Thursday, 9 January 2014

BEAUTY: Contouring and Highlighting

I am by no means an expert at contouring and highlighting, in fact I'm the complete opposite - a complete newbie to it all! After watching many YouTube videos and reading a lot of blog posts about contouring and highlighting I really wanted to have a go. So this post is by no means an expert or even the best way to highlight and contour, it's simply a novice (that's me!) showing anyone else that wants to start trying to highlight and contour one way to do it.
To contour and highlight I used 3 products - Benefit High Beam, technic Brilliant Touch Highlighter and Blemish Corrector and Natural Collection Suntint Bronzing Powder. I wanted a matte bronzing powder, as the High Beam has a lot of shimmer to it - I didn't want to end up being a walking sparkly disco ball! Firstly, I applied Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation and No7 concealer just under my eyes. I then applied the technic Brilliant Touch Highlighter and Blemish Corrector onto all the areas I wanted to be highlighted - middle of my forehead, down the middle of my nose, on the apples of my cheeks and my chin. On my cheeks I applied two 'strips' of the technic highlighter, in the gap I applied the Natural Collection Suntint Bronzing Powder. When I first apply it, it looks quite drastic (like below) but once blended the difference isn't anywhere near as extreme.

I blend it with either my fingers or a foundation brush, so nothing too fancy! Once it's all blended I apply Benefit High Beam to highlight - under my eyebrows, on the bridge of my nose, apples of my cheeks and on my cupids bow. Then blend with a foundation brush, moving in a circular motion.
I will then finish my usual make up routine - Seventeen Miracle Matte Foundation, No7 Blusher, 2true Lip and Cheek Tint, Avon Glimmering Eyeliner and Clinique Mascara.
Ta-Dah! The finished contouring and highlighted look. As you can see I'm no expert and I've certainly not perfected the look - I welcome any tips and tricks on how to highlight and contour better :) 
Have you tried to highlight and contour?
Feel free to comment :)

1 comment

  1. High beam is such a nice highlighter!



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