Highs and Lows: Highlighting & Contouring 101

Contouring…scary word I know. For months I’ve tried perfecting this skill, trying to get it just right. Truth is, it still isn’t. Instagram videos and true makeup artists make it look so simple, yet it’s something us ordinary people struggle with every day. It is no doubt the hardest part about doing your face makeup, at least for me. However, after countless attempts and failures, I’ve gotten just a little more comfortable with this daunting technique. Girls, if you wanna get this done right, it will take time. Luckily, after you’ve gotten this down you’ll have some bomb cheekbones ūüôā

Here’s my¬†boring contour-less face¬†completely¬†washed out. Not the prettiest, I know.¬†IMG_5239


First thing’s first (you said “I’m da realest”, right?!), highlight! It is so important to highlight ladies! Especially under those eyes! Those aren’t designer bags right¬†there…dark circles and puffiness look good on no one. I used MAC Pro Longwear concealer in NW20 (another good option is Maybelline Age Rewind concealer in Light). For extra brightness you can always add a brightening shade like Maybelline’s Age Rewind concealer in Brightening.

*Whatever skin tone you have, make sure to choose a concealer 1-2 shades lighter than your skin!


*Highlighting the center of the forehead, chin, and down the nose balance out the lightness underneath the eyes

The easiest way to blend this is truly with your finger. The warmth of your fingers help melt the concealer seamlessly into the skin and take any excess product off. If you own a Beauty Blender, that is also an awesome way to blend everything out with nearly the same effect. It all just comes down to preference: fingers, Beauty Blender, brush, or sponge, basically whatever makes you happy with the results.


After blending out the concealer, you can immediately see the difference it makes! The cheekbones already look more prominent and you look ten times more awake.



YOU NEED THIS IN YOUR LIFE!!! I swear by Benefit Hoola bronzer ($28). I would not go anywhere without this product. It is such a beautiful bronze shade without being orange or shimmery at all. It is honestly just the perfect matte bronzer. If you like something with a little shimmer, try Wet n Wild bronzer in Ticket to Brazil (about $4).

To start out, it’s best to make the good ole’ fish face…tacky, I know. But it really helps you find the hollows of your cheeks which is precisely where you need to focus your bronzer/contour.



Again, to balance everything out you should place the bronzer in places other than your cheekbones. Buffing some along your hairline, temples, and jawline is always a good idea because the sun naturally hits those spots. I like to add some to my nose just for a little extra bit of color. You can easily stop here if you like a natural sun-kissed glow instead of the full contour, your choice!

But, since I’m all about drama and the title promised contouring, have no fear! There’s more to come…

For this part, I like to grab a powder thats a couple shades darker than my skin. I’ve found that using face powder instead of an actual bronzing shade comes off much more brown and less orange, but that’s just what I prefer. I use Maybelline Fit Me pressed powder in shade 330 Toffee. The placement is generally the same, just concentrated specifically in the hollows of the cheekbones.


Pretty intense, I know. But once again, grab your favorite brush and blend blend blend! Too many people walk around with a straight line on their face all because they don’t want to blend. It may be tedious, but in the end you get a much better result. However, if you want that sharp line, go for it! No one can tell you what to do with your face!


Ta-da! Doesn’t that look so much better?! Hellooo cheekbones, where have you been all my life?



We’re almost there! One thing left to do, highlight again! Grabbing a shimmery highlighter will reflect light off of your face, giving you a stunning glow. Place it on the very tops of your cheekbones, tip of your nose, and Cupid’s bow for an instant pop of light. Here I used Jemma Kidd’s Mannequin Skin in 01 Canvas (around $20, not sure it’s sold anymore).



Here’s everything I mentioned and more!


Maybelline Age Rewind Concealers in Light & Brightening ($8.99)

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NW20 ($20)


Benefit Hoola Bronzer (again, you NEED this $28)

Maybelline Fit Me Powder in 330 Toffee ($7.99)

Wet n Wild Ticket to Brazil Bronzer ($4)


Jemma Kidd Mannequin Skin in 01 Canvas ($20)

NYX Liquid Illuminator in Gleam ($7.50)

Maybelline Face Studio Master Hi-Lght Blush in Nude and Coral ($9.99)


Now you officially know all I know, cool right? I hope this helps you all! Always remember that it’s probably not going to be perfect on the first try, practice is key! I promise it’s really not as scary as it seems. Have fun with it! Xoxo




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