How To Contour and Highlight

Written by Sierra Hamilton | Reviewed by Linda Simko Last Updated: March 16, 2024

What Does Contouring Do For You?

You’re going to want to apply where the natural shadows on your face are found. Those natural shadows are found on the temples of your forehead, on parallel lines going down the sides of your nose, your jawline and directly below the cheekbones.

What Does Highlighting Do For You?

These are going to be the areas on your face that are hit with the most natural lighting. These areas are going to include directly above the contouring that was done to the cheekbones, the inner part of your forehead, cupids bow and in the middle of the chin. The highlighting will also help the contouring you applied stick out.

Cream Contour vs. Powder Contour

When picking your contour kit you should keep your skin type in the back of you mind. If you tend to have oily skin then a cream contour kit will most likely just add on to your problem. With dry skin adding the powder contour on top of that will just add to your flakiness. So before you jump on buying a certain contour kit weigh out your pros and cons of the two kits to see what would be the best fit for your skin.

Step 1: Find the Contour Kit

Now most contour kits come in different shades, you will have to try and find the best one that will soot your skin tone.  When looking for the perfect contour kit you are going to want to find a palette that the highlighter is about two shades lighter than your natural skin tone and for the contour you are going to want shades that are about two to three shades darker than your natural color. Do not panic, the darkness is what is going to help make your cheekbones pop and it will be blended in so the shade is not as dark once you are done.

Cream Contour Kits

Aesthetica Cosmetics Cream Contour and Highlighting Kit– $35

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ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Contour Kit, Light to Medium– $43

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Powder Contour Kits

City Color Contour Effects TWO– $6.67

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Lush Minerals Contour Kit– $16.95

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Application Brushes

BS-Mall Makeup Brushes– $10.99

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Susenstone Flat Contour Makeup Brush– $2.81

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Blending Applicators

Beauty blender, Original Beauty Blender– $19.94

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Aesthetica Cosmetics Double Ended Contour and Highlight Makeup Brush– $17.95

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Step Two: Highlight

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You are first going to want to apply your foundation. Applying your foundation first helps set in the contour and highlight.

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Start applying your highlighter. You want to start by highlighting the middle of your face and work outward. Under the eyes you want to u upside-down triangle pretty much.p

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You want to continue the highlighting process by doing the forehead. If you think you have a big forehead you want to stay away from going too high up with the highlight.

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You are going to want to take the highlight from he forehead and move down the middle of the nose, down to the cupids bow and onto the middle of your chin.

Step 3: Contour

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When applying the contour you want to go from the corner of where your ear and hairline meet and angle down to the corner of your mouth.

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Apply the contour in that downward angle, do not go too far down or your cheekbones won’t get the pop you want them to get.

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Contour the top of your forehead and work it into your hairline. Do not forget to get your temples either.

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Apply the contour along the jawline.

Step 4: Blend

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After you are done applying all of the highlight and contour make sure you blend blend blend!!


Full Length Video

This video is for beginners so don’t be shy! Get all of your supplies together get the highlighting and contouring beautiful look!



  • Sierra Hamilton

    Hi, I'm Sierra Hamilton, the founder and main author of My journey began as a salon enthusiast, and over time, I came to recognize the challenges many face when comparing services and prices across different salons. Tired of the opaque pricing in the beauty world, I was inspired to launch My mission is simple: to offer a platform where visitors can access accurate and up-to-date price listings for a myriad of beauty services, streamlining the decision-making process. I'm deeply committed to ensuring everyone can make informed and confident choices about where to indulge in their next beauty treatment.

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