Don’t know where to apply contour, highlighter and blush?
Its easier than you think! And here is a quick video to prove it!
In this quick tutorial I have applied Contour, Highlight & Blush to show how quick and effective it can be to warm up your complexion and also add dimension to the face. Look at how dull my complexion is before vs afterwards.
When you apply your foundation, you even out your skintone – but you also takes out all your color, hence why we add it back in.
As a rule of thumb your contour color should be around two shades darker than your skin tone/foundation color.
Firstly choose either a cream or a powder contour. I have used a cream contour in this video purely because people seem to be more afraid of creams than powders – but I wanted to show you that you simply apply them the exact same way you would a powder.
I usually opt for a powder as on my oily skin I find it more long-wearing. Cream contours are great for drier skin types or people that like more of a dewy complexion.
I have used the M.A.C Cosmetics Cream Contour in ‘Pure Sculpture’ and have applied it with my trusty M.A.C Cosmetics Contour Brush #168 to apply.
Theres soooo many different cream and powder products out there so find one that works for you. A fluffy brush is great to apply, just make sure its not too big that it covers your whole face – you want to be able to control where you apply the product.
I start by applying it to the hollow of my cheek, and then apply a little from my temple through my hairline and then my jawline. Once all the product is where it needs to be I then go back and blend blend blend.
My favorite products! You can apply cream, or powder – or if you want maximum glow, layer them starting with cream. Your highlighter should be around two shades lighter than your skin tone.
With cream highlighters I use my finger tips and with powders I use a smaller fluffy brush. My favorite brush to apply highlighter is the Real Techniques setting brush. I start along the top of my cheek bone, down the center of my nose and on my upper lip.
Here I have used one of my favorite combos – the Becca cream highlighter in ‘Opal’ with M.A.C Cosmetics Soft & Gentle Highlighter on top. If you are more tanned check ‘Gold Deposit’ also by MAC which is a lot deeper.
This part is optional. Some people prefer the look of just contour & highlighter on its own. I personally love blush. Where do you apply it when you already have contour and highlighter on? It kind of goes in-between.
Easiest way – firstly smile and find the ‘apples of your cheek’, apply the majority of blush to your apples and blend the product upwards (kind of towards your ear).
I am currently loving the Benefit Cha Chat Tint – as an oily skin type I have avoided cream blushes for years as they don’t seem to last the day. But these tints have proved me wrong – they are long wearing, and still give me that soft dewy look I am currently loving.
There you have it! I hope this helps you apply your contour, highlight and blush with confidence xo Francesca