Beauty Files- Learn How To Contour & Highlight Your Face Like A Pro

Contouring and highlighting are one of the oldest practices in the makeup industry, they help sculpt your face to enhance your natural shadows and bone structure. Yet contouring is one of the most frequently left-out steps in makeup applications. That’s because a minefield of the make-up world, contouring is something that can go badly wrong- but it is easily doable for anyone with just a few simple tips.

Highlighting works with contouring. For example, when you contour your cheeks, you apply contour in the hallow area and highlight the apples. You also highlight the brow bone to open the eye and give depth to the crease area.

Queen of contouring, Kim Kardashian looks like an average gal when bare faced, but slims down and plays up her features with the help of her makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic.


Check out our favorite makeup artists at Pixiwoo demonstrate just how easy it is to contour your makeup.

To contour Nose: To slim your nose you would apply the contouring shade on each side of your nose, blending carefully, and the highlighter down the center of your nose.

To contour Cheekbones: To enhance the cheekbones, suck in your cheeks, apply a darker shade to the hollows and a highlighter to the top of the cheekbones. Then apply blush as normal. Don't over do it!

To contour Forehead: If you have a wide forehead, apply a light bronzer to each temple and blend. This will create a shadow effect causing the head to look more rounded.

To contour Chin: For a small, thin chin, apply highlighter to the center of the chin, directly under the center of the lip. To minimize a double chin, apply bronzer  along the jaw line and blend it down, towards your neck. This creates depth and helps to strengthen the jaw line.
You should always apply contouring color on your neck to your shirt line to avoid a "mask" look.

To contour Eyes: Used at the back corner of the eye going upward toward the temple.

To contour Lips: To slim full lips, apply a deep shade of lip color to the entire lip. If you want to plump up thin lips, you can apply a light lip color with shimmer or gloss. Then apply highlighter between the peaks of the upper lip and below the center of the lower lip. This makes thin lips look full and gives a pouty
appearance. VIA Styles101


To create a more high fashion or dramatic look straight from the runway check out Pixiwoo’s tutorial.


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