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Simple Highlight and Contour


Been on Instagram lately? A multiplicity of mini tutorials and diagrams and you name it exist on the highlight and contour technique.

Simply done it can truly enhance your overall look, but the heavier you pack the products on, the stranger it can become. Exaggeration, in my humble opinion should be reserved for the stage and film. But I'm just saying.

When we came up with the idea to host a highlight and contour workshop, it forced me to think hard about what to include: the products we should use and the tools. More and more I was concerned with keeping it as easy and straightforward as possible with maximum impact and beauty still at the forefront.

So here are my top ten tips for a pretty and effective highlight and contour.

1. Make sure that your foundation matches your skintone. Otherwise it's all shot to hell.
2. Powder sets cream or liquid. We live in the tropics, don't set the makeup, you'll be a goopy, runny mess. TRUST.
3. Moisturize and PRIME (please note Milk of Magnesia is NOT a primer. It simply mattifies the skin, just a thought) your skin, then use MAC Fix+ or NYX Matte Spray, THEN set with your Ben Nye Final Seal or Model in a Bottle.

Ben Nye doesn't only sell Banana Powder.
MAC Fix + is one of my absolute favourite products! Pleasant smell and it really helps to melt and blend the makeup when sprayed on completion. Softens that powdery finish beautifully.

4. L.A. Girl Pro Conceal is fabulous for highlight and contour but good grief, half the tube? #overdo
5. Ben Nye Banana Powder ain't for everybody.

Doesn't work for all skintones. Believe me! 

6. Use a wedge or beauty blender to set the undereye area. PLEASE.

One of my fave tools for blending and powder setting hands down! 

7. Black eyeshadow for contour is not a good idea, unless you can blend that ish into oblivion. #ijs
8. Using a translucent powder to set is a good option. AS long as the result isn't Casper like. #boo
9. Not everyone needs a golden highlight on the bridge of the nose, and if you have a larger forehead, do NOT pack on the contour shade all the way to the eyebrows. #nothot
10. Less is more.

As I'm trying to give you real life visuals in my blogposts, I hope you like the photos below of some of my work using this technique! Comment below if you want to be a beast at the highlight and contour!

Tanisha loves simple, but glam. And we added a little glow on the cheek using SLEEK Sugar blush in 'Turbanado'.

Tanisha's under eye creases so using the Beautyblender to set is essential! 

I highlighted my browbone, under eye, forehead and nose.
She wanted a very light highlight. I also contoured below her lip to make them appear extra pouty.
Natalie specified a heavy, serious h&c for her BCC grad look. I think we nailed it. One of my best looks on her to date.


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