A woman looking in a small mirror putting blush on her face.

5 Steps for Contouring Your Face with Blush, Highlighter and Bronzer

Follow this five-step guide for fool-proof contouring to add dimension to your face.


By: Lynnette Hernandez

Professional makeup artists have been using contouring for years. With contouring, you have the ability to add more dimension to your face by adding shadows and highlights, playing up your cheekbones and even reshaping your nose. It can be so effective that contouring is often the secret “glam” factor in the gorgeous red-carpet looks of many celebrities.

What You’ll Need:
Bronzer
Blush
Highlighter
Angled contour brush
Fluffy blush brush




1. Choose the Right Colour for You
Choose a bronzer a couple shades darker than your natural skin tone. Stick with a matte bronzer, as opposed to one with shimmer, since it should create depth and sculpt the face.

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2. Find Your Contours
Apply bronzer along the hollows of your cheeks (the best way to find the right spot for application is to make “fish lips”). Follow the line in a crescent shape — be sure it’s somewhat parallel to the jaw line and reaches up to the hairline.



3. Sweep on Blush
Using a round blush brush, apply blush to the apples of your cheeks and back toward the temples. This area should be right above the bronzer application to ensure a seamless blend.

4. Blend
Once you have the blush in place, use the blush brush to blend the bronzer and blush together using a circular buffing motion. This step is important, as you don’t want obvious lines across your face where one ends and the other begins.



5. Highlight Those Cheekbones
The final step is highlighting to bring out the cheekbones. Apply the highlighter directly on your cheekbones, just above the blush. Your cheekbones are located at the highest part of the outer cheek, just below the eye.

The most important part of this look is remembering to blend and avoid obvious lines. Do you have a big event you need to look glam for? Tell us about it in the comments.



Lynnette writes Style Maeve, a fashion blog dedicated to finding the latest styles, celebrity looks and weekly features that help you get the look you want without breaking the bank.

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MaryLan

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I’ll try this 5 steps. I have never used contouring and a friend just gave me a set. Thanks

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I’ll try this 5 steps. I have never used contouring and a friend just gave me a set. Thanks

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