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Question: How do you contour and highlight your face?

Answer: It depends on your face shape. There is a general way to contour and highlight, but it may vary slightly (depending on your face shape).

Start with contouring.

The reason why I say you should contour your face first is because highlighting is like the cherry on top. Besides, if you highlight first, the contouring may cover up the highlight.

First, take your favorite contouring palette or bronzer. Typically, most people start by contouring the hollows of their cheeks (underneath the cheekbones) to narrow out the face. While contouring your cheeks, swipe the color up your temples and to the side of your forehead. This creates the illusion of being naturally tan, while also adding dimension to the face.

You then contour the jawline by swooping the color where the shadows hit. It’s a good way to create the illusion of a slimmer face. Contouring in general does that for you.

The last step is to contour the bridge of the nose. You contour down the sides of the nose to give the illusion of a slimmer nose, and it makes a huge difference. Contouring the nose can completely change the look of a person!

Highlight and brighten.

Contouring obviously emphasizes the shadows of the face, while highlighting brings attention to the areas that would normally be sun-kissed. The four places to highlight: right underneath the eyes, below the brows, the center of the nose’s bridge, and the chin.

Take a highlighter (like Benefit’s Watt’s Up! Highlighter), or use any light pink/shimmery eyeshadow to highlight your face. The most important part is to blend well, whether it be the bronzer or highlighter. You don’t want a bunch of harsh lines on your face.

Finish off with blush.

Finish off with some blush to add a rosy color to your face!