Highlighting & Contouring Made Easy

Highlighting & Contouring Made Easy

If you’re like me, you are probably cringing that I am even putting highlighting, contouring, and easy so close together on this page.  Trust me…there is nothing to fear!  Once you learn these easy steps, you will be feeling like a pro in no time flat.

The first step is identifying the shape of your face to ensure proper contouring and highlighting techniques.  Not sure of your face shape?  No worries; use these 3 simple steps.

Step 1: Face a mirror you can walk up to without bending over a counter.

Step 2: Using an eyeliner pencil, dry erase marker, lipstick, something that will not permanently mark the mirror and that is easy to remove; trace the outline of your face.  Start at the middle of your chin and trace up excluding your ears to the center of your forehead at the edge of your hairline.  Repeat this on the other side of your face.

Step 3: Step back and identify the shape drawn representing your face shape.

Now, using the image below you can identify the exact areas of your face to highlight and contour.  The purple areas are for contouring, while the pink areas are for highlighting.  But first, let’s break down these words and reduce their intimidation factor.

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Highlighting & Contouring Made Easy

The art of highlighting and contouring is in the subtle definition; it’s an art form, an illusion.

“Contouring is giving shape to an area of the face and enhancing the facial structure through makeup.” Beau Nelson, Kristen Stewart Makeup Artist

Choose a shade that is slightly darker than your normal shade; dark eye shadow can be used for dark skin if a foundation shade cannot be found.  Find something that creates the look of an actual shadow but is not a drastic difference.  Use this shade along the perimeter of your face, under cheekbones, and jawline.  Draw triangle shapes with the narrow angle pointing towards the center of your face or nose and fill in.  Use a damp sponge to blend the edges.  If desired, contouring can be done along both sides of the bridge of the nose to give a slimming appearance.

HC Triangles

Highlighting is used to accentuate bringing focus to that area.  Your highlighting shade should be slightly lighter than your normal shade.  Highlighting will be focused on the center of your face.  Again, draw triangle shapes under eyes and between eyebrows with narrow angle pointing towards the center or nose area of your face, fill in, and use a damp sponge to blend the edges.  Don’t forget a final swipe of highlighting down the bridge of your nose and your favorite blush to finish your look.

Highlighting & Contouring Made Easy

Not so scary, right?  Now to choose the right products for highlighting and contouring made easyPowders are a bit more forgiving for the beginner.  They can be applied with a dampened concealer brush and blended with a makeup sponge like the Blending BudsLiquids can also be used if you are feeling confident.  For a more accurate application, a sponge like the Blending Buds is recommended instead of using your fingers.

US-31201-01Bring out your best with two BB Flawless Complexion Enhancers plus a set of Blending Buds for seamless application.


Younique has products perfect for the natural looking finish you desire; mineral concealer powders, Touch Foundation, and even the BB Flawless can be used to achieve your look.  Don’t forget the Minerals Pressed Blusher and the Beachfront Bronzer to add the perfect, sun-kissed shimmer.  With professional tools such as brushes and sponges, Younique has you covered!

Remember, contours are meant to be matte while highlights are meant to shimmer.  Follow these tips and soon you will be saying “highlighting and contouring made easy,” too.

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