If you’re here because you love contouring and hightlighting or you’re confused about this topic and want to learn some tips, you’ve come to the right place 🙂
Contour: Generally, contouring occurs on areas of your face you want to recede. The subtle shadowing gives the illusion of slimmer regions to most common areas such as the sides of the face, below the cheekbones, sides of the nose and jawline.
Highlight: Generally, highlighting occurs on areas of your face you want to “pull forward”. Adding “light” to these areas gives the illusion of brighter, wider, higher facial features such as cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow, and the middle of the forehead.
Before we get into things, let’s chat about today’s topic of interest. Nowadays, there are more makeup gurus out there showing these methods in places other than on the face. You can contour and highlight just about anything on your body if you wanted to. I’m talking about the illusion of slimmer legs, defined tummy, fuller breasts, lifted collarbone… No judgment, do what makes you happy :). It’s pretty amazing what some contour and highlight products can do, however I only use it on the face and that’s the focus of today’s post. It makes for subtle definition to your facial structure that is ultimately a very flattering look when done properly. Although it may sound a little intimidating, it’s easily achievable and can quickly become part of your everyday routine!
Recently I purchased the Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Palette in 20 while on the hunt for a new cream contour. I came across this 4-in-1 palette and thought I would give it a try! The palette comes with a contour, highlight, shimmer and blush shade.
MUFE Pro Sculpting Palette REVIEW: It is my new go-to palette. Each shade blends out seamlessly for an easy, natural application and is easily buildable without looking cakey or streaky. This product comes with a fold-out “map” that helps identify your face shape to highlight and contour like a pro. Nice addition. With all the rage on salmon/orange colour correcting to conceal under eye bags, I’ve also used the “blush” shade for that and it worked well. Love a versatile product. This quad comes in three other shades to accommodate a variety of skin tones. It is on the pricier side but truly is a great product. I’m all for finding dupes at the drugstore but none are as blendable and forgiving as this one, IMO. Overall, it’s a big thumbs up and a new staple to my makeup collection.
(below) Highlight and Contour, small synthetic makeup brush to apply in appropriate areas, unblended
- Identify your face shape and determine the areas to highlight and contour. There are lots of online guides, try this one from Sephora.
- Use cream products for a dewy, less powdered, look.
- Always set ALL cream products with a translucent powder or similar powder shades to ensure your makeup lasts all day long. My favourite is Laura Mercier.
- Choose a cool tone brown contour shade for the most natural look to mimic a shadow. Keep warm tone browns for bronzing your face for a sun-kissed look. I’ve been enjoying the Anastasia Glow Kit in That Glow!
- Choose a contour shade that is only a few shades deeper than your actual skin tone for a natural look. A buildable product can intensify your contour.
- Add a powder shimmer highlight product to the tops of your cheekbones, the brow bones and tip of your nose with a soft, fan brush for a glowy, illuminating look.
- Contour with a soft angled brush for easy blending. Try this one.
- Use a shimmer highlight on the inner corners of the eyes for an instant brightening eye effect.
- Add a little contour below your bottom lip for fuller looking lips.
- Try a contour shade in the creases of your eyelids and a highlight on the center of the lids for an effortless glowy look.
(above). I’m a little washed out wearing only foundation (Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light Sand) in my before photo. The MUFE palette adds definition and colour back into my face, making me appear more bronzed as well (who doesn’t love a glowy, bronzy, look?) I have also used a light bronzer all over (Hourglass Ambient Bronzer in Radiant) and champagne shimmer powder highlight on the high parts of my cheek bones, nose and cupid’s bow (Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal) to complete the look.
Have you tried this palette? Do you know a comparable palette? What are your thoughts? Leave me some tips you know or have tried!
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