A friend of mine is a make-up artist and she had a lot to say about how important it is with contouring when it comes to building up a base before putting on the rest of the make up.
Shading and highlighting is about shadows and highlighting specific areas of the face. You can create the illusion that your face looks slimmer/wider, accentuate your cheekbones or make your nose look slimmer.
A highlighter (H) is a product that contains a lot of shimmer. Available both in cream form and in powder. Apply your highlighter on the face’s highest points.
If you H the center of the nose it’ll make it look slimmer. If you H under the eyebrows and in the inner corner of your eyes, it’ll make you look more alert.
If you apply H on cheekbones, they will “pop out”, and your cheekbones will be well defined.You can also add H at the top of your upper lip. It’ll make your lips look larger.
Shading (SH) is for making a shadow on parts in your face. It is easier to work with a SH in powder form. Use a light bronzer without glitter or a powder that is a few shades darker than your skin tone. It is very important that your bronzer does not contain glitter as your H has much shimmer in it. Also do not use too dark powder to your SH. You may look dirty!
If you add SH under your cheekbones, it will create the illusion that your cheekbones are more prominent.
If you have a high forehead, you can add some SH at the top of your forehead at the hairline to make it look smaller. Or the other way around, if you have a small forehead, put some H on the top, it will make it look bigger. Last important tip: Smudge with the brush. It’s the key to a perfect result.
Shading and contouring map for different face shapes.