5 Contouring & Highlighting Tips For The Makeup Newbie

Thanks to the Kardashians, contouring has become a huge trend in the makeup world. It always looks so simple and easy when you watch the Insta videos, but it another story when you have to start shading and strobing all by yourself.

Uh-oh.

LOL!

It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re first starting out, but don’t worry. With a little patience, practice and a loooot of blending, I promise that you’ll be able to do it like a pro soon enough. In the meantime, check out some of the highlighting & contouring tricks that I’ve learned along the way. These little tricks really made my makeup life a lot easier!

Tip #1: Cream Formulas Are Best For Contouring Newbies.
This is because they’re easy to blend and you can always use your sponge to erase any mistakes. When shopping, go for a color that’s one to two shades darker than your regular foundation. This will help the shadows look more natural and wearable if you’re at work or on a date.

Been using the Sleek Cream Contour Kit in Medium lately and I love how easy it is to blend!

Been using the Sleek MakeUP Cream Contour Kit in Medium lately and I love how easy it is to blend!

The different shades allowed me to play around with stronger contours for events. I was also able to use the lighter shades as a concealer—yay for multi-tasking products!

The different shades allowed me to play around with stronger contours for events. I was also able to use the lighter shades as a concealer—yay for multi-tasking products!

Tip #2: Have Oily Skin? Opt For Powder Formulas.
This is especially true when it comes to your highlighter since the goal is to look dewy—not greasy. Because powders can absorb excess oil, this formula will last longer on your skin and it can even help control excess shine. The only challenge? Powders are harder to blend, but you can make life easier for you by investing in the right brushes (I prefer an angled brush for contouring and a mini fan brush for highlighting). 

Sleek MakeUP Face Contour Kit is on sale at Sephora.Ph now for only P446! Click here to shop!

Sleek MakeUP Face Contour Kit is on sale at Sephora.Ph now for only P446! Click here to shop!

Swatched! Blending the contour powder was a challenge, but I adored the highlighting powder. It gave such a gorgeous sheen that's guaranteed to make your cheekbones pop!

Swatched! Blending the contour powder was a challenge, but I adored the highlighting powder. It gave such a gorgeous sheen that’s guaranteed to make your cheekbones pop!


Tip #3: Different Shades Can Give You A Different Glow.

Not all highlighters are created equal. I tend to gravitate towards pearl-colored highlighters simply because I like how lustrous it makes my skin look. For those who are a little more tan, I suggest you work with your skintone by going for something a little more gold. It’ll give you that soft, candlelit effect you’ve been yearning for!

The Sleek MakeUP Highlighting Palette in Precious Metals is definitely for those who take strobing seriously.

The Sleek MakeUP Highlighting Palette in Precious Metals is definitely for those who take strobing seriously.

Use the first shade for an incandescent glow, the gold shades in the middle for a sun-kissed effect, and the bronze powder to warm up your skin and look a little tan.

I used the first shade for an incandescent glow, the gold shades in the middle for a sun-kissed glaze, and the bronze powder to warm up your skin and look a little more tan.

Tip#4: A Drop Of Highlighter Can Save Your Life…Or At Least Make You Look Not Sick.
Dull complexion? Hungover? Tired? Battling the flu? Here’s the best makeup secret I can give you: Mix a tiny drop of liquid highlighter with your liquid foundation to look fresh and radiant. I always use this beauty trick whenever I feel blah and it lifts my mood almost immediately!

If I could only buy one product, it would be the one in the middle! It's the Sleek Barekissed Illuminator in Monaco, P795 at Zalora.

If I could only buy one product, it would be the one in the middle! It’s the Sleek Barekissed Illuminator in Monaco, P795 at Zalora.

I love the tiny, light-reflecting particles! It gives me the radiance I'm looking for without making me look like a glittering disco ball.

I love the tiny, light-reflecting particles! It gives me the radiance I’m looking for without making me look like a glittering disco ball.

Tip #5: You Don’t Need To Follow All The Contouring & Highlighting Steps.
I suggest that you study the spots on your face where the light and shadows naturally fall (or use the guides in the Sleek kits if you really can’t figure it out) and work on enhancing those areas until you find the best combo for your face shape and makeup style. Because my makeup style is more natural, I don’t follow all the steps and only contour when necessary (usually it’s the sides of my nose, the hollows of my cheeks, and along my jawline only). Otherwise, I keep it simple and just highlight my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose, and my cupid’s bow.

Beauty bonus points! So happy that the Sleek Cream Contour Kit came with a handy guide!

Beauty bonus points! So happy that the Sleek Cream Contour Kit came with a handy guide!

And that’s it for my highlighting and contouring tips for makeup newbies! I actually shared some of these tips over the weekend when I took over the IG stories of Sleek MakeUP Ph. So in case you want to see what the products look like on me (or want a more visual recap of what I discussed above), watch the video below!

Are you into contouring and highlighting? Leave a comment and let me know! ♥

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