HOW TO HIGHLIGHT AND CONTOUR: MAKEUP TUTORIAL
Bam! Strike a pose, ladies! If you're looking for a flawless, photo-ready face, highlighting and contouring is a must! It's really easy to do, you just need the right tools. Note that I don't recommend this for everyday wear... at least personally. There is a lot of product that goes on your face and for me, wearing such heavy coverage makes my skin go nuts. However, if you need a glam look or photoshoot-type makeup, give it a try! If you want to check out my tutorial using one single product for a really quick contour and highlight, go here instead.
You're going to need a foundation palette like this, or two individual shades. You can get this one here. Depending on your skin tone and how dramatic you want it, choose shades that are quite a bit lighter and darker than your natural skin tone. For this example, I'm using the lightest shade for highlights and the darkest for the contouring so you can see it well.
Time to make silly faces and hope that nobody knocks at the door! Start with the light foundation and apply it to these areas. It doesn't need to be perfect, we're going to mess it all up later.
With your darker foundation, fill in all of the areas you want recessed, or to not stand out as much. Basically highlights = emphasize, contours = de-emphasize. Make a funny fish face like this to see where your natural indents appear.
These are the areas you'll want to work with above. The bottom dotted areas are supposed to be under your jawline more, but for photo purposes I did it this way so you can see. Depending on where you put your dark foundation, you can also make your cheekbones appear higher or lower.
Then with a foundation brush and your regular (skin tone matching!) foundation, go over everything, blending it all together. You might think "hey I'm ruining this gorgeous masterpiece I just created on my face" but trust me, it will all work out. We're going for a more "natural" look, not a pre-plastic surgery look.
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