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Contour and highlight | Beverly Hills MDContour and highlight makeup is a relatively new trend everyone is trying to perfect. It’s basically foundation or powder in natural skin tones, from lighter to darker, designed to enhance your natural beauty.

What can a little makeup here and there do? A lot! By adding a darker shade under the cheekbones, around the temples, and under the jawline, contouring can do magic for framing your face and enhancing its angles. Applying highlight on your cheeks, chin, nose, and brow can effortlessly add layers of light and brighten up your look. Basically, when you’ve got the techniques down, you can minimize features while accentuating others simultaneously. It’s pretty amazing what it can do!

If you’re a beginner, opt for a powder (versus a cream) palette. It’s easier to achieve a more natural blended look.

Here are some benefits of the contour and highlight technique:

  • Enhance your cheekbones
  • Make the bridge of your nose appear thinner
  • Redefine your jaw line
  • Add a natural highlight to your cheeks
  • Define your eyelids
  • Emphasize your brow bone to make your eyes pop


Before you go in to buy your perfect contour pallet make sure you invest in the correct brushes with the perfect angle so that you can achieve the natural look you are aiming for.

Once you found a compatible brush, practice gentle brushstrokes in a circular motion that will distribute the powder evenly throughout your face.

Make sure after every time you contour, you clean your brush very well before painting your face again. The darker pigments can get caught in the brush interfering with your next contour application


The first thing to keep in mind when contouring and highlighting for a natural look is to go a shade or two lighter and darker than your foundation. When picking out your shades you want to go for a matte look so that the shimmery highlighter will stand out and help you create the brightness your bone structure always wanted.


There is a big difference in how heavy you choose to apply the powders and highlighters. For an everyday look you will want a lighter application as opposed to an evening look, which would consist of using a lot more product and different shades.

For a more natural application, less is actually more. While using less and blending it more, you will achieve a flawless look that will work for any special occasion.

Once your highlights and lowlights are applied in the correct areas of your face, it is time to begin blending. Use a round brush with short hairs in a light circular motion, blending from the nose area outwards. It is important to blend evenly and efficiently with the same amount of pressure. Make sure you keep blending even if you feel like you are overdoing it.

Here are the steps:

  1. Apply foundation that matches with your skin tone with your foundation brush
  2. Make a template on your face with your contour kit using your brush. Map out where the darker and lighter tones are going to be. Make sure to use 2 separate brushes for your darker and lighter tones.
  3. Blend it with the base of your foundation using your contour brush set, keeping the tones neatly in place and following the template you drew onto your face
  4. Once your template is blended in with each brush, go over your face with a translucent powder, to set the color in place
  5. Lastly, apply the highlighter onto your chin, cheekbones, and mid forehead with a fan-shaped brush. A fan-shaped brush gives you a smoother and softer look.

Practice Makes Perfect

Don’t worry if you don’t nail it the first time. This process may take some practice. But once you get it down, it’s effortless. Learning how to enhance your natural beauty with just a bit of strategic makeup application will definitely boost your confidence.