Tested Tricks on Highlighting and Contouring

Face is the most important part of your body that needs to be highlighted at each gathering you step into. But, there are a few facial parts that need more highlighting and drama to ooze out the glamour quotient in you. I know that each one of you all dreams of having the perfect and protruding cheeks that accentuate the overall look of your face. Since everyone has got a natural face shape that cannot be corrected unless you go for  surgical treatments, but yes, it can be altered and converted into a much highlighted cheekbones and cheeks, that is the way you want it to be.


If done correctly, cheekbones can bring a terrific effect, but if not done properly, it can prove to be disastrous. Before beginning the process, you should understand and analyze the facial areas that need to be highlighted and contoured.


It is a rule that dark colors push areas back while lighter ones bring them forward, hence highlighting them. It is very much clear from the diagram that which all areas need to be highlighted and contoured. Let’s analyze those areas:

Areas to be highlighted


  • Area above the cheeks
  • Brow bone
  • Centre of your chin
  • Bridge of the nose
  • Centre of the forehead
  • Cupid’s bow (area above lips and below the nose)
  • Inner corner of the eyes

Areas to be contoured


  • Area below the cheekbones
  • Sides of the nose
  • Creases of eyes
  • Temples
  • Bottom of your chin
  • Jaw line

Highlighting and contouring looks extremely dramatic and are meant for evening makeup (generally). Highlighting uses lighter toned products while contouring uses darker ones. Both the colors need to be blended seamlessly so that it looks natural yet glamorous.  Also remember that highlighting and contouring begin after the foundation is applied. See what all you need to highlight and contour your face:

What All Do You Need?


For highlighting, you need to have a white-shimmery eye shadow or a foundation that is two shades lighter than your skin tone. You can opt for the highlighters as well.

For contouring, you need to opt for a foundation that is two tones darker than your natural skin tone. You can also opt for bronzers available in the market.

Now when you know what all you need to highlight and contour, let’s see how you need to apply these on your face, to get the look that you want.

How to


Start with contouring. Dip your contouring brush in the bronzer and start by applying it to your cheeks. Start with a point that is on your cheeks’ below and in the middle of your eye, and continue towards ears. This way, contour the desired areas.

For highlighting, do the same process except the fact that you need to use a highlighter for it. Use it on the desired areas.

Now, blend both- highlighting and contouring, so that they give you a more dramatic look. It is all about practice. So, keep practicing in your free time and go to a gathering with such dramatic face, but only when you become a pro, else you could end up looking like a buffoon amidst the gathering.

This is what it will look like.


Isn’t it highly dramatic?