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Contouring and Highlighting are two artsy tricks that can magically enchance your cheek bones and creating  a flattering bone structure and movie lighting. There are a few levels of contouring, it can be presented as a more glamourous look or as a more neutral every day look. This step by step tutorial will cover how to properly utilize your concealer, foundation and power to put that spotlight on gorgeous you!

You will need the following items:  

-Liquid foundation in a shade that best matches your skin tone.

-Liquid concealer or foundation in a slightly lighter color than your skin

-Concealer, foundation, or powder in a slightly darker color than your skin

-Setting powder


-A powder blush

-A foundation blush or sponge

-A concealer brush

The basic contouring and highlighting tutorial: 

Step 1- Clean and moisturize your skin, then apply foundation( the one that best matches your skin) all over your face with the foundation brush or sponge. A tip for those with a darker skin tone, is to blend the foundation to the midway of your neck; this will make the difference between the face and neck less stark.

Step 2- Take the lighter concealer or foundation with your foundation brush and apply it to your T-zone. The t-zone area is right above your eyebrows  and the spot between them, if you have one; down the center of your nose; the middle of your upper lip; and the middle of your chin. Apply the lighter color under your eyes too, this will help get rid of eye-bags! Also apply right above your cheekbones and above your jawline- this key to structure the cheek bone.

Step 3- Take a brush or a sponge to blend the makeup in until there is no visible line between the regular foundation the lighter color. Seamless is key. Is easier to use a sponge than a brush. The beauty blender or similar products are great and it does a smoother job than brushes.

Step 4- Now is time to contour. Take the darker color foundation, and similar like before, apply it to the side of your nose, right under your cheekbones and hairline. Then, blend like you did earlier with the highlight.

Step 5- This might not seem important, but this is very effective from experience. Apply finishing powder to the whole face. This will help the foundation color stay and also remove any excess shine in your makeup. Since there was lots of liquid foundations used throughout this look, the finishing powder really help everything set.

Step 6 (optional)- This is an optional step but it helps with giving your look a bit more dimension and pretty glow. Add blush to your cheeks by moving upward to your temples.

Photography Marcos de Lara KC

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