Highlight and Contour


I often get questions about how to contour and highlight a face, so I thought I’d share I how do this technique. When it comes to highlight and contour less is always more. While Kim Kardashian has a flawless skin with great highlight and contour, it doesn’t mean in real life it will look as amazing as it does on TV.


Highlighting and contouring are two little tricks that you can use to enhance your bone structure and make it look like you’re constantly under the most flattering movie lighting possible. Using this technique you can manipulate the shape of your face to appear more sculptured.


It is important that you know your face shape before using this technique.


I usually start applying foundation to my whole face after hydrating. From there I need to decide on which products and shades I will be using. My go to concealer are the MAC Pro Conceal Palettes. Easy to use, has all the shades you need for a perfect contour and highlight in every skin tone.


To Highlight you need a concealer or foundation a shade or two lighter than your skin tone. This technique emphasises in adding light to your face.


Where to highlight: You will focus on the center of your forehead and draw a thin line as you move down the center of your nose. Don’t forget to highlight right above your lips on your cupid bow. Underneath and on the outer edge of your eye you will need a thick line and widening to cover the outer edge of your nose. A little dot on your chin and you are done.


To contour you need a shade or two darker than your skin. The contour technique is to create shadow and give you the illusion of depth.


Where to contour: Draw a thin line between the highlighted areas of your nose and over eyelids. A little dot on your temples. For cheeks, contour by starting at the cheekbone around the middle of your eye and following your cheekbone towards your ear.


After you have applied the highlight and contour colours to the face, I usually like to spray a bit of MAC Fix +, which helps with the blending process. Use a clean buffing brush to blend the colours in. Start with the lighter shades and blend it in with the darker until there are not evident lines you’re your face form one shade or the other.



About Luana Bickel

Luana Bickel Makeup Artist and Hairstylist Born and raised in Brazil, Luana made her big move to Australia in 2006. With extensive experience in the Education and Training Industry she felt it was time for a new challenge. She discovered her passion for makeup not long after moving to Sydney and started taking seriously in the past few years. Since studying Bridal Makeup Course at Cameron Jane, Luana has gained extensive experience in the fashion industry through fashion shows and events such as Makeup Artist at Hair Expo, She can DJ competition, Shekudo launch fashion show. Professionally trained Luana keeps up to date with new trends and works closely with fashion photographers, models and stylists. With a major focus on high fashion, beauty and glamour Luana uses high end makeup brands such as MAC, Estee lauder, Dior, Chanel, NARS to name a few, she creates anything from a natural look, to the most exquisite makeup looks for fashion shows.