How To Highlight And Contour: Using Powder Products


I don’t know how many queries I’ve received about this… These are literally theeeeeee buzz words in the makeup industry. Every beauty fanatic is raving about this – thanks Kim Kardashian!

So in this post I’ll show you how to do basic highlighting and contouring – but using powder products.
Normally you’d need a whole lot of concealers and creams, but this is for the basic, everyday look. Powder products will do just as well, and in some cases, work better than cream products depending on the look you’re going for.

I personally don’t do extreme highlighting and contouring everyday because I just feel like I’ll be wearing A LOT of makeup with all the different layers. And also, I don’t want to have a chiseled drag queen type of contour – I just want something that’s a bit more defining and really shows off my features.
I must say though I am obsesssssssssed with highlighting and use it almost everyday (but with powder).

Why I love contouring?

The beauty of contouring is that it can make a wide face appear narrower and cheekbones appear more prominent. It can also help to define the jawline and lift the eyes. And here you were, thinking of spending a fortune on that face lift? Mmm I see you 😉
All this can be done quite easily, using the right product and shade, especially for a daytime look. Once you have mastered the very basic techniques, you can build up your skills and really make the most of your bone structure and the shape of your face.

Your contour should be light, and look like it is just the light casting shadows on your skin in different ways. You want to come up with your own way of doing it as well, coz I mean, we all have different head shapes and sizes.



 What I use:

I use the LA Girl Glam Blush Collection – it’s got 4 gorgeous blush palettes (each collection pairs 2 blush shades with a coordinated bronzer and highlighter). I absolutely love how these colours blend beautifully with the rest of my makeup.

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1. Sweep your contour colour under your cheekbone using a soft, angled brush.
You can find your cheekbone easily using your fingers, or pouting… or pulling a duck face, like you always do in selfies 😉 – the colour should go in the hollow just beneath it.
At this point the colour will look quite strong, but don’t panic! This is where we blend: blend the line upwards. If you blend down, you will lose the height of your cheekbone and your face will just look muddy.

2. Blend the contour colour into the hairline. This will help give your skin a healthy glow and disguise a large or flat forehead.

3. To make your nose look straighter, use your fingers to rub a little contour powder along the sides of your nose. Blend well. Don’t go right to the tip of your nose or it will end up looking too thin.
If you want your nose to appear shorter, run a little contour along the nostrils.

4. If your chin is starting to droop a little, just sweep a touch of contour powder under the jaw line to instantly hide any saggy bits and look years younger.


1. Highlighter reflects the light well, so only apply it to the places you want to draw attention to.
Sweep it above the cheekbone, along the brow bone and down the centre of your nose to give the impression of a rounded surface.

2. As a finishing touch, dab a little bit of highlighter onto your cupid’s bow (the little dip in your upper lip).

I’ve done a quick tutorial on how I do my light powder contouring – Check it out here and let me know what you think

Xo – Pabi