look really natural.
As you can see they are both quite cool based so they are perfect for contouring
Left- Illamasqua Cream Pigment- Hollow
Middle- MAC PRO Sculpting Cream-  Pure Sculpture
Right- Ben Nye Media PRO Foundation– Cocoa
Then we have our cream products which can be used to contour in the exact same way and to be honest i prefer using creams because i feel i have more control of the product, I picked 3 different shades for different skin tones but you will notice as the skin tone gets deeper the shades to become a lot more red based which is kind of annoying but you can work with it.
You use the creams the exactly the same as you would a normal powder, you can “cut” a line down each cheek then across the forehead and down the nose then blend it out or you could buff and then apply the foundation you have left on your brush or sponge to blend out easier if you make mistakes
Left- Sleek Contour Kit
Right- Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc- Peach Mosaic 
Powdered highlighting products are great to for highlighting on top of the cheeks and using on the top of the lips i find using these shimmery powder products anywhere else tend to look a little glitter ball so i use creams more but i absolutely love the highlighting powder in the contour kit as its not that shimmery it just brightens the face.
Left- MAC Select Cover up (3 shades lighter than your skin)
2. Smashbox BB Eye Cream – Shade 2
3. Illamasqua Skinbase Lift- White
Right- Illamasqua Gleam- Aurora 
These have to be my favourite highlighters simply because they work really well for me and i can manipulate the product better than i could a powder. When i want a really contoured, sculpted face i will use the Illamasqua Skinbase Lift in White as that can be put under the eyes right back to the ears quite like a Kim Kardashian highlight which really brightens up the face and pulls the face up. The next i would use the BB Eye Cream as thats great at brightening up and bring parts of the face forward but is no where near as bright as the white
When youre all done and blended it should look a little something like this below
I hope this post helped you somewhat, if you have any questions or would like to see an actual tutorial on how to contour and highlight in different ways then leave a comment below and let me know/
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