Tutorial: Contour & Highlight



As a makeup artist, contouring and highlighting are my favorite techniques to use for my clients to enhance their best features and for them to look amazing in pictures and real life!

There are different kinds of contouring and highlighting techniques since we do have different face shape, and different bone structures like nose shape, cheeks and chin. For daily look, I prefer to use a natural and soft contour finish. I like to focus on my “little” nose and side of my cheeks. I also consider the color of the powder, skip the ones that has orangey colored powder that will just make your skin unrealistic and dirty looking. Matte finish is also the best for contouring since light won’t bounce to it.

 I posted few weeks ago on my Instagram @emsmithartist about this Lorac Pro Palette. This Lorac Pro Contour palette has six powders – five of them are matte and one is a frosty highlighter. It comes with a sleek packaging and very handy. For $45, it is a great deal because it comes with high quality contour brush! As a makeup artist, this contour palette is great for my kit because most of the shades can be use for different skin tones. The texture is so buttery, soft and easy to apply. It is a long-wearing contour and highlighting powder as well! It doesn’t leave your skin cakey or patchy. Make sure you start from light shade to dark for contouring so it will be easy to correct. I also suggest to tap off excess powder from the brush before applying it on your skin to avoid harsh powder. This product might be difficult for beginners since it takes a lot of blending techniques which is why I’m showing you a step-by-step procedure to make you into like a PRO!


  1. Highlight Under Eyes

I used the beige highlight to highlight my concealer by patting motion. If you want to correct your under eyes, I would recommend to use the yellow highlight first and blend with the beige highlight.


2) Proportion is the key

Again, we all have different face shapes. To help you know where to put the contour powder you can measure using your makeup brush from ear and stop to the center of your eye or outer corner. After this, blend upwards and brush downwards up to your ear to avoid harsh lines.


3). Forehead Sculpt

I used the medium contour around my forehead and temple.


4) Add depth to the cheeks

Using medium contour powder, I started brushing off again from the edge of the cheekbones near the ear and apply short strokes downward.


5) Define Jawline

I started to apply the light contour powder under my chin and along to my jawline. Make sure you blend very well so it won’t leave harsh line.


6) Nose Contour

Start from your brow area to the side of your nose and brush downward to make it look natural.


Then pat down a little bit of darker tone near the brow area up to the tip of your nose, don’t add anything between the brows and tip of the nose to avoid looking unrealistic. contouring_highlighting_stepbystep_tutorial_masterlikea_PRO_Lorac_Palette_Powder_emsmith_noseline_7

8) Shady Lip

I like to create a little bit of shadow under my lower lips. I used the edge of the brush and I apply medium contour powder.


9) Add some highlight

I used the highlighter over my nose, upper cheeks, above my lips and chin. Again, take time to blend to make sure that your make-up will look more natural.






Photo taken without flash


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I am a fan of this technique, even though I don’t use this for my daily routine, but I’m sure I’ll use this for special occasions. Just remember, don’t over use it so you won’t look like someone else 🙂

Do you know what face shape are you? What areas do you want to enhance?

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