Want a smaller nose? A fuller pout? Super-defined cheekbones? No need for plastic surgery! You can transform and sculpt your face pretty close to perfection with the help of contouring and highlighting techniques. Luckily, there’s no need to shy away from this seemingly complicated makeup trend – we have the tips, tricks and hacks necessary to help you nail the look every time!
Two is better than one
The goal is to add depth and definition to your face, so why not go the extra mile and experiment with slightly different highlighter colours? For example, sweep a rosy shimmer on your cheeks and cupid’s bow and pair it with a dusting of a pearly glimmer, like that of the radiant Maybelline Master Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighter, on the bridge of your nose.
Say no to shimmer
Shimmer is great for highlighter, but it’s a big no-no when it comes to contouring. Be careful not to get mixed up with blush, bronzer and contouring makeup. The latter should be matte and flesh-toned, like the NYX Professional Makeup Wonder Stick Highlight and Contour Stick.
Bye-bye contour brush
Most makeup tutorials show women applying contour and highlighter using a large brush but, according to many professional beauty gurus and makeup artists, the best way to apply both products is with a makeup sponge – preferably one with points and angles.
Don’t forget the pout
We all know how contouring can help to slim the nose, but did you know that it can make your lips look a lot fuller? Get that plump, pouty aesthetic by applying a small amount of contour just below your bottom lip and dotting some illuminating highlighter onto your cupid’s bow.
Wearing an up-do?
If your hair is tied up, then really go for it with the contouring! Maximise the sharpness of your jawline by extending the contour all the way up the curve of your jaw bone, stopping just below your ear.
Keep practising contouring and highlighting as part of your daily makeup application regime and you’ll soon find that it becomes second nature. You never know – contouring could quickly become the highlight of your everyday look!