Contouring and highlighting is a game of light and shadows that has more twists and turns than the plot of Game of Thrones! Put quite simply, contouring is using a darker shade than your skin tone to deepen or reshape the areas where shadows fall naturally on your face. Highlighting is accentuating the prominent areas that naturally catch the light on your face.

If you are a newbie at this game or if you still have doubts about what goes where, watch the video and let Sarah Jane Dias take you through a guide on concealing, contouring and highlighting.

Conceal

Conceal

Use a concealer in a lighter shade than your complexion for brightening your face. Whether you use a liquid or a cream based concealer, take some on the back of your hand and blend to warm up the product.

Pick the product with your index fingertip, and dab and blend it below your eyes to conceal any pigmentation. Dab the same concealer along the centre of your face, starting at the centre of your forehead, along the length of your nose and a little on your chin and blend outwards towards your hair line.

Do not forget to conceal the sides of your nose and around the outer corners of your mouth.

Contour

Contour

For contouring, there are many options available. You could opt for a darker shade of concealer, a darker shade of foundation or even a darker shade of powder to do the trick! Use an angled brush to trace the shape ‘3’ starting at the temples, along the area just below your cheekbones (where the hollow is) and ending just below your jawline.

Highlight

Highlight

Dab a little highlighter (you could also use a champagne coloured eyeshadow for a similar effect) along the top of your cheekbone. The shimmer in the highlighter will reflect the light that naturally catches on the high points of your cheeks.

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