Highlighting and contouring your face can make worlds of difference in your overall look. It adds dimension and emphasis in all the right places when done correctly. The first step is to find shades that complement your skin tone. You can go to Sephora and have someone give you a general idea of colors that work for you and you can purchase theirs or go somewhere cheaper with your new-found knowledge. To get the full effect, you want a highlighter, a (matte) bronzer and a blush. And if you’re lucky, they’ll come as a set (saves $$$!).
Contouring and highlighting doesn’t change much between different face shapes; they all use the same basic principles. The first rule of contouring is to not overdo it! It’s easier to build up the color in light layers than to remove a big blotch of bronzer (so always tap away the extra powder after getting it on your brush!). Now suck in your cheeks; feel where your face went hollow under the cheekbones? Brush the bronzer along the bone, just underneath, starting from your ear and bringing it out toward your chin (but not quite that far). You can also dust some along your hairline. That’s generally all you do. Some people put bronzer on either sides of their nose to give it more dimension, but that’s a personal choice. Personally I brush bronzer just under my jawbone since mine isn’t much defined.
Blush is easily. Smile big and brush the blush on the apples of your cheeks, bringing it back along your cheekbone as you go.
Since I have normal, non-shiny, non-greasy skin, I’m not sure if highlighter is something you want if you do have “shininess” issues (since you put it in those so-called problem areas). But anyway, if you want highlighter, first brush it down the middle of your forehead and down the length of your nose. A dab on the chin and also on your cupid’s bow to give you a fuller pout. Also add some under your eyes (where you’d put under-eye concealer) and downward toward your mouth.
And that’s really all there is to it! If this was hard to read, may I direct you to the tutorial video below: