06 August, 2016

HOW I: Powder Contouring & Highlighting

Hi guys. How was your week? It was definitely a very tiring week... waking up at unbearable hours can get the best of a human. Anyways, I have a full week off work ahead of me so I can't wait to get my energy back! Today, I'm coming to you with a new series on the blog: the "HOW I" series. In this post, I would like to show you how I powder contour and highlight. Without further delay, let's get started!

After I apply my base and concealer and set it with a translucent powder, I go ahead and start my contouring.

For contouring, I recommend using a cool tone, matte bronzer. Warm bronzer is much better for just warming up the face rather than contouring... we don't want to look muddy ;) Also a shimmery bronzer would not be the best idea, as shimmers attract light and that's the opposite of what we want to do.

For powder contouring, I use this angled face brush that I got from eBay. You can take a look at the set in my eBay Brushes Haul - Part 3. I feel like the type of brush to use is up to you and your preference. I prefer an angled brush, but some people use a stippling brush or a flat, thin brush.

I swirl my brush around in the contour shade of my Catrice Prime & Fine Professional Contour Palette, that I got in my recent Makeup Haul and tap off the excess.

Okay, so my trick is to firstly do the duck face. That way, the hollows under my cheekbones are accentuated and I exactly know where to put my brush. I place my brush as close to the top of my ear as possible and dispose the product on my face lightly and in circular motions following the hollows of my cheeks. Add more product if you wish, depending on how strong you want your contour to be.

I also like to contour my forehead. I don't do it every time, but for the purpose of this blog post, I will show you how I do it. I dip my brush into the contour and tap off the excess again. I place the brush on my temple and lightly sweep my brush across the top part of my forehead using circular motions. I don't like this contour to be too harsh, so I just do it once more this time starting from the other temple.

Now the fun part - highlighting. This has become my favourite part of makeup. For my powder highlight. When it comes to highlighting, there is no rules! Champagne, pink, silver, blue or any shade you want will be perfect. I'm going to use the shade that's in this palette, it's a pretty light champagne colour.

I like to go overboard with my highlight, so beware ;) For this particular highlight I am going to use this flimsy angled brush that I got in the PS... Contour Palette. Swirl your brush into the highlight and place it on top of your cheekbones. In lightweight movements dispose the product on your face and voila!

So that is all for today! I hope you like my contour and highlighting techniques and that I helped you in some way. Let me know in the comments down below what is your favourite countouring/highlighting powders. Thank you all for reading and talk to you all on Tuesday!

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