Contour And Highlight | Basic Tutorial
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Contour And Highlight | Basic Tutorial

July 16, 2013
Hello there,
Today I’m doing a highly requested post about how to contour and highlight you face. I’m not any expert on contouring and highlighting. There is lot more tricks and ways to do that. Today I’m showing only basic procedure. If you are new to this then you can certainly achieve a good result by following and practicing my shown steps.

Product I’ve used here:
*Flormar pretty compact blush (bronzer) in shade P114
*Flormar pretty compact blush in shade P113
*MUA undress your skin shimmer highlighter.
…… can use any product of your choice.
To start, I must mention what actually contouring and highlighting is. After applying foundation, your face gets a whole even canvas which means you face looses its natural dimension. Where contouring and highlighting is the technique to bring back your face structure, dimension, and light effect.

Let’s start with the process…..
Here’s my even and flat face after applying foundation.

Step 1:

Take your preferred brush and bronzing/contouring powder.
Apply it just in the line of your cheekbone. It should start from the top of your ear and finish in an angular line toward in your lip end. But do not apply close to your lip, just stop in a middle way.
This will add depth and shadow to your face and lift up your cheekbone.
Blend it nicely.
contour and highlight

Step 2:

Using same brush and powder touch up your hairline
starting from top of ear and up to top of your forehead.
Make sure you blend it well.

Step 3:

Fill the side of your nose leaving the bridge. This will lift your nose.

Step 4:

Using the same brush sweep your bronzer under the jawline up to the end of your ear.
Also, apply some following your neck bone.
This will give a sharp look at the end of your face.

Moreover, if you have double chin this trick will help you to cover that.

Now your contouring is done…..
you can definitely see from the picture how contouring created dimension to your flat face.

Step 5:

Time to get a blushing cheek.
Take your blush powder and brush, here i prefer an angled brush, sweep that in apple of your cheek connecting to you cheekbone. Blend it well with your contouring section.

Done with contouring and blush πŸ™‚
contour and highlight

Step 6:

Time to light up and define the high point of your face.
Take your highlighter and a brush to apply that, pat and blend high point of your cheek and bridge of your nose. You also put some in high point of your forehead and in cupid bow of your lip. But to me that’s totally optional.
Remember, do not get much close to eyes when you applying highlighter otherwise your under eye imperfection area will be highlighted.

You are done and here’s the finished look πŸ™‚
contour and highlight

Take a look at the before and after picture again… Can you detect any difference?
Yes, the difference is huge. In before pic, face look so flat and boring!
After contouring and highlighting face looks totally glam up!contour and highlight
***note that,
I did way to dark contour and highlight than normally I would do, so that it shows up in the picture. Do not go overboard with your contour and highlight.
In my suggestion,
when you picking your bronzer pic just two or three shade dark color than your skin tone.
For highlighter don’t just go for something white.. pick one following your skin tone. Like if you are white or whitish then you can easily go for anything with white of pink undertone. Girls with dark skin or yellow undertone, I think yellow/gold tone based highlighter is best for them.
Keep in mind, highlighting doesn’t mean whiten up your face but add glow/light to your face.

This tutorial was just a basic process. Hope my post help you a bit.
Do not forget to post your comment, opinion and queries in the comment box.


  • Reply tasneem zaman July 16, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    very helpful…. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Mehnaz Tabassum July 16, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    a good tutorial as always πŸ™‚

  • Reply Tasmia Khan July 16, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Awesome tutorial… thanks a lot:)
    Loving ur lipstick color..may i knw the name plz

  • Reply Little Doctor July 17, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Great tutorial!

  • Reply Nasrin Akter July 19, 2013 at 3:04 am

    several peoples are blogging about beauty tricks.i think i like your blog most though i m not a regular reader of those posts.this one is also liked.

    keep posting. All the best..:)

  • Reply Nasrin Akter July 19, 2013 at 3:10 am

    Several peoples are blogging about beauty tricks.i am not a regular reader of those but i read your some post and i liked them most.I have to say this one is also good one.

    keep posting.You are brilliant i guess. All the best…:)

  • Reply Afroditi Kat July 24, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Love this!!Your blog is lovely!!!! Would you like to follow each other on bloglovin’ ? xxx
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  • Reply Vanessa July 26, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Wow,amazing you are so pretty…I really like your pretty blog.^^
    Maybe follow each other on bloglovin?
    Let me know follow you then back.
    Lovely greets Nessa

  • Reply Vanessa July 26, 2013 at 2:23 am

    Thank you so much for the follow.^^
    Follow you back on bloglovin and gfc,too.
    Do you also follow me on gfc?
    Lovely greets

  • Reply Marcela Gmd July 26, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Wow beautiful look!!! would you like to follow each other with GFC and Bloglovin?
    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

    • Reply Tamanna Islam July 26, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      done πŸ™‚
      lots of love

    • Reply Marcela Gmd July 26, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      Thank you for your visit!!! I follow you with GFC and Bloglovin!
      and my like in bloglovin for your post too!!!:)))

    • Reply Tamanna Islam July 26, 2013 at 11:51 pm

      thanks a bunch πŸ™‚

  • Reply Shaila Ahmed August 1, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Base ta khubi sundor hoise.kon foundation diso

  • Reply Afrin August 7, 2013 at 6:50 am

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  • Reply Afrin August 7, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Api , tmr heavy make ( stage 1) er por ki ata kora jabe naki oi base er por r highlighting er drkr nai??????????????

  • Reply Punam Ganguly January 17, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    hi! from where do u buy ur makeup products? I am looking fr shops where I will get the original products.

    • Reply Tamanna Islam January 18, 2014 at 3:41 am

      i usually shop from bodyline or uttara family needs.

  • Reply munni hossain April 28, 2014 at 2:00 am

    api tmr base makeup ta onk sundor hoise … base makeup ta kivabe korechho???

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      would you please try again and check your junk mailbox.

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