How To Contour and Highlight Like a Makeup Pro

Contouring makeup doesn’t have to be dark or dramatic or leave you looking like a Kardashian. Here’s how to apply like a pro.

Highlighting and Contouring Makeup 101

Not sure where to start when it comes to contouring? Try this application trick from Rodial makeup artist Gemma Wheatcroft: Using a highlighter, create three upside-down triangles. Draw the first triangle in the middle of your forehead with the tip between your brows, then a smaller triangle under each eye.

With a contouring shade, suck in your cheeks and shade just below the sunken area, stopping before your mouth. Blend the harsh lines with your finger or makeup brush . Tap highlighter over your cheekbones, brow bones, chin and tip of your nose.

Click through for a few of the latest contouring and highlighting must-haves.

Elizabeth Arden Limited Edition Beautiful Color Bold Illuminating Liquid Highlighter

This liquid formula comes in a unique pot with a netted covering. It allows you to simply and touch and pat on a gorgeous sheen that blends seamlessly with your other makeup.

Elizabeth Arden Limited Edition Beautiful Color Bold Illuminating Liquid Highlighter, $32 at Shopper’s Drugmart and Hudson’s Bay.

Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Strobing Stick

Available in two shades, this creamy stick highlighter goes on sheer and shimmer-free and is easy to apply directly to the high points of your face for a subtle glow.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

Available in cool and warm shades, this palate pairs three sets of highlight and contour powders for a perfect match.

Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Stick Trio

These creamy pencils provide ultra-precise results, so shading smaller areas (like your nose) is a snap.

Marc Jacobs Beauty #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder

This jet-milled duo comes in three shades and is infused with botanicals to transform your look instantly.

Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette

The cooler shades in this palette mimic true, shadow-like hues and are especially ideal for fairer skin.

Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Contour Powder

This celeb must-have will help you master contouring with zero risk of looking orange or muddy.

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