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Beauty Diaries- Highlight and Contouring for Darker Skin Tones

highlight contour dark skin
It really grinds my gears when I try to ask people at a makeup counter or a makeup artist how to contour my face and they write me off with a one step solution, or dont really have a solution at all…like overloading on highlighter or not knowing what kinds of blush to use to create the most contrast for darker skin.
Well after a lot of experimentation  I have come up with a fool proof routine that I use when I want to highlight and contour my face. I normally like a lot on contrast and this method provides a great balance of light and dark.
(for my updated routine click here)
So here you go: a Highlight & Contour Tutorial for Darker Skin Tones
Heres what I used in this tutorial:
highlight contour dark skin
1. Blending Sponge
2. MAC Blush in Raizin
3. Sonia Kashuk Multi- Purpose Brush
4. Elf Angled Foundation Brush
5. Elf Blush Brush
6. Elf Concealer Brush
7. MAC Foundation Brush (190SE)
8. MAC Cream Color Base in Hush
9. Makeup Forever Camouflage Cream Palette- Number 4
10. Makeup Forever HD Liquid Foundation in N178
Step 1: Take the lightest color in the Makeup Forever Cream Palette and apply it as a highlighter from under your eye to your cheek bone.
highlight contour dark skin
Step 2: Apply your foundation on top to create a natural looking highlight.
highlight contour dark skin
Step 3: Take the darkest color from the Makeup Forever palette and apply with the angled foundation brush under your cheek bone, parallel to your jaw line and blend with blending sponge.
highlight contour dark skin
highlight contour dark skin
highlight contour dark skin
Step 4: Apply MAC Raizin Blush on top of your dark cream base to create an even greater contour. Blend as needed.
highlight contour dark skin
highlight contour dark skin
highlight contour dark skin
highlight contour dark skin
Step 5: Apply a thin line of light cream base from the makeup forever palette under your dark color
highlight contour dark skin
& blend.
highlight contour dark skin
highlight contour dark skin
highlight contour dark skin
For the very last step, use a multi purpose brush, or just your finger to lightly blend in the MAC Hush Cream Base on top of your highlight area for a slight sheen.
highlight contour dark skin
highlight contour dark skin
And voila! A nicely contoured face.
highlight contour dark skin
P.S. For a little extra contouring I apply a line of light colored Makeup Forever creme base in the middle of my nose and then use a darker color on the outsides and blend.
highlight contour dark skin
 Finished Look
highlight contour dark skin
highlight contour dark skin
highlight contour dark skin
What do you guys use to highlight & contour your face?
Hope this post could help you out or give you some tips and ideas! =]
XXXXXO Ofunne
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2 Comments

  • ann usman

    05.06.2013 at 07:15 Reply

    i love your blog so much……plus ur gorgeous….i’ve got the kind of your skin tone color and highlighting and contouring wasn’t just my thing,cos i didnt know how to do it on my type of skin……tnx for the tutorial :*
    im nigerian too : ) ..
    http://ann-u.blogspot.com

    • Ofunne O

      05.06.2013 at 09:20 Reply

      awww thanks! your comment just made my day =D

      And Hope the tutorial helps! I used to think highlighting and contouring wasn’t possible for my skin either but I finally came to a regular regimen through trial and error.

      Thanks for reading!! =] <3 ..and I will def check out your blog 😉

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