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How to Contour and Highlight for Beginners

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Happy Weekend everyone. Sorry, I wanted to post yesterday but didn’t have it in me so I do apologize, this week’s beauty topic is on contouring and highlighting aimed especially for beginners. I filmed a video on How to Contour and Highlight so please check it out below and also don’t forget to subscribe to my channel HERE.


how to contour and highlight

The pallet from Kat Von D inspired me to film this tutorial and to write a post about contouring and highlighting. Even though it’s hard to get your hands on one in the UK, I purchased it in Sephora on my visit to Copenhagen its one of the best contouring kits that I ever used. If you do however come across the palette I highly recommend you get it as it’s absolutely amazing.
The product is a powder, however, it’s really fine that it applies almost like a cream and has a really long lasting power. The palette contains 3 highlight and 3 contour shades quite decently sized if I may add. Highlight shades are lucid which is a pale pinkish shade, lyrie a yellow shade, my favorite and levitation which is more of a peachy toned highlight powder. Regarding contour there is somber which is a dark toupee shade, shadowplay is what I use the most and is on an ash side and subconscious which is the darkest in the palette and I use it to exaggerate my check bones mostly when I want to go out.

If you guys are looking to purchase a contouring palette than I recommend that you make sure that there is a banana or a yellow powder as this is the best highlight shade that there is, It brightens and enlarges like nothing else.

I used a bunch of other products that you can check in the video and at the end of this post. How do you guys contour and highlight?



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    Konstantina Antoniadou
    February 7, 2016 at 10:50 am

    That was indeed very helpful. I am far from being a make up expert so I always need a few tips to get everything right!

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      the london thing
      February 7, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      thank you Konstantina 🙂 I’m always happy to help x

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    February 7, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Thank you for your tutorial, i’ve always been struggling with highlight part <3

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      the london thing
      February 7, 2016 at 8:51 pm

      I always get little carried away 🙂 I think highlight looks beautiful on everyone and i love how it helps to brighten dark circles x

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    Siffat Haider
    February 7, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    The final result is amazing! I love contouring and highlighting, but it’s usually too much effort for me, and I’m always afraid my face seems too caked. You did such a wonderful job though, that I may just have to give it another go!

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      the london thing
      February 7, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      Haha I know what you mean as I always tend to get little carried away. I think practice makes perfect and it only takes a few extra minuted to contour x

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    February 7, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    I’d love to try the palette, but it’s s expensive 🙁
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      the london thing
      February 7, 2016 at 8:56 pm

      I know this one is on the pricier side but each bronzer is quite big so you almost get 3 bronzer and 3 highlighters for the price of 2 standard bronzers. But you don’t need a palette to contour as you can always use a bronzer and get a powder in a lighter shade than your usual one to highlight x

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    Gil Zetbase
    February 7, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Amazing post!
    Have a nice Sunday!
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      the london thing
      February 7, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      Thanks Gil, same to you x

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    February 7, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Yes. I love Kat Von D products.

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    Uzo O
    February 8, 2016 at 1:21 am

    Great video , i’m still learning how to contour as well , i love the whole look , great transformation.

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    Filipa Jackson
    February 8, 2016 at 3:05 am

    So good… I love to contour. Loving your video too!

    Happy Sunday!

    Filipa xxx

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    February 8, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Tania, I loved this video and found it so helpful! I really want to try it all out now as I have never contoured or highlighted as I’ve never really been sure how to do it! Thanks! Gemma x

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    February 8, 2016 at 10:41 am

    This is very helpful especially for a person like me who doesn’t know how to contour.
    Thanks for sharing loves

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    February 8, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Thank you, so useful! <3


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    February 8, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    You did a wonderful job in the video, I am no pro at highlighting and contouring. I am learning it these days, your video was helpful. Have a good day!

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    February 8, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Such a helpful video I’m a beginner somuch appreciated 🙂 Thank you for sharing this with us darling. Visit me whenever you can. Kisses, Dominica S. xXx

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