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).  Continue reading

Review: Maybelline V-Face Contour by Face Studio (Giveaway Inside!)

Do you remember this feature from Preview magazine? I was asked to talk about my favorite makeup move—strobing! But after interviewing Camie about why she loves to contour, I’ve been experimenting with it a bit more. And besides, these new products have been making it super easy for me.

But how could I resist these? Contouring looks so easy with the new Maybelline V-Face Contour line by Face Studio.

How could I resist these babies? Say hi to the new Maybelline V-Face Contour line by Face Studio! P.S. Make sure you read this post until the end for the giveaway!

Can you guess what they’re trying to get you to achieve with this? It’s the enviable (and trending) “V” shape for the face! You can totally sculpt a thinner nose and face with this if you want to, so I thought I’d give it a try!

Whenever I try new looks, I love looking for celeb pegs! This time around, I went with Angelina Jolie.

Whenever I try new looks, I love looking for celeb pegs. This time around, I took my inspo from Angelina Jolie.

When I was researching, I was surprised to see that she actually liked using pretty pops of pink on her cheeks during red carpet events. There’s always a little sculpting underneath to emphasize her gorgeous cheekbones, but it’s very minimal. Based on the photos I saw on IG, I also noticed that she only darkens the contour shadows during photoshoots + movie promos.

After putting my liquid foundation, I used the MaybellineV-Face Duo Stick, P499.

So now that I have my peg, I can start contouring! I applied my liquid foundation first and then I used the MaybellineV-Face Duo Stick, P499.

I placed tiny swipes over the hollows of my cheeks, along my temple, jawline, and the sides of my nose. For the highlighter, I placed it over the highest points on my cheeks and my nose bridge. My first impression? Loved the highlighter, was iffy about the color of the contour cream (keep reading—swatches later!). But surprisingly, when I applied the contour on top of my skin, it was the perfect shade for Pinays! Super subtle!

Clickity-click to read my review of the other products, see swatches + what it looks like on me, and to find out more about the giveaway! One lucky reader will get to take all these home!! Continue reading

Work Life: Contouring 101

Remember when I posted this on Instagram?

It's always fun shooting with the Cosmo.ph team! We were laughing so much during this shoot. Love working with awesome, good-vibes peeps!

It’s always fun shooting with the Cosmo.ph team! We were laughing so much during this shoot. Follow me for more behind-the-scenes updates via @beautyandsparkle.

Now I can reveal one of the beauty stories we were working on! It was about how to contour your way to a slimmer face. According to Maybelline’s chief makeup artist, Archie Tolentino, oval is the ideal face shape. Through contouring, you basically create shadows and highlights to create this illusion on your face. Check out this guide:

The dark areas are where you shade and the light areas are where you highlight.

The dark areas are where you shade and the light areas are where you highlight. Click here for the detailed how-to I wrote on Cosmo.ph. Isn’t our model, Kylie, super pretty? She looks cute even with all these lines on her face!

The top three things I learned from this story:
1. Highlighting is just as important as shading. You need to bring your features forward or it’ll look unnatural.
2. Blend, blend, blend! Use circular motions to get rid of any harsh lines, so it isn’t obvious you’re using this makeup trick.
3. Use the right products. Powder formulas are better for newbies and easier to use. Once you’re used to it, upgrade to cream sticks for a longer-lasting, more natural-looking effect.

Here are the products I recommended:

Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit, P2,400. I think this is the best powder set when it comes to contouring! Invest in it if you plan on making this makeup step a part of your daily routine. It's a lot smaller than the original version, so it's easier to tote!

Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit, P2,400. I think this is the best powder set when it comes to contouring! Invest in it if you plan on making this makeup step a part of your daily routine. It’s a lot smaller than the original version, so it’s easier to tote!

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick, P2,350. If you blend well, the creamy formulas will give you a flawless finish. I like that the coverage is buildable, too. I prefer to highlight with creams, so I suggest you try the shade Sand.

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick, P2,350. If you blend well, the creamy formulas will give you a flawless finish. I like that the coverage is buildable, too.

I don’t really contour much (just along the hollows of my cheeks sometimes), but I do make an effort to highlight when I’m having a fancy night out. I prefer to use creams when I do so it lasts longer (try the shade Bobbi Foundation Stick in Sand for this). It makes a subtle difference in photos and adds a three-dimensional effect.

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

Beauty Directory:
Bobbi Brown Available at Rustan’s Department Store.
Make Up For Ever Available at SM Mega Fashion Hall.

Photo of Kylie Verzosa by Jico Joson/cosmo.ph.