Friday, November 13, 2009

TUTORIAL: Contour, Highlight, Blush

Hey beauties!
Here is my much requested contour, highlight and blush tutorial! I didn't add bronzer to this because a lot of the times when I contour I either contour with a bronzer or with a contouring blush so it's interchangeable in my beauty routine. Hope you guys have an awesome weekend and aren't stuck working like I am. ENJOY!

Step 1: I applied moisturizer, concealer, foundation, powder, brows and eye makeup. You can see my foundation tutorial by clicking here.

Step 2: Swipe your angled contour brush in a contouring powder such as MAC Harmony Blush or use your bronzer!

To help contour, you can suck in your cheeks a little to see where the hallow of your cheeks are. For a guideline, you can also use from the top your your ear to the corner of your mouth. I start from the top of my ear, swipe down to the corner of my mouth and then blend everything out. You can add more or less based on your preference. Keep going back and adding more following the same steps if you like.
Your finished contour will look something like this.

Contour the Nose: I like to use a QUO blending brush for this part. It is similar to a MAC 224. I squeeze it with my fingers and swipe it in MAC Harmony Blush. Then I drag it down the sides of my nose and blend it out. This helps streamline my nose, making it look thinner. I rarely do this, only for lots of pictures.

Contour the Forehead and Temples: Using the same angled contour brush, use MAC Harmony Blush and lightly brush it along the top of your forehead and down your temples, blending it in as you go. I have a large forehead so this helps make it "appear" smaller. I don't know how good of a job it actually does, but I like to think it works LOL.

Finished Contour should look something like this:

NOTE: Some ladies like to work from bottom to top (i.e., contour, blush, highlighter). However, I like to contour, highlight and then add blush (since blush is in the middle and blends everything together). I do it both ways, as long as you blend in each section thoroughly it will look fine.

Step 3: Take your favourite highlighting product and use this. Today I'm using a liquid, but I use powder highlighters interchangeably. If you are using a powder, just swipe it on the same area and blend it in!
One pump of MAC Strobe Liquid

I rub the liquid in between my two index fingers and dab a few dogs on each cheek bone and put a swipe down my nose. Then I rub it in (i.e., along the cheek bone (under the eye socket) and down the bride of the nose.

Your finished highlight should look something like this

Step 4: Take your blush, I'm using MAC MSF in So Ceylon and a MAC 116 Blush Brush, and apply it to the apples of your cheeks. I'm doing the dumb "blush smile" to show you where you should be applying it. I think I look silly. LOL I like to swipe it a bit backwards and then blend it into my contour and highlight. Using just by applying it on blends everything nicely together so I don't have to do much work.
Your finished contour, highlight and blush should look something like this! I did my contour a bit dark so it would show up in pictures. Normally this would be a bit more subtle, but you get the picture :)

And here is the finished face!

Hope this helps you guys out! Thank you SO much for reading and following my blog :D


  1. This looks so phenomenal. Contouring is something I never get quite right. I wish someone would come and poke my cheek's hollows!

  2. Great tutorial - I need to get my hands on Strobe Cream!

  3. Lovely.. I really want to try the strobe cream too :) x

  4. You made your already great cheekbones amazing! You are gorgeous!

  5. Hun!
    Thanks for following!
    your so talented!

  6. How does Strobe Lotion compare to High Beam or Moon Beam?

  7. OMG your skin is so flawless!! Thanks for the tut :)

  8. awww thanks for the tutorial !omg u r so pretty !hehe

  9. You look stunning in that last picture....seriously...thinking of highlighters makes me mad about my latest purchase....*glares at luxor*

  10. Cheryl, you seriously are one of my fav bloggers to check in on, on a daily basis...I love reading your posts! Love love love it :) Can you let us know what exactly you used for your simple eyeshadows in this contour, highlight & blush tutorial? Thanks!

  11. Beautifully done Cheryl, great post! ;)


  12. This is very helpful to me!! I have been wanting to try to contour and highlight for awhile now but never quite knew how to do it correctly so would just use blush and be done. Thanks for posting this!
    You're so pretty!!

  13. Thank you everyone for your comments! I love reading them. Each and every one you post puts a smile on my face!

    In response to some of your questions...

    @LacyBunny - Strobe Liquid has a much thinner consistency and is more subtle than High Beam. Sometimes highbeam is like "Look at my disco ball highlighting job" if you put too much. Strobe Liquid blends a lot better in and you can even add a pump to a foundation and use it all over your face for glowy skin. I've been really getting into my Strobe Liquid lately (I use to be an avid user of High Beam), but Strobe Liquid has proven to be a lot more versatile and wearable.

    @Kelly - I'm wearing MAC Naked Pigment on the lid and MAC Wedge e/s in the crease (for added depth and dimension)

  14. God you are so pretty!!!! Im way too scared ot try out contouring, but I may try it out but like relgiously loook at your pics to make sure Im doing the right thing!!!! Love your blog!!! Youre tutorials are fun :)

  15. gorgeous! ur explanations are clear and concise!

  16. Hey Hon!!

    I'm a new follower of yours and just wanted to say that this look is stunning. Like it so much that I'm gonna bookmark this blog to try it sometime.

    Just a quick question though. Is that blush brush the Mac 168? It kinda looks like it :-)

  17. @Geeky Mac Boy - I'm using a MAC 116 Blush Brush and a QUO angled contoured brush! :)

  18. LOL... oops. I overlooked the part where you said the brush was from QUO. Never heard of that brand before though, but it does look like the MAC 168 :-)

  19. Thanks for this tutorial! :) It's really helped. I'm thinking of buying MAC Harmony, its been quoted soo much as a HG blush for contouring; from NC15 onwards. I was thinking of getting this or Illamasqua 'disobey' blush or harmony, but I'm thinking of going for harmony.

    Thanks again! =)


  20. Hi, Great tutorial.
    Just wanted to ask, what lipstick/lipgloss are you wearing? as it looks lovely!
    Hope to hear back from you, Many Thanks


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