Do you want to instantly look like you have had a face lift, cheek implants or a nose job -- without going under the knife? If you have ever had this desire, then contouring and highlighting are just what you need! Contouring and highlighting have been a beauty industry trick for decades, but it has recently become popular with several celebrities citing contouring when they have appeared to have gone under the knife. As a cosmetics professional, I have several women each week request to learn how to contour their faces. It is right up there with the elusive smokey eye.
In order to contour and highlight, you need to have a contour shade that is two to three shades darker than your skin tone and a highlight shade that is two to three shades lighter than your skin tone. The contour shade, which is the darker shade, is used to recede parts of your face. The highlight shade is used to emphasize other areas. You can also use a slightly shimmery, illuminating shade to highlight your cheekbones and add a bit more dimension to your face!
To contour and highlight you can use a concealer, foundation, powder or bronzer. To contour your face, it is best to use a medium sized angled brush, and a small eyeshadow brush works well to contour the nose. The most important thing to remember when contouring and highlight is to blend, blend and blend some more! You do not want it to be obvious -- especially contouring!
The areas that are usually contoured, are:
- Hallows of the cheekbones
- Sides of nose
The areas that are usually highlighted, are:
- Under the eyes
- Center of forehead
- Top of the cheekbones
- Bridge of nose
- Cupid's bow
There are several professional contouring and highlighting products on the market, to help you achieve your sculpted and chiseled look with ease! Both the contour and highlight shades are conveniently packaged together.
Bronzer Contour Shades for Women of Color: