Contouring and highlighting is never too far off our radars (and we don’t think it will ever go too far!). Love it or hate it, both are here to stay. Beauty professionals and beauty lovers alike, manage to create new and innovative ways to beautify ourselves. We’ve decided to do a contour & highlight 101 on all of the known ways to contour and highlight our faces. From contouring and highlighting, to tontouring and strobing, we reckon it’s all about contour conduct (the art of excellent blending ability to ensure natural and subtle looking contouring). Scroll below for our contour lowdown on the different products available, and known techniques.
We’ve previously wrote about the different types of contour products one can use. From powder, to cream to contour sticks, there are a multitude of products to choose from. Our favourites are as follows:
Powder: MAC blusher in the shade “harmony” | Cream: Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit | Stick: Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Stick | Mousse: Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse
Highlighting, strobing, whatever you’d like to call it, is contouring’s more subtle sister. There is a plethora of luminous highlighters available and in a number of different textures. Our favourites are:
Powder: MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in “soft and gentle” | Cream: Rimmel London Good to Glow Highlighter | Stick: Max Factor Colour Corrector Stick | Cream for an overall sheen: MAC Strobe Cream
There are a number of different ways and rules to contour, but if we could give you one solid rule, it would be: Less is more. Over contouring is not a good look, you want to ensure that your contour is subtle and your face looks naturally contoured. Click here for more details on how to contour like a pro.
Strategically highlighting the high points of the face looks gorgeous. Make sure that you highlight under the eyebrows, above the cheekbones, down the nose and on the cupids blow (which make you lips look subtly pouty). Find a shade that suits your skin tone and melts into your makeup, so that harsh lines aren’t visible. Use your fingers or a super soft brush to gently buff and blend. For more thorough steps on how to highlight or strobe, click here.
1. Contouring with TAN
Dubbed “tontouring”, by Marissa Carter, the founder of Cocoa Brown tan, this technique involves contouring with fake tan. Genius or OTT? We can’t decide. Either way, we can’t deny that it definitely works. Using your tan, apply a small amount on the face, where your would usually contour. This method only needs to be done once a week and when it develops, you will have a sculpted and accentuated face!
2. Natural highlighting with SUNSCREEN
The most recent contour trend- contouring with sunscreen (yes, you heard right!), was shared with Byrdie by Beyonce’s makeup artist Sir John. He explained that you can contour with sunscreen, “You know, after you apply sunscreen at the beach, you can apply another thick layer only above your cheekbones and above your brows. Then, at the end of the day, you’ll have a natural-looking contoured, highlighted look.” Thus, creating a natural strobing look. While, we’re not exactly blessed with sunny weather, we can see how this method would work. So, next time you’re lucky enough to bask in the sun, give this contour sunscreen method a go for a natural looking contoured and strobed face.