If you’ve ever looked at a model and actress and wondered how she could be so flawless, thank her makeup artist. The advanced art of contouring and highlighting can create the illusion of high cheekbones and small chins and noses even if you’re not naturally blessed with those features.
Start by applying tanner to the sides of your face. This generally makes your face appear thinner and your features sharper. In fact, highlighting and contouring is the secret for models and actresses who feel that their facial features are too flat! You can continue thinning your face by applying bronze or a tanning product along your jawline and even under your chin.
Perhaps the most important location is under your cheekbones. The right amount of bronzer really makes them pop. Highlighting and contouring the cheekbones correctly is the one step we always recommend. You can top off with a pop of blusher, but even without the rouge, you might feel as though your look is complete.
To create the illusion of a different face shape or just to exaggerate your own natural features, you’ll want to pair tanning or bronzing with highlighting. Highlighting uses light colors to draw attention to specific features. You’ll want to apply highlighting to the middle of your forehead, above your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose and to the sides of your nose. Of course, highlighting under your eyes helps to reduce the look of bags and dark circles.
You can achieve the look of fuller lips by highlighting the cupid’s bow above your top lip and a downward triangle on your chin beneath your lower lip. If you apply just a bit of tanning product just below your lip and blend well, it will appear as though your pout is sexy and full.
If you’re wearing a strapless dress or top, you can extend contouring and highlighting to your shoulders. Apply highlighter on your color bone and add depth with darker triangles in the hollow and just below your collar bone.
Blending is of utmost importance when it comes to shaping your face with contouring and highlighting. Otherwise, you’ll simply look like a bad “Before” photos with streaks of light and dark product across your face. Unblended tanner on cheekbones can look sallow and your makeup can look too obvious if you don’t blend properly. Proper blending creates the flawless finish you want, however!