Beauty Illustration Featuring and Shaping

Beauty Illustration Featuring and Shaping

Even if you are not a total beauty junkie, you have probably already heard about highlighting and contouring. They have always been around, but it seems that every few months new techniques are making their way into mainstream conversations thanks to bloggers and social media. First of all, think about strobing, clowning and baking. The reason these techniques are so popular is because of the results they provide. Highlights and contours work together to shape and refine your face and enhance the features you love, making it a fun way to play around with different looks, even if it’s just for a date night. Some tutorials can be intimidating and look like you have to use a lot of makeup, but the most important thing to remember when trying a new makeup technique is that you can keep it really simple or become dramatic to get the results you want. There are several methods and products for highlighting and contouring. What makes them successful is:

  • Each complements the other to achieve the optimal result.
  • They are suitable for the environment (for example, strong shades are best suited for night looks).
  • They are well mixed.
  • The shades used are as natural as possible.

Let’s start by learning how to apply highlighters!

  • Where to apply highlighter
  • How to apply highlighter on your face in 3 easy steps

If you are a beginner in highlighting, here is a short tutorial to bring the focus to the center of your face, make you look more awake and get you out of the house quickly! The purpose of highlighting is to highlight areas and bring them forward.

Highlighting colors should be lighter than your skin tone, and they can be matte or contain shimmer. The best three places to apply a highlighter are:

  • Under your eyes on your cheekbone.
  • Down to the bridge of the nose.
  • Over the upper apples of your cheeks, just behind the outer corners of your eyes.

Advanced highlighting techniques

Are you ready for the next step in highlighting? Here you can apply highlighters for more dramatic results:

Forehead center – Gently swipe a matte highlighter outwards in a star shape.

Nose Bridge – Swipe the highlighter over the bridge of your nose to draw attention to the center of your face.
Inner corner of the eye – Dab a champagne or gold colored highlighter (depending on your undertones) in the corners to make your eyes pop.

Brow Bone – Apply a shimmering highlighter on your brow bone to accentuate your bow, hide stray hairs and create the illusion of bigger eyes.

Top of your Cheekbone – Brush highlighters on your cheekbones to reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes and define your cheekbone.

Upper Apple of your cheek – Add luminosity to the apples of your cheeks by applying highlighter to your blush.

Cupid Bow – Use a concealer brush to apply a small amount of highlighter to your cupid bow to give your lips a more dimensional look.

Middle of her lower lip – Dab shimmer in the middle of her lower lip with your finger to make her look fuller.

Chin Center – A touch of highlighter in the center of your chin draws attention to the midline of your face.
Best highlighters by jane iredale

Here are some of our best highlighters: I would mention here that cream vs powder can achieve similar results, but it’s more about preferences

Glow Time Highlighter sticks, they are easy to apply!

Primers and concealers: Choose a mineral foundation that is one or two shades lighter than your skin tone, or try Active Light Under the Eyes concealer.

Matte-based eyeshadow: Try shades like white, bone or champagne pure pressed eyeshadow.

Shimmering Cream Eyeshadow Primers: The new smooth matter for eyes in naked, canvas or gold are great as highlighters.

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