It’s a method that involves using light and dark shades of makeup to enhance facial features, drawing attention to the ones you love and downplaying what you may think of as flaws.
There are a number of benefits to highlighting and contouring, especially with a professional airbrush makeup system.
Perfect Base with Foundation
First, you’ll want to apply a smooth, perfect base that’s matched to your skin color using your regular foundation. Doing this not only gives you a nice canvas for your highlighting and contouring but also gives you a starting point from which you’re comfortable and familiar.
Using a darker shade to recess certain areas of your face, such as the hollows of the cheeks, will cause other areas to pop or to stand out more, such as the cheekbones. Another common area for contouring is the jawline, instantly creating the look of a firmer jaw and thinner face. Don’t go overboard as you wouldn’t want this look to be too harsh. A light hand is best and can be darkened if necessary. Always blend well.
Highlighting is created with a specific highlighting product, a light powder or eye shadow. You want something that complements your skin tone and provides a bit of shimmer. Common areas to highlight are the brow bones and inner eyelids to create brighter looking eyes with less dark circles and on the tops of the cheeks to brighten and lift the face. Again, it’s essential that you blend well.
With a little practice, you’ll be highlighting and contouring your face like a pro. It brings dimension and light to your look, which helps lessen the fading effects of age. Have fun with it. You’ll be amazed at the difference this simple technique can make.