|Items shown above: NYX Wonder Stick, Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit, Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour and Highlight, Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, Marc Jacobs Beauty #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder|
In the past, contouring has mostly been done by applying a bronzer or illuminator to the low and high points of your face. Contour colors, however, are different in that a contour shade creates a muted shadow, while a bronzer creates a more bronzed look. Highlighting shades that come in contour palettes are also less shimmery and are slightly more yellow toned than illuminators. This creates a more natural "lifted" look to you face rather than a glow.
Above is a chart highlighting (pun not intended) the basics to contouring. Contouring essentially has two "rules": Contour on the low points of your face and Highlight on the high points of your face. While this may seem simple, contouring does take practice. If you are just starting to contour, begin practicing with a little bit of the product. This lighter contour is also great for an everyday or for a more natural look. After some practice, if you want a more defined look for a night out, you can slowly build up the contour. The same goes with highlighting. Just be sure to blend!
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