The power of contouring and highlighting is truly amazing and adding these two extra steps in to your make up routine can make all the difference. By creating shadows and light you can sculpt your face making it look instantly slimmer and more chiseled. So don't worry if you don't have cheekbones like Angelina Jolie because by using a few products you can easily fake it.
There are lots of different methods of contouring including doing it before you apply foundation, using different colours of foundation or the more traditional method of contouring and highlighting over foundation. In my day to day make up I only do a small amount of contouring and highlighting however if I'm going on a night out I tend to spend a bit more time on it.
Firstly I will apply my concealer and foundation and then choose a contour powder. There are few different products which I like to use, one being The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer or another being the Sleek Contour Kit. Using either a smaller face brush or an angled blush brush I will suck in my cheeks and apply the contour powder under the cheekbones where there is a natural shadow. Next I will take some over my temples and along my hairline. Next I will apply a little under my chin and then along my jaw line. At first this can look a bit scary and the lines will be a bit obvious so I then take a big fluffy brush (Real Techniques Powder Brush) and blend out all of the harsh lines. This makes my face look a bit more sculpted and defined, especially my cheekbones. Contouring will make everything look smaller. You can also contour down each side of your nose but I don't tend to bother with this. Another great product for contouring is M.A.C Powder Blush in Blunt.
Next I will highlight. This makes areas of the face stand out and together with contouring creates a gorgeous effect. I tend to like cream highlighters they best as they give a nice dewy natural look. My favourite has to be the Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Creme in Icy Gold. I will use a stipplying brush or sometime just use my fingers and dab a some highlighter along the tops of my cheekbones, along my brow bone and down the centre of my nose. Other highlighters I like are Benefit High Beam and M.A.C Cream Colour Base in Pearl. Again you can highlight your forehead and chin but I like you just stick to my cheeks, brow bone and nose. I will also use a bigger brush to blend my highlighter if need be. I will then go on to do the rest of my make up as normal.
Make up artist to the stars, Scott Barnes has a book called About Face which gives amazing tips and insight in to conoturing and highlighting. His method is so intriguing and the pictures in the book really show the full effect that contour and highlight can have.
So next time you are doing your make up try adding in some contour and highlight and I guarantee you will love the results. Don't worry if you don't grasp it straight away it does take some time to get it down to a tee.