Makeup 101: Highlight and Contour to Enhance the Facial Structure, Part 2: Contouring

Updated: Feb 29, 2020

As the holidays are fast-approaching, I can’t help but dream of all the delicious comfort food that I’ll get to indulge in, starting with my fav goodies, all covered in chocolate on Halloween. Get togethers with family, friends, and co-workers will put us in the vicinity of delicious cocktails, apple cider, egg nog, and delectable meals to warm our souls. But Stylers, you already know what that translates to: Happy Pounds!

Besides checking out the Health and Fitness section of for dope tips to stay fit and lean during the commencement of the holidays, we can also add another tried and true makeup technique to our Indigo Blue Style arsenal to create the illusion of shadow and tone in the face that can be achieved, naturally, when we work out. You ever noticed your face slimming out after a few weeks when consistently hitting the gym and eating clean? Well, today we are going to discuss “Contouring”, the makeup technique that “snatches” the face and creates the slimming effect that celebrities like, Kim K. and J. LO use to perpetuate a youthful, well-sculpted makeup look. This technique pairs well with the technique, “Highlighting” that we discussed last week. So kick your feet up, grab a cup of warm cider, and let’s delve into how to slay my favorite makeup technique to apply to my clients and to wear...

Stylers, first thing first...using some of the techniques we’ve discussed in the weeks prior or some of your own go-to eye looks, complete your brow and eyeshadow routine. Bounce and blend foundation into the skin of your face, neck, and over the exposed skin of the ears using a damp beauty blender. Refer back to my editorial on “highlighting” to create illumination on the high points of the face and when your satisfied with the results, reach for liquid concealer 2-3 shades darker than your foundation color to create a wicked “contour” effect. Contour the face by creating the illusion of shadow and depth under the places we highlight like in the hollows of the cheeks, immediately under the jaw, at the temples, on the outskirts of the bridge of the nose, and around the hairline by pressing a small amount of concealer into these areas and blending it out by bouncing it into the skin with a damp beauty blender. LESS IS MORE, Stylers. Start with a small amount of concealer and add more if your looking to create an intense shadow or a slimming effect. Set and warm up the contoured area with a bronzer like Fenty Beauty’s Sun Stalk’r which comes in 8 inclusive shades that will suit any of you Stylers looking to get snatched. Finish the look by adding a complimentary blush to the apples of your cheeks and to the temples, applying lipstick or gloss of your choice to your lucious lips, creating a pop of shine by applying highlighter to the high points of your cheekbones, on the bridge of the nose, and under the brow bone, and by setting your face with a setting spray. Look completed!

And there you have it, Stylers! Contour locked and loaded...Stay tuned for next week’s editorial where we discuss how to create a sultry ombré lip that you can mix, match, and transition from day to night.

-Angelika S. Realer

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