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How to contour and highlight for beginners

How to contour and highlight for beginners

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Hands up if your make up routine consists of blobbing on four spots of BB cream, rubbing it in with your fingers and hoping for the best…Yep us too! And whilst this is great for a quick everyday look, we wanted to explore the art of contouring and highlighting so we can really impress at special occasions.

What is contouring and highlighting?

Contouring and highlighting are techniques that have been used by make up artists for years and these skills have now been made accessible to the everyday woman by the mass tribe of fabulous beauty bloggers.

In a nutshell, highlighting involves applying a foundation lighter than your skin tone to the areas of your face where the sun naturally hits and contouring uses a foundation darker than your skin tone applied to the areas that you would like to accentuate, such as cheekbones.


How to contour and highlight

We have found that the best way to learn how to contour and highlight is to watch a great video.

We love this video by beauty vlogger Lisa Eldridge:


If you feel like you still need a bit more help why not watch this simple guide by Amanda Ensing:


Top tips for contouring and highlighting

If you are still a little nervous about trying out this make up craze, just remember these top tips:

- Remember, practice makes perfect, don’t give up on your first try!
- Don’t forget to blend! It is essential to get the look
- Make sure you don’t use a shade under your eyes that is too light as this can result in a “reversed panda” look
- Avoid a cakey make up disaster by using products sparingly
- When contouring, always use a matte finish product

If you loved this blog, make sure you visit us again soon when we explore the must-have makeup brushes you need in your life!


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26th March 2015


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