Everyone LOVED Torrey’s post about foundation last week, and I’m sure you all are awaiting part 2 which focuses on highlighting and contouring. I won’t delay any longer, here it is!
After applying your foundation, you face becomes flat because it is all one color. Naturally, especially for women of color, our faces are slightly darker around the perimeter and lighter in the middle. To bring back the depth and light to your face, contouring and highlighting are necessary.
Contouring brings shadows to the face, making the area where contoured seem more distant or smaller. While highlighting does this exact opposite. You highlight the areas of your face where light naturally falls.
The areas of your face that are usually contoured are the hollows of the cheeks, the jawline, sides of the nose, and temples.
The areas of your face that are usually highlighted are under the eyes, tops of cheeks, bridge of the nose, middle of the forehead, cupid’s bow (the area right above the middle of your upper lip), and chin.
You can choose to use powder, cream, or even liquid products to contour and highlight. To create the effect, you must contour with a shade that is one to two shades darker than your natural skin tone. To highlight, you’ll use a shade that is one to two shades lighter than your natural skin tone.
This is an EXTREMELY EXAGGERATED example of contouring and highlighting to show the placement of the products. It will look similar to this when you apply, but the key is blending!
For the contour I used Bobbi Brown’s powder bronzer in Bahama and to highlight I used Bobbi Brown’s creamy concealer in honey.
When highlighting under your eyes, you can choose to take the product all the way up to just where your brows end, or even to your temples, in a “V” shape. Or you can choose to leave it directly under your eyes.
To blend the highlight, I used a cosmetic wedge. This allowed me to blend while keeping the highlighted areas bright. If you use a brush and blend too much, you will blend away the highlight and you’ll need to reapply your product.
Here is a picture of everything slightly blended. Still very exaggerated.
Contouring my nose made it appear to be smaller and more chiseled. Contouring the hollows of the cheeks makes your cheek bones stand out more, this along with highlighting the tops of the cheeks. Contouring your temples, slightly into your forehead, makes your forehead appear smaller.
I’ll admit, this looks quite scary! LOL!
But again, this is very exaggerated, I don’t go so heavy on the contour and never contour my nose or temples.
Before & After 🙂
Can you tell the difference? If so, leave a comment!
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