Contouring & Highlighting: The Essentials

Contouring & Highlighting: The Essentials

posted on: 8.07.2013

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While it may seem like a tedious and complicated task, there is no doubt that contouring and highlighting can take your makeup to the next level. The purpose of contouring is slim the face and whichever features you want. For contouring, I like using bronzers, but some people prefer to use a foundation a couple of shades darker than their natural skintone. Some companies even sell kits specifically for contouring. The purpose of highlighting is to bring out facial features, and combined with contouring, the overall effect is stunning. Most highlighters are shimmery, although there are some matte highlighters. For all of my oily-skinned girls out there, this step can be skipped.

While it is easy once you get the hang of it, many beginners make mistakes that don't exactly compliment the makeup job they were attempting to do. While highlighting is rarely a task where errors occur, contouring can be a downfall for many. It is important to choose bronzers that don't lean too orange and choose bronzers that are more brown. It is also important to choose a matte bronzer. Shimmer will defeat the purpose of contouring. Above are eight products that I have found to be most effective. 

Do you have any highlighting or contouring products that you like to use? Do share in the comments!

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5 comments:

  1. I looove the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer. At the time when I bought it (over 2 years ago) there weren't that many matte bronzers in the market so I was excited to have found it x

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    1. I actually don't have it but I tried it on in Sephora and I loved it! I'm thinking that it's going to be my next beauty purchase!

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  2. For highlighting I have two that are just my all time faves - MAC's Soft & Gentle and NARS Miss Liberty. So gorgeous. For bronzers I only have one and that's NARS Laguna. I think that for contouring people make the mistake of using the bronzers meant for adding a sun-kissed glow. We don't have natural orange hollows in our face, haha, so I think if you look for more browns and taupe shades, contouring would be that much easier! I love the combo of products you've got - Candelight has been on my list for ages!!

    - Jess
    The Mod Mermaid

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    1. Thanks Jess! A lot of people swear by the MAC Soft & Gentle powder- one of these days I'll get it!

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  3. I have 7 & 8 and they are two of my favorites as well!

    Jordan | Boho Vanity

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