10 Amazing makeup tips on how to contour and highlight your face
If you have ever looked at the celebrities and wondered how it is they look so different when they have their makeup on, then that is the effect that contouring and highlighting can have. A lot of women shy away from contouring and highlighting, because they think that it is something that is best left to the professionals, but the process is actually a lot simpler than you might have thought. By using a contour shade along with a highlighter, you can fool the eye into thinking that your face is a lot thinner than it really is and focus attention on the areas of your face that you want people to look at. Here are ten basic makeup tips on how to contour and highlight your face.
1. How it works?
Quite simply, something that is darker in colour recedes into the background, whilst something that is lighter, comes into the foreground. By using contrasting shades of contour makeup and highlighter you could reduce the size of your nose, make your cheeks look thinner, or distract attention from a sagging chin. Read on, and we’ll tell you how you can use the techniques to get the look that you want.
2. Slim down your cheeks
To give the illusion that your cheeks are slimmer, you need to create some shade to make them look less rounded. To do this, apply a diagonal line of contour shade from the middle of your cheek upwards, in the direction of your ear. Then, if you apply highlighter to the very top of your cheekbones, this will further enhance the contouring of your cheeks.
3. Thin your nose
This is one of the best tips on how to contour and highlight your face: to make your nose look thinner, use highlighter down the bridge of your nose and a darker contour shade along the sides, stopping just above the nostrils. As with all contouring and highlighting techniques, it is important that you blend the makeup well in, so that you don’t get a streaky effect.
4. Thin your face
If you want to make the whole of your face look thinner than it really is, the same trick of using light and shade will work. You can do this by highlighting the features in the centre of your face and darkening the outsides. Use highlighter to lighten the area between your eyes, down the bridge of your nose, in the center of your chin and across the forehead; use bronzer or another contouring shade around the perimeter of your face.
5. Hide a double chin
You can make a double chin look less prominent by darkening the area with a contour shade and highlighting your jaw bone. This will make the area under your chin appear to recede, and it’s a very effective way to reduce the appearance of double chin.
6. How to contour and highlight heart shaped face?
You can also use contouring and highlighting to even up the shape of your face and make the most of your natural features. If you have a heart shaped face, you could highlight under the eyes, across the forehead and your chin to reduce the angularity of your face. Equally, using a contour shade on your jawline would soften a prominent jaw.
7. How to contour and highlight a triangular face?
To make a triangular face look more oval, highlight the temples and contour the jawline and this will even out the proportions of your face. You could also highlight under the eyes to make your cheekbones look more prominent.
8. How to contour and highlight a round face?
If you have a round face, then you might want to use contouring and highlighting to give your face more structure. To make your face look more oval in shape, use a contour shade on the cheekbones, temples and the sides of the jawline. You can then bring your chin and your forehead forward with highlighter.
9. How to contour and highlight a square or oblong face?
To smooth off the angular shape of a square or oblong face, you can start by using a contour shade on the outer edges of your face to diminish their appearance. Then, use highlighter on your chin and your forehead to bring these features to the fore and to give them more definition.
10. Don’t forget about your eyes and lips
When you first start playing with contouring and highlighting, you may want to experiment with your lips and eye makeup too, because they can have a big effect on how people perceive the shape of your face too. Large eyes, for example, will make the face look smaller, while bold, full lips, can make the face look rounder. When you use contouring and shading, you can make your face look completely different and it really isn’t that hard to do. Just think about light and shade, and give it a go!
What are your best tips on how to contour and highlight your face?