Makeup Contouring Like a Professional


  1. Use a highlighter that's 2-3 shades lighter than your foundation.
  2. Find your cheekbones- make a fish face or use your fingers to press gently into the hallow area under your cheek bone.
  3. Use a Bronzer or foundation. (Cream is best) that's at least 2 - 3 shades darker than your foundation - and sweep it in the hallows you just found.
  4. Minimize any other areas that apply to you using the same contour shade- forehead apply at hairline to lower high forehead - at temples to minimize a wide forehead.
  5. Contour the crease of the eyes , according to eye shape... Deep set, hooded, prominent etc….
  6. Keeping it simple - use the same contour to shape the sides of the nose - adjusting highlighter and contour to fix a too wide / too narrow nose - or just to keep it in harmony with the rest of the make up.
  7. Brush contour under jawline to help accentuate it's shape and to reduce any gravity nonsense... Double chin if you will.
  8. Using your regular foundation color --- stipple it over the highlight and contour and blend it in using a stipple brush….
  9. Set with translucent powder.
  10. Finish makeup - eyes, blush lips.
  11. Use a contour brush or blush brush to apply contour.

Tip: Use a sponge to apply highlighter as the natural cut shape of the sponge helps with placement... Cream concealer brushes are also used to apply the highlighter to smaller areas...

Tip: Translucent powder or loose powder is used to set liquid and cream products – using a light shade for highlight and a darker shade for contour if available... If not regular translucent loose powder is perfect!

Tip: For those who use mineral foundations like bare essentials - simply choose a lighter shade and a darker shade that corresponds/harmonize with the foundation shade and proceed as explained...

Get additional tips from lifestyle and beauty expert Kym Douglas at Follow her @KymDouglas and like her on Facebook.

How to Start a Garden
How to Start a Garden