A Short Guide to Highlighting and Contouring

Hello, world.

This post is for Week Eight of the Alphabet Challenge.

The biggest complication that I ran into when I first started wearing full makeup is highlighting and contouring. I would read many a blog post and watch many a video tutorial, but I could never seem to get it right no matter how much experimentation I did. It is thus safe to say that my mind was blown when I found out that highlighting and contouring varies according to face shape.

I dont know why I never thought of this since most makeup techniques are influenced by face shape. The tutorials that I followed were pretty standard: contour under your cheekbones and highlight above your cheekbones. It always ended up looking strange, and I now know why. All this while, I was highlighting and contouring according to the round face shape when I have a square face.

This illustration should give you a better idea. The brown shows where you should contour, the white shows the highlight, and the pink shows the blush. As you can see, I was doing mine completely wrong.

I hope that this illustration helps you out as much as it has helped me out!

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  2. Hahaha, the faces on the guide is so cute, LOL. I have a round face.. right? I think you contour my face better though :(

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