How to Highlight and Contour Your Face

With the advent of social media and its many filters, it is no wonder that contouring has become so popular. Contouring and highlighting your face can give you an instantly slimmer appearance as well as accentuate features like your cheekbones or your nose. However, this technique can be quite intimidating to try for the first time. Both highlighting and contouring are not as scary as they sound though. Let’s take a look at what exactly these terms mean and how you can perfect them in a few simple steps.

What is Highlighting?

If you want to get a perfectly toned and sculpted face, you need to know how to highlight and contour. Highlights are basically the bright areas of your face that are naturally lighter, like your cheekbones, bridge of your nose and your chin. This can give your face a radiant glow and enhance your features. As a general rule of thumb, you need to apply the lighter makeup shades on the areas of your face that naturally have more contrast. So, if you want to highlight your cheekbones, you need to apply the highlight on the tops of your cheekbones and not your jawline or forehead. As for finding the best placement of highlights on your face, it all depends on the shape of your face. If you have a round face, you need to apply the highlights on the areas of your face that are naturally slimmer and help to elongate your face. This can include your cheekbones, the sides of your nose, along your brow bone and even under your chin.

What is Contouring?

Contouring is a technique that creates shadows and depth on your face by applying makeup around your face. This can make your face look slimmer and smaller and accentuate certain facial features like your cheekbones or your nose. Contouring can be done with both powders and creams and is usually applied on your forehead, cheekbones and nose. The most common mistake people make is applying it on the jawline which can actually make your face look wider. For a basic contouring look, you need to apply a darker shade of makeup on the areas of your face that naturally have more contrast and are shaded, like your forehead and cheekbones and blend it outwards. The trick to perfect contouring is to blend it outwards. You don’t want to see any harsh lines. And remember, less is more. While it is important to highlight and contour your face, you don’t want to go overboard with it.

How to Highlight and Contour

Let’s start with highlighting first. Before you start highlighting your face, you need to prep your face and make it ready to accept the makeup. So, wash your face, pat it dry and moisturize it. This will help the makeup sit better on your skin. Make sure your skin is well-lit and you have good natural light to work with. This will make it a lot easier for you to see what you are doing and get a better result. After you have prepared your face for the application of makeup, you can start highlighting your face. You can do this by using your fingers or a brush. You can use a fan brush for highlighting the tops of your cheekbones. You can use your fingers to highlight your nose or your brow bone or even your chin or the sides of your nose. You can use a highlighting cream or a highlighter powder for this. Just remember to use a lighter shade for highlighting your face.

Which Products to Use?

When it comes to highlighting and contouring, you can choose between a powder or a cream. It is best to use a cream if you have dry skin. If you have oily skin, a powder will be the best option for you. If you want to contour, you can use a dark brown contouring powder or a cream contouring product. If you want to highlight, use a highlighter cream or a liquid highlighter. If you want to use a powder highlighter, make sure you use a shimmery powder. Highlighting powder can make your skin look dull and it will not be as visible as a shimmery powder.

Tips and Tricks

As we discussed earlier, it is important to prep your face before you start highlighting and contouring. Washing your face, moisturizing it and having good natural light are the most important steps you need to remember. While you can certainly use one colour for both highlighting and contouring, using two different colours makes it easier to identify which areas to apply each product to. It is also important to know where exactly you need to apply these products on your face. For highlighting, apply it on the tops of your cheekbones, your nose and your brow bone. For contouring, apply it on your forehead, your cheekbones and nose, and the sides of your nose.


Now that you know what highlighting and contouring is, it is important to perfect it. These two techniques can help you get a perfectly toned and sculpted face and enhance your features. Following the tips and tricks mentioned above will help you achieve a flawless result. So, what are you waiting for? Start highlighting and contouring your face today and get ready to slay! And don't forget to share this article with your friends, they might find it useful too!