Chiaroscuro: How to Contour and Highlight

Contour Highlight Blush Collage

All my artists out there, you know what’s up.

The fancy term is from my grade 9 art class. Chiaroscuro means creating strong contrast between light and dark.

In the makeup world, the way to do that is with contour and highlight. Contouring means creating dark areas that appear to recede, usually using a bronzer or contour product (in cream or powder form). Highlighting uses a light or shimmery product to make certain areas of your face ‘pop’.

The usual way to do this is by contouring your cheekbones, temples, and jawline. I then like to highlight my nose, cheeks, and Cupid’s bow.

Here’s a step-by-step of how I like to do it, complete with weird faces! Read more!

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My First Bronzer: CoverGirl Queen Collection Bronzer in 03 ‘Ebony’

CoverGirl Queen Collection Ebony Bronzer

Recently, my complexion’s been looking a little blah. It’s because winter is the worst and despite my MegaBright and Never A Dull Moment usage, I still can’t shake it.

In any case, I’ve been wanting a bronzer of some sort to warm it up. I needed a bronzer that’s darker than I am, which as it turns out, is not easy to find (even with my pale winter skin). I wasn’t 100% set on it being designated as a bronzer, either; I was willing to use a brown-toned blush, or even a face powder that’s a few shades darker than I am. But I couldn’t find any of those that were reasonably priced, either.

Then I remembered the CoverGirl Queen Collection.
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