The Make-Up Diaries: Highlighting & Contouring

I consider myself pretty well versed in the art of make-up and I’ve always been a huge fan. So a few years ago when I started hearing about highlighting and contouring I quickly went out and bought some bronzer and a shimmer (highlighting) powder. I thought that I was doing everything exactly like I was supposed to, but for some reason my make-up never quite looked right. Well my friends, I was doing it all wrong.

Using make-up to enhance attributes and minimize flaws is one of the greatest things about it. And it’s not just about the eyes ladies- yes mascara and eye liner are important, but you are doing yourself a disservice if you’re focusing all of your attention on your eyes.

I have finally learned the appropriate way to highlight and contour a face and I’m here to share all the details. First, you need the some materials, everyone uses different products and tools but I’m going to share what I use.


Materials Needed for Contouring and Highlighting:

  • Buffing brush- #4 below (I use the Eco Tools Fresh & Flawless set)
  • Small buffing brush- for nose contouring- #2 above (…also from the Eco Tools Fresh and Flawless set)
Credit: Covergirl

Credit: Covergirl

  • Dark concealer stick (I use the Covergirl- True Blend Fix Stick in a darker color than my skin tone)
Credit: Covergirl

Credit: Covergirl

  • Light concealer (I use Covergirl- Fresh Complexion in a lighter color than my skin tone)
  • Bronzer (with no shimmer)
  • Highlighting powder (with shimmer)
  • Loose powder



Apply your foundation and blend it in. Then use your dark concealer stick to draw a line under your cheekbones, around your hairline and on the sides of your nose. Take your buffing brush and blend the lines into your skin.

Then apply the light color under your eyes, on the top of your cheekbones, your forehead and the middle of your chin. (See picture below for a visual.)

Credit: @KimKardashian Instgram

Credit: @KimKardashian Instagram

Take your big buffing brush and blend the lighter colors into your skin, using the little buffer for your nose. It’s going to seem like a lot of make-up, but once it sets you won’t notice it.

When your highlighting and contouring are done, follow these final steps:

  1. Dust some bronzer over the contoured areas
  2. Add some shimmer powder on the top of your cheekbones, down the nose and on the forehead
  3. Powder your entire face to finish off the look


This process does take some time, but the results are a flawless complexion… which if you ask is worth it.

I hope this has helped! Also, this is a great video tutorial all about contouring and highlighting with drug store products.

Tara Wikoff | CW44 Tampa Bay

See all my Make-Up Diaries here.




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