Even if you’re not a total beauty junkie, chances are you have heard of highlighting and contouring. They’ve been around forever, but it seems every few months new techniques make their way into mainstream conversations thanks to bloggers and social media. Think of strobing, clowning and baking, to start. The reason these techniques are so popular is because of the results they provide. Highlighting and contouring work together to sculpt and refine your face and enhance the features you love, making them a fun way to play around with different looks, even if it’s just for date night. Some tutorials can be intimidating and look like you need to use a lot of makeup, but really the most important thing to remember when trying any new makeup technique is you can keep it really simple or go dramatic to get the results you are looking for.
There are several methods and products used for highlighting and contouring. What makes them successful is:
- Each one complements the other to achieve the optimum result.
- They’re appropriate for the setting (e.g. heavy shading is best for nighttime looks).
- They’re well blended.
- The shades used are as natural-looking as possible.
Let’s start by learning to apply highlighter!