Contouring and highlighting has been a huge makeup trend in recent years, and with good reason - you can use concealer to achieve more defined cheek bones, to make your lips look bigger, and my personal favorite - to hide a double chin. And despite all of the intricate tutorials out there, I want to show you that it can actually be quick an easy and something you can incorporate into your everyday makeup routine!
The first trick is to start with the right concealer shades. First, let’s get one thing straight: when I say highlighter, I do not mean the super light and shimmery highlighter that should only be reserved for above the cheekbones. I’ve seen all too many makeup vloggers apply that all over, from the forehead to the tip of the nose, to the cupid’s bow and the chin. That can be great for added shimmer, but for basic contouring and highlighting, stick with natural skin tone concealers.
How to Pick the Right Shade of Concealer
For the highlights, you want a concealer that is one to two shades lighter than your foundation. If you just go one shade lighter, as I have, pick one with a yellow tone, so you can also use it to effectively cover any red spots, blemishes, and dark under-eye circles. Pictured below: BeaBlue Camouflage Cream in "Golden Sand"
For the contour color, pick one that is a few shades darker than your foundation. I went with BaeBlue Beauty’s Camouflage Cream in Teakwood.
How to Highlight with Concealer
It’s simple. You really want to hit the areas that naturally catch the light, like the middle of your forehead just above the eyebrows, above your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, the cupid’s bow above your lips, and the center of your chin.
How to Contour with Concealer
Opposite to highlighting, but just as easy, contouring also has a simple trick - apply it to the places that naturally cast a shadow. For example, you can create defined cheekbones by applying the darker concealer in the hollows of your cheeks. Apply thin lines up and down the sides of your nose to make it appear smaller. Use some along the hairline at the top of the face to minimize a larger forehead. And my go-to is to use the darker contour shade along the jawline and down towards my neck to hide a double chin.
Contouring and highlighting can truly be quick and easy enough to do everyday if you pick one area or two that you want to focus on the most. You can refer to this BaeBlu makeup chart as a reminder, and check out my simple tutorial on the BaeBlu home page!
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About the Author: Krisztina Clifton is the owner and editor at Krisztina Clifton Beauty. She has been testing beauty products and blogging about beauty and wellness tips for over ten years. See more about Krisztina.