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Makeup Tips: Highlighting and Contouring Made Easy

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Ever wondered how Kim K’s face looks so chiselled? How she gets those fab cheekbones? If you look back at pictures of Kim from 5 years ago, she looks like a totally different person to now – but why? Contouring. It can completely change your features!
You might be wondering what all the contouring hype is about.


What is contouring? Why should we bother? Well, we’re here to tell you that even if you’ve never heard of contouring, it could quite literally change your life (and your face).


It involves using blusher, bronzer, highlighter and concealer to highlight the parts of your face that you want to show off, to minimize the parts that you don’t like, to create hollows and shadows where there aren’t any and to work your angles, whether you have a round face or a chiselled jawbone. Learn everything you need to know about contouring with this guide.



Step 1: Start with your cheekbones

Apply bronzer in a light sweeping motion just below your cheekbone. Aim your line toward your mouth, but stop before you get there. If you want to create a more youthful appearance, you may want to create more of a curve shape than a stripe.


Step 2: Contour your hairline

Apply bronzer along your hairline from temple to temple in small circular motions. This helps start to shape your face and can create the appearance of a lower hairline for anyone with a forehead they want to minimize


Step 3: Contour below your jawline

Continue to bronze lightly just below your jawline on both sides. A little goes a long way. All you’re doing is continuing to bring out your features and if you have a fuller face, this will begin to add more definition. However, this is one place you should be extra, super-duper careful about applying too much. It could result in a bearded appearance.


Step 4: Now, about your nose

You’ll add a touch of highlighter later. For now, use a small brush to lightly bronze the sides of your nose. Make sure to follow the natural curvature of your nose. If your nose flares out at the bottom, make sure your contour lines do too for the most natural look. The goal here is to create a light shadow for a narrowed look.


Step 5: Switch to highlighter and start with your cheekbones
Now, apply highlighter along the tops of your cheekbones. This mixture of darkening (from step one) and highlighting creates the appearance of higher cheekbones. 

If you have a small forehead or a low hairline, skip any contouring on your forehead.  You could add a bit of highlighter in the middle of your forehead, but avoid anything shimmery so your skin doesn’t appear oily.

Step 6: Highlight your nose (optional)
Read closely because not everyone needs to do this. If you want to accentuate a smaller nose, apply highlighter in an up-and-down motion along the bridge of your nose. If you want to give your nose a more upturned appearance, only apply highlighter to the tip of your nose. If you don’t want to do either of these things, skip this step.

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Step 7: Last but not least
Finish the job by highlighting above your brow arches for more lift and in a thin line above your Cupid’s bow to create more definition. If you have a weak chin (not very defined), you can also apply some highlighter there as well. This will help bring it forward.