Contouring and highlighting will give shape to an area of the face and enhancing the facial structure through makeup.  When you contour and highlight your face their are key spots you want to make sure you cover.  Below is a graph that show some of these areas.



The first thing you want to do when starting this technique is to moisturize your face and apply your foundation .  When picking out your contour color and highlight, use a color that is a shade darker then your skin for contouring and a shade lighter for highlighting.

It is important to keep your face shape in mind not all highlighting and contouring is universal.

Apply concealer to any darkness under the eye or other blemishes on the face.  Highlight the tops of your cheek bone, bridge of your nose, under your eyebrows, chin, and center of your forehead.  Try not to over highlight, remember less is always more.

Next you will apply the darker color into the hallow parts of your cheeks, to help you find these areas you can suck in your cheek.  This will help define your cheek bones.  You can also apply it to your forehead and temples around your hairline and under chin.

Blend, Blend, Blend this is key to finishing up this look.  You can also give your complexion a soft mat finish and fix your foundation by applying powder.  Starting at the center of the face, working outwards using sweeping movements. Don’t powder over your Highlights to keep this part very glowy.  You can also add a blush for a pop of color.