Makeup Pictorial How To: Contour & Highlight


Ever wondered how I contour and highlight? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here, I will share with you step-by-step or picture-by-picture how I apply makeup, contour, and highlight.



So, of course, to prep, I wash my face and make sure it is completely dry before starting. Usually I start off with an SPF moisturizer.



Next, using IT Cosmetics Waterproof Bye Bye Under Eye® Anti-Aging Concealer, I warm it up on the back up my hand and pat it on under my eyes.



Then, I blend it in.



Next, I dab on IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream.



Then, blend it in. Add more as needed.



Now, to contour, I do my infamous fish face.



With a contour brush, I used Milani Matte Baked Bronzer in Sienna and filled in the hollows of my cheeks.



And, then traced a 3 with the bronzer/contour brush.











And, the contour is complete, like so:



Then, to blush, I use my blush brush and added Too Faced Sweethearts Flush Blush in Something About Berry to the apple of my cheek bones.





And, the finished blush look:



Then, to highlight, I used NYX Gleam. I add it on all the high points of my face, as shown:



And, then blend.



Then, I applied lipstick in MAC Thrills.



Then, added L’Oreal Silkissime Eyeliner and Benefit They’re Real Mascara. And, brows were done using IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation®, Brow Power® Universal Brow Pencil.



And, ta-da! You have concealed, contoured and highlighted!

Does this help? Do you follow this same method to apply makeup?

Purchased by me. Press sample. All opinions are honest and my own.


  1. This is so useful I am just trying to get my teeth into this x

  2. Thanks for the how to. Love the look!

  3. Easy to follow tutorial for a glam, but not over-the-top look!

  4. So going to try this!!!

  5. I love that you’re always sharing about makeup!

  6. Great tutorial! Thank you!

  7. Great tutorial! I love that lip shade!

  8. That lipstick is lovely! Thanks for sharing an easy to follow contouring tutorial!

  9. Great tutorial, I’ve been just learning how to contour myself! Plus, that lipstick shade is gorgeous!

  10. Awesome tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Contouring can make such a difference – I usually take it even more extreme than you did here!

  12. Great tutorial! I have been looking at the Benefit mascara…I love trying out new ones!

  13. Great review! I use It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye too. If you’re looking for the perfect highlighter though please read my post on Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder. Awesome stuff and great for highlighting.

  14. Love the look! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    xo caro, the caro diaries

  15. That mascara looks SO good! I’ve been wanting to try it but I’m afraid I’ll fall in love it and have to give up my trust $6 Maybelline.

    xo Marina
    Earth to Marina

  16. That’s awesome, thank you for sharing! Love the fish face, too 🙂

  17. I’ve yet to try highlighting and contouring! So intimidated! Thanks for the help!

  18. How do you like the IT cosmetics products? I haven’t tried anything from the line yet but I’m definitely eyeing that concealer…it looks like it blended out super creamy on the skin. You look stunning miss.

    • I absolutely adore them and incorporate at least 1 item in every makeup look I do! I really adore their CC+ Cream – as you can see – it totally covers and conceals my uneven skintone. 🙂 And, thank you, doll! <3

    • Also, the secret to applying this sticky concealer is to put a dot on the back of your hand. Rub it into the back of your hand and “warm it up” so to speak and then pat it on softly onto your undereyes and then blend. It works like a charm! <3

  19. Beautiful! I’ve been wanting to do more with my make-up and now this is definitely something I’m going to try!

  20. I’ve just started learning how to H+C and I love how it looks!

  21. Gorgeous! Your eyes are stunning!

    Diary of a Debutante

  22. the fish face was the part that i’ve been lacking in figuring this out. seriously. great idea to find that spot to contour . thanks!

  23. Perfect. Perfect. Perfect. Love this. I am totally going to use these techniques. I love that it looks natural too. Beautiful girl!!!

  24. beautiful makeup, that lip color is amazing!

  25. I contour in the same spots! I love hearing what products you used!

  26. Loved the step by step! Looks great!

  27. Wait this is so easy! I’ve always seen contouring as something far too complicated, but I might try this!

    xo, Hima
    Hima Hearts

  28. I usually contour slightly higher to lift my face up

  29. I keep hearing about that mascara and after seeing it on you, I really want to buy it now!!

  30. Your lashes are enviably long! Great tips!

  31. I’ve always been curious!! Thanks for the tutorial!! You should smile!

  32. Very useful post! You look gorgeous!

  33. I need to be better about contouring! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  34. such a gorgeous look, I totally love it!

  35. I really need to try this tutorial out! I think its just really intimidating at first 🙂

  36. I’m loving that lipstick, it’s gorgeous! The highlighter you used looks really good on your 🙂

  37. I love HAC! I have been using MaskCara HAC pack!

  38. Beautiful! thanks for making it so easy!

  39. Wish I had the patience to do this in the mornings!

  40. Great tutorial! Shading and highlighting can be very confusing.

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