A beginner’s guide to understanding how to trace and highlight correctly



  • Highlighting and contouring are very important steps in makeup
  • They give your face a sculpted and clean look
  • Know how to succeed step by step

We all love reconcile; it adds confidence to our look and makes us feel bolder and happier. There are hundreds of different ways to create makeup, from rosy summer makeup to matte makeup. But among all the tips and tricks to look stunning, many often make the mistake of ignoring very basic and essential steps to highlight and contour.

Yes, during makeup, especially for beginners highlighting and contours often take a back seat. Well, these two-steps can “do” your look if done right. It may seem scary at first; but when done right, your face will look sculpted and clean.

Highlighting and contouring
Highlighting and contouring

Here’s a step-by-step guide to nailing highlighting and contouring for beginners.

follow the lines

Contouring and highlighting products don’t have to go all over your face, they should only stay in specific areas. So be sure not to overuse the products, because after smudging, they can spread everywhere. Therefore, draw thin lines to stay inside the face.

Make clean lines

Use a sturdy angled brush to apply your outline properly. For highlighting, use a rather soft, rounder brush. Make sharp lines on the parts of the face you want to contour and use the brushes to make it seamless.

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How to do


Use a cream, a powder or a contouring stick according to your desires. Make sharp lines on the jawline, under the cheekbone and on the forehead if you want to give the illusion of a smaller area.

You can also apply the contour product to the nose to give it a clean look. Use a thin contouring brush and work the product onto the edge of your nose, making clean lines.

Highlighting and contouring
Highlighting and contouring


Highlighters come in powder, liquid, and stick form. Just apply it to the highest part of the face to add that brightening effect. Apply the product to the cheekbones, Cupid’s bow, the brow bone, the tip of the nose and a little on the chin.

The mix is ​​the key

After applying the products as mentioned above respectively, the next crucial step is to mix them. Use a good beauty blender or blending brush to blend the product into your base makeup. To avoid any mistakes, use very little product if you are a beginner.

Highlight and outline
Highlight and outline

Highlight under the eyes

Use a lighter shade of concealer to brighten and brighten the highest part of your face. Use it under the eyes, on the bridge of the nose, cheekbones and chin.

The combination

The right combination of highlighted and contoured face makeup will have you looking airbrushed and flawless.

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