The MSM Guide To Contouring and Highlighting

Posted on July 08 2016

What is contouring and highlighting?

Contouring is applying a product which is 2 shades darker than your actual skin tone. Make sure to use a matte and not shimmery product, be it in a cream, powder or pencil form.
Highlighting is the complete opposite of contouring, wherein you use a concealer which is at least 2 shades lighter than your skin tone, or a highlighter colour that flatters your skin.

Tools to be used:

Beginners should use an angled blush brush to get that sculpted look. In case you're using liquid products for contouring and highlighting, its best to use a sponge or beauty blender to blend in the products (this is for the experts however!)

Places to Contour:

Before you start to contour take some time to understand the shape of your face. If you have a large forehead, then you will contour around the hairline; likewise if you have a broader nose, then you need to focus on the sides of your nose to make it look sleek.  However be careful to not go overboard with it!

Now let’s move on to steps of contouring:

Step 1: The basic rule of contouring is a flawless looking base, so start off by applying foundation as you would normally do.

Step 2: Contouring is basically reshaping your bone structure.  In order to create shadows the focus is on the hollows. Start off by using it on the hollows of your cheeks and temples. Make sure you also apply it on the jawline and blend the color well in circular motions into the hairline to make it look natural.


MSM Tip: If you have heavier cheek - don’t angle the contouring; instead make straight horizontal strokes, this way you cut the lower section of your cheek into half, thereby creating a slimmer effect

Step 3: Now next step is to highlight by using a lighter shade of concealer. Apply under the eye in a triangular shape, on the bridge of the nose, chin and in upwards strokes on your forehead.


MSM Tip: Use a bit of highlighter on the cupid’s bow for that soft glow over your lips and also right above the contoured area on the cheekbones.

Step 4
Next up, dust some translucent loose powder all over your face to set it all in place.

Step 5
Add some colour to the face with just a dab of blush, and don’t forget your favourite lipstick!

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