Contour and Highlighting is one of my favourite parts of make-up as I have mentioned before on my blog. It's something I do on a everyday basis, usually just sweeping on a bit of bronzer as a contour and using a light concealer under my eyes. But for special occasion or if I feel like spending more time on my make-up, I do the whole contour and highlight routine using cream products then setting with powder which is the method I'm going to be showing you in this post. Contour and highlighting with cream products is great for photography so if your going on a nightout or a special event this would be perfect, as for everyday it is more time consuming than just applying a bit of bronzer as a contour so I think for most people its best for special events when you have more time to get ready. So why would you want to highlight and contour with cream products? Well for me I think its adds more depth than just using powder and I find it looks more obvious but in a natural way. I choose to set mine with powder to emphasise the contour and highlight even more and too set the cream products.
So for any newbies to highlighting and contouring, the basics is you want to contour (apply a darker product, 3-5 shades darker than your skin tone) to areas you want to push back and you want to highlight (apply a lighter product around 2-3 shades lighter than your skin tone) to bring that area forward and make it stand out. Highlight and contouring defines the face and can emphasises certain features or slim features. The places you can highlight are the chin, forehead, bridge of nose, under the eyes, tops of cheekbones, cupids bow, you can also highlight underneath where you contoured your cheekbones. Contour areas are under the chin, jawline, sides of nose, around the forehead and temples.
1. I start off by applying my foundation, (I used Make-up Forever HD foundation) you can either do this before or after highlight and contouring, I like to do it before. Then i apply my highlight under my eyes, centre of forehead, chin and bridge of nose. I used the Mac Prep and Prime Highlighter (light boost) as a highlight and I also used the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (Review Here) under my eyes as it gives me more coverage. Both of these products are amazing!
2. Then I blend it in using a Beauty Blender or the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. You want to try and keep the highlight in the areas you applied it so use dabbing motions and to blend it in.
3. Then I applied my contour I used the Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in shade 'Almond', I apply this under my cheekbones, from the top of the ear towards the corners of the mouth (if you find it hard to find your cheek bones, use a brush handle or your hands and run it down you cheeks, wherever you feel it goes in that is where you want to apply the contour) around my forehead, temples, sides of nose, under chin and jawline.
4. I blend it in using my Real Techniques Expert Face brush, again you want to keep your contour in the areas you applied it so dabbing motions and small bending motions to the areas you want to contour.
5. I like to then take a MAC 188 Brush and make sure everything is blended.
6. Then I set my contour with a bronzer, this emphasises the contour even more and helps it to last all day. I used a MAC 109 Brush and Benefit Hoola Bronzer.
7. You can also set your highlight with a powder that is a couple shades lighter but I didn't do that today.
Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick
Mac Prep and Prime Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer