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Highlighting and contouring the face

Updated on November 3, 2010

Sculpting the Face ( Highlighting & Contouring )

 Hi Guys,  Well there are a lot of women out there that apply their makeup with out even thinking about highlighting and contouring the face. 

You will be amazed what you can achieve when doing this.  You can use creams or powders to contour and highlight.  You can give yourself stunning cheek bones, thin your nose or make your lips stand out.

Contouring - This is the darker shade, this will push back the area.  ONLY use matt shades for the contoured area, as this will not give off any shine or shimmer.  Shine or shimmer on a contour will only bring the area out, and you do not want this.

Highlighting - This is a lighter shade on the face, this will bring the area forward.  Using shimmers and shine will bring the highlight out more.

You need to blend the contour and highlights to, harsh lines look very unflattering.  You will be quite surprised how a little goes a long way, and again practice makes perfect.

For the Professionals in you MAC cosmetics have a fantastic range, a contour pallet of 6 is a kit essential. 

The Dark areas of the face sink and the light areas of the face will be brough forward
The Dark areas of the face sink and the light areas of the face will be brough forward

The main areas for contouring and highlighting

Contouring

The hollows of the cheek - this will give the look of cheek bone. Under the chin and down the neck, - this will give the look of a more defined jaw line. sides of the nose - this will make the nose look thinner and if you want to shorten the nose, contour the tip of the nose. The creases of the eyelids - this will show more depth to the sockets. Around the hairline - this will give the illusion of a smaller forehead.

If you were wearing something to show off you shoulders and lower neck here are some contours you may want to try - Clavicles and hollow below your collar bone and the cleavage.

Highlights - The Brow Bone, Center of the eyelid - this will creare a roundness of the eye. centre of the forehead, the bridge of the nose, the cheekbones, corners of the mouth and the cupids bow.

Again if you were showing shoulders you may want to consider highlighting the collar bone and the inside curve of the breasts.

You can relate the contour and highlights to the diagram above, these are very harsh just to show you where they are placed. If you are using powder contour and highlights, please make sure you powder off any liquid foundation first, this will prevent any patchy contouring. Also blending is your best friend, to get rid of any harsh lines,  Never put to much on, always start off small and build to contour and highlights up.

Go on have a go yourself!!!!

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      BARBARA 

      7 years ago

      THE FACE DIAGRAM IS GREAT. ALTHOUGH, IT CAN BECOME VERY CONFUSING TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SHADE AND VERY EASY TO LOOK LIKE A CLOWN IF YOU DON'T. TOO MUCH BEHIND THE COUNTER HELP IS TOO YOUNG AND MORE INTERESTED IN SELLING A PRODUCT. I HAVE VERY FAIR SKIN AND AM NEVER ABLE TO FIND ENOUGH COLOR THAT IS ALSO SUBTLE.

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