How To Highlight & Contour.

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 What's The Fuss all about?
Highlighting and contouring -the bane of my life. Oh, the times I have spent attempting to contour and highlight specific areas of my face but ended up resembling Coco the clown. Fast forward a good few months, a few You Tube videos and tutorials later and I finally seem to have cracked it. Which is why I thought it would be the perfect chance to write a post just showing any tips that I have picked up along the way. As everything I now know has been learnt by others, I cannot take credit for anything, I just wanted to show you what products I use and the instructions I follow. We all remember the famous Kim Kardashian contouring photo. When it hit the beauty industry, us fellow bloggers ears pricked up as we soon learnt how to sculpt your features and highlight your best features. I think my face is round, a bit like the moon so if I can actually look as if I have cheekbones, then trust me you can too. So, why bother contouring? Not only does it accentuate your features, it gives your makeup a more high end look, your face will look slimmer and gorgeous cheekbones will suffice.

 
What products do I need? 
To complete your highlight and contouring kit, you will need two main products - a bronzer and a highlighter. Your highlighter needs to be a shade lighter than your skin tone, while your bronzer/contour will need to be a shade darker. When it comes to bronzer, I stick to two of my favourites. My first favourite is Benefit's Hoola Bronzer, followed by Sleek's Contour Kit - both dark matte bronzers which I apply using my Vintage Cosmetics Company brush. Sleek's contour kit also contains a shimmer highlighter which can also be used as your highlighter - meaning you only need this bargain kit and a brush to contour! Another way of highlighting is to use a concealer which is lighter than your foundation shade (make sure it's not too light!). My current favourites is W7's Light Diffusing Concealer which is an absolute steal at under £3.00 and is a dupe for YSL's Touché Éclat. It's my go to for using as a highlighter when it comes to contouring as the pen makes it so easy to apply and blend in.
 
 
How I contour & highlight.
I think the picture above sums it up perfectly. I don't know why I find this picture so funny but I can't help it, it's my inner child. Anyway, this is exactly how and where I contour. I start off by applying Baby Skin primer, before applying my favourite Seventeen foundation. I actually don't know the etiquette of contouring here, whether you apply your foundation before or after, but I personally find it easier to do it after I've finished my foundation. I apply bronzer onto the top sides of my forehead and underneath my cheek bones. To create a slimmer nose effect, you can apply bronzer on each side of the bridge of your nose and highlight straight down the centre of your nose. Don't forget to blend, blend, blend and blend some more. Next up is highlighting where I use my concealing pen to apply the concealer under my eyes, my chin and in between my brows. It really is as simple as that! I used to think it was so complicated, but with a bit of practice, you'll soon pick it up! I recommend watching You Tube videos as you may find it easier to see somebody do it rather than just reading this post. I hope you found this post helpful, I don't know if I've made any points or whether I've just rambled on!
 
Do you highlight & contour? x
 
 
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11 comments

  1. Thanks for posting this, given me an idea of how to do it properly!! I love your blog, you send me your link on Twitter :) I followed you, would love for you to follow back? :) xx

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  2. I always end up looking like a drag queen... I just need to sit and practice like you did x
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  3. Great tips, I have the Hoola bronzer too x
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  4. That W7 concealer looks like such an amazing dupe for the YSL Touche Eclat! xx

    Gemma // missmakeupmagpie.com

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  5. Thanks for this post!! I really want to get some contour and highlighting products!! Thanks again for the tips :) x

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  6. My Hoola bronzer is my favourite to use! Useful post with great tips too :)
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  7. Great post, I'm only just starting to appreciate the use of blush, bronzer and highlighter. I used to be a power and go kinda gal, now I feel naked if I haven't contoured a little. Helpful diagram of where to contour too.
    Thanks!
    Tash

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  8. The Hoola bronzer is totally my go to Bronzer,

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  9. I think once you find your own way of doing it, it's really easy! It took me forever to find a routine I was happy with though :)
    Bea x
    Bea's Beauty Blog

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  10. I love using the sleek contouring kit, more for the contour shade in light. I think the key to contouring is that you can add but can't take away. A light hand is all that is needed :)

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  11. Great post. I think my problem was using too light a highlighter

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