1. Prep Your Skin
The first step is to prep your skin and apply a light foundation for your base.
Using a cream highlighter, start by highlighting the jaw, the bridge of the nose, the undereye area, the top of the cheeks, the corners of the mouth, and the center of the forehead.
Now that you’ve mapped out your highlighting, the next step is to move on to contouring. Make sure the color you use is appropriate for a shadow and not one that’s too warm or orangey. Use a brush and do your contour down the hairline, coming into the temple slightly to narrow down the forehead. For your cheek contouring, follow your natural bone structure and contour from the top of the ear toward the corner of the mouth. Apply a little bit on the sides of the nose for a more chiseled look.
Once everything is mapped out, it’s time to blend it out, and this is where it can get tricky. Use a small, fluffy contouring brush. Start with small little strokes on your forehead to blend out the highlighter and repeat this step on other areas as well. Use a big contouring brush for the contoured areas – start with your forehead and slightly push down the product, while blending it in properly. When you’re blending through your cheeks, use an upward movement for a softer look. The idea is for it to look really soft and smooth so make sure you blend everything out extremely well.
5. Set It
Using a translucent powder and a brush, gently press and roll the brush on your skin. This will make your product last longer. You can go in with some blush or bronzer to add a little bit of warmth to your look.