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Everything you need to know about Highlighting and Contouring!


If you have heard about highlighting and contouring, you would probably know why makeup is no longer only about foundation and concealer. Highlighting and contouring is perhaps the closest thing that you can pick for a ‘no makeup’ look. This is why most girls are focusing on their contouring game and technique these days. Although some girls feel that contouring is not something that should be done on a daily basis. For a perfect outing though, the duo can give you a very natural and appealing outlook.

Highlighting and contouring is not necessarily difficult to perform but they do require some technique to master. While you may find endless tutorials to learn how to master the art, we are not going to bore you with the same again. Instead, we are going to give out some, rather unknown, things about highlighting and contouring. This will help you give yourself the perfect makeup look every time!

  • Contouring is not always about changing your face shape:

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Most tutorials focus on teaching you how to alter your face shape using contouring. However, what most of us do not know is that contouring has been around since long. You should use this art to accentuate your features, instead of trying to change the way your face appears. Contouring never started off as a way to change a woman’s face shape.

  • You do not always need expensive contouring and highlighting products:

These days, every single budget, as well as high-end brand, is after marketing of their highlighting and contouring products. Have you stopped to wonder if you really need to go for them? Did you know that you can use a simple concealer and even an eyeshadow to complete your highlighting and contouring game?

  • Powder v/s liquid:

Liquid products need to be worked upon more to give them a natural and well-blended look. They also last long but for a beginner, blending a liquid product for contouring and highlighting can be tricky. Hence, beginners should always opt for powder based which can be easily controlled.

  • Choosing the right shade:

For highlighting, choose a product which is one or two shades lighter than your skin tone. You can also go for shimmery products for this purpose. On the other hand, contouring products should be one or two shades darker than the skin tone. It is best to choose a matte based product for contouring.

  • The right face shape:

While you invest a lot of time learning how to highlight and contour, pay attention to the right technique for your face shape. It is important to follow the right steps for a particular face shape so that you do not end up focusing on the wrong face areas.

  • Blending is important

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When it comes to highlighting and contouring remember to blend your work perfectly. If you don’t be prepared to appear like a board of streaks and funny lines across the face.

  • Try something new

Usually, highlighting and contouring are restricted to cheeks and the forehead. However, you can enhance your nose, eyes, and lips by extra highlighting over these areas. For example, highlighter can be applied in the inner corners of the eye and under the eyebrow. Similarly, contouring products can be used on either side of the nose to make it look longer.

When it comes to makeup, every woman is fond of trying new techniques and products. You should not hold yourself back from trying highlighting and contouring, for the lack of proper knowledge on both. We hope that these points will help you over and above your makeup tutorials and help you master the art of highlighting and contouring.

Article Credits: Mitalee Mithal | New Delhi | India

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