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Easy Contour: Breaking It Down

 
 

A Makeup Tutorial by Sarah Dorman of Makeup by Sass

Contouring and highlighting is all about cheating the edges of your facial features. Contouring is creating shadows and shape, while highlighting brings attention to the center of the face. It’s important to understand your own face and natural features when contouring. The goal is to enhance the beauty we already possess, not to leave the house looking clownish or harsh. 

Learn to use cream and powder products to contour and highlight the face like a pro. 

 
 
 
 
 
Start off with a base (foundation, BB cream, tinted moisturizer, etc.) that matches your skin tone. 

Start off with a base (foundation, BB cream, tinted moisturizer, etc.) that matches your skin tone. 

Next, we’ll add our contour shade. Use a shade that is about 2 or so shades deeper than your natural tone and apply it to the areas that creates shadow, or where you’d like to add more shape/dimension. You can contour all areas of the face, including cheekbones, along the sides of the bridge of the nose, along the jaw, along the hairline and even around the lips.

Next, we’ll add our contour shade. Use a shade that is about 2 or so shades deeper than your natural tone and apply it to the areas that creates shadow, or where you’d like to add more shape/dimension. You can contour all areas of the face, including cheekbones, along the sides of the bridge of the nose, along the jaw, along the hairline and even around the lips.

Blend the color with upward motions to give the face an instant lift. 

Blend the color with upward motions to give the face an instant lift. 

Highlight the center areas of the face with a shade about two shades more fair than your natural skin tone. Highlight can be applied on the under-eye area, bridge of the nose, chin, and forehead.

Highlight the center areas of the face with a shade about two shades more fair than your natural skin tone. Highlight can be applied on the under-eye area, bridge of the nose, chin, and forehead.

Lightly blend the product into the skin. 


Lightly blend the product into the skin. 

This is where I like to set my face with powder, preferably a translucent powder that will help keep my makeup in place all day without becoming greasy or coming apart. 

This is where I like to set my face with powder, preferably a translucent powder that will help keep my makeup in place all day without becoming greasy or coming apart. 

At this point, you are ready to move on to the rest of your makeup and head out for the day. If you’d like to pump up the drama even more, you can apply powder contour products to further deepen the dimension and face powder to brighten the highlighted areas even more as well. 

At this point, you are ready to move on to the rest of your makeup and head out for the day. If you’d like to pump up the drama even more, you can apply powder contour products to further deepen the dimension and face powder to brighten the highlighted areas even more as well. 

Highlight/Contour can sometimes wash out your complexion, so it’s usually a good idea to add some more color to the cheeks with blush. When applying blush, keep in mind the ways your cheeks naturally flush. 

Highlight/Contour can sometimes wash out your complexion, so it’s usually a good idea to add some more color to the cheeks with blush. When applying blush, keep in mind the ways your cheeks naturally flush. 

Complete your look by adding glow to the high points of your face, some soft eyeshadow, and lip color. 

Complete your look by adding glow to the high points of your face, some soft eyeshadow, and lip color. 

Products used:

Maybelline SuperStay Foundation in ‘Golden Nude’

Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Almond’ Stick Foundation 

L.A. Girl Pro Concealer ‘Porcelain’

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

Morphe Brushes 9C Powder Contour Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Banana’ Powder

Nyx Cosmetics ‘Strictly Chic’ Ombré Blush

Anastasia Beverly Hills Original Glow Kit

Nyx Cosmetics ‘Exotic’ Lip Lingerie Lipstick