Highlighting and contouring make for a perfect looking face, like warm chocolate syrup and a bright creamy vanilla ice-cream looks.

Contouring basically means using a matte powder/cream that is two shades darker than your skin tone to shade areas on your face to define and reshape features such as nose, cheekbones, forehead, and chin.

Highlighting on the other hand offsets contoured areas and accentuates certain areas of the face. It is done by first applying a concealer that is two shades lighter than your skin tone, and then applying a highlighter to accentuate areas of the face that naturally catch the light.

When done right, both these techniques can combine to make the face look shapelier, and prevent it from looking flat by giving it a dimension.

Here’s a quick guide to choosing the right shades of shaper and highlighter according to skin tone:

  • Fair skin – Champagne tones
  • Light-medium skin – Pinkish tones
  • Olive skin – Golden tones
  • Warm skin – Terracotta tones

Before attempting to contour or highlight face for the first time, consult a video guide so you know what’s exactly to be done to achieve great results. Go shine!

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