*Disclaimer: Some of the products mentioned in this post were provided to me for review
How to Highlight and Contour
Highlighting and contouring is ALL over the place these days. You can’ t get away from it, and I often hear women in my Makeup Group complain about how incredibly hard it is to figure out how to highlight and contour. Having dark skin seems to only complicate matters, but I’m hear to tell you that it CAN be done, you just need to use the right products.
Concealers are a girl’s very very best friend. Aside from their uncanny ability to hide all of our imperfections, you can also use them to dress, or wardrobe your face. Concealer wardrobing is the term used to describe using several concealers in different shades and formulas to sculpt your face.
The lovely folks over at Ulta Beauty supplied me with some amazing products to test out my ability to highlight and contour using the concealer wardrobing method.
Steps to Concealer Wardrobing
- Apply your Foundation and Primer as usual. I used the Becca Cosmetics Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector and the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation in Rich Honey.
- Apply a conealer 2-3 shades lighter than your skin tone to the areas where sunlight naturally hits your face. I used a combination of the Amazing Cosmetics Perfection Stick in Deep and Tan. To apply I used the Real Techniques Foundation Brush.
- Apply a concealer one-two shades darker and warmer than your natural skin color to the hollows of your cheeks and in somewaht of a “V” formation on your forheard. For this step I used the deepest shade in the NYX COSMETICS 3C Conceal Correct Contour Palette “DEEP”
- Now, you want to set the conealer and foundation in place using press or loose powders. For my highlighted areas I used the AMAZING COSMETICS VelvetMineral Pressed Powder Foundation in Tan, and for my contour I used the Becca Perfect Skin Mineral Powder Foundation in Cacao.
- Once the concealers are set or “baked” into place using a powder, it’s time to blend it all away. Using both my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, I was able to remove the harsh lines so that the areas where I’ve highlighted and contoured aren’t overtly visible, like so:
- Lastly, apply any blush or bronzer you see fit. My favorite bronzers are the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors in the shades Opal, Topaz, or Rose Gold.
- Once it’s all done, you’ll have a perfectly sculpted face and no one will know all the steps it took to get there!
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