How To: Contour and Highlight

Thanks to Kim Kardashian, contouring has become a favourite make up trick.

This guide will tell you which products you need and give you some handy tips along the way.

What is contouring?

Contouring is a make up trick that helps to sculpt, define and enhance your best features, while drawing attention away from others. It’s not a new technique and has been used by make up artists backstage and on the red carpet for many years prior to its fame. However, with the rise of social media and in particular selfies, the technique has fast caught on.

What is highlighting?

Highlighting products can help you to create a radiant glow and brighten up your face in an instant. The main areas where a highlighter should be applied are the top of the cheek bones going out towards the temples, the temples themselves, underneath the eye area, under the brow bone, in the inner corner of the eye and the Cupid bow.

There are numerous ways to contour and highlight. Discover which one’s right for you here…

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Kim Kardashian Style
If you want to emulate the queen of contouring herself then the key to achieving her impeccable look is to focus just below the cheekbone. For a unified look apply your contouring techniques below the jawline and around the eye socket and blend to get the perfect finish.

Glowy and Sunkissed
You tend to look better with a tan (remember to wear SPF) and that’s because the sun naturally hits the cheeks, nose, and top of the cheekbones. To create this sunkissed contouring look apply a bronzer to these specific areas so your complexion looks the perfect shade of bronze. Finish, by adding a touch of highlighter to the nose, cheekbones and brow bone for flashes of radiance.

Subtle and Natural
For an understated look concentrate on just the cheekbones so they look sculpted and defined. Then apply soft pink highlighters to the top of the cheekbones. For added definition make sure your brows are shaped and defined so it lifts the eye area and shapes your entire face.

Contouring and Highlighting Top Tips: 
1) For quick and easy contouring and highlighting techniques use Clinique’s face chart above to see where to apply the Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour and Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight.
2) Prep, prime and moisturize for better make up application.
3) Pick a base that is easy to blend and sets well, so that you can contour and highlight with ease.
4) Set your foundation with an illuminating powder so your complexion looks even more radiant.
5) Use light and dark concealers or foundations. Opt for a shade lighter and two shades darker.
6) Have good brushes to hand and remember contouring and highlighting is all about the blending.

We also recommend: Givenchy Mister Light, benefit High Beam Highlighter, YSL Touche Eclat, Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint Duo 


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  1. by The Hippy Christian Mum on September 27, 2016  11:26 am Reply

    Contouring is magical! I just bought Benefit High Beam from Newport Debenhams for the first time and I love it! Definitely a top go-to product. :-)

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