A Quick & Subtle Highlight & Contour Tutorial

by mehak on April 10, 2014

in Highlighters, Makeup Tutorials

Even though Im a beauty blogger, I probably own a grand total of 8 eyeshadows in my stash. I am really not an eye makeup person (I have hooded lids so nothing except smokey eyes or like a nice wash of monotone color shows up anyway) , and to me I much rather focus on products that make my skin look good . It used to happen on its own a few years back- my skin looking fab, but of late there is definitely more effort I need to put into it.

This is a quick , rough and ready dummies guide to highlight and contour. I know this is not comprehensive, but well this is how I do it and frankly I don’t have the time to go out and buy a gazillion products nor sit and apply them for an hour infront of the mirror.

Things you need:

  • Foundation: Mac face and body foundation
  • Highlighter : using Light and Skin Sheer highlighter
  • Big fluffy brush : Im using my blush brush from Vega professional
  • Bronzer/ Matte brown shadow : Im using Mac Folie eyeshadow as a bronzer


So this is me with foundation. Im wearing Mac Face and Body – one sheer layer, and the Bobbi Brown tinted eye brightener. The eye brightener as you can see doesn’t do heavy duty concealing, but does a very natural sort of job of masking your dark circles (I was looking like a panda trust me!)


Im using the Chambor light and sheer skin highlighter. Some people mix it with foundation, I prefer to not to do that- I shall do an indepth review of this in a little bit.

Types of Highlighters available:

  • Liquid highlighters can be spread across your face or mixed in with your foundation
  • Powder highlighter are used basically on top of blushes to give a sheen
  • I dont personally prefer one over the other, but I find liquid ones easier to use.

Peaches & Blush107

Ta-da and Im a clown!. So basically, this is a rough guide as to where i put highlighter.  Ideally, your cheek highlight should be higher than where I put it, however I have eyes that are a bit sunken in , and I dont like touching that area too much.

Easiest way to know where to put highlighter:

  • Stand infront of a mirror with some sort of tube light or light source around.
  • Move your face around to understand where the light hits your face naturally (This will usually be the highest points of your face) ..so for me, my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose and my chin is where the light hits it
  • I just did a dot-dot thing tracing that



Now i start to spread the liquid in that same angle on my cheekbones. Its really easy- just think yr using cream blush but applying it to the highest point of your cheeks



See the difference- left is just with foundation, right is highlighted.

Okay, lets do a quick contour now. So the deal is, I dont own a bronzer because I barely use them, what I do use is matte brown eyeshadow (Mac sable) and use that as a bronzer.

DSC06227-001That is approximately wear you put your bronzer. Basically smile, and just below the pop of your cheek. I just put an imaginary line from the edge of my lips to the middle of my ear. Blend this line downwards.


Notice the difference? Immediately my cheek looks more sculpted. Or atleast I think they do.

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{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

Aditi @ The Happy Purse April 10, 2014 at 1:08 pm

this was SO helpful!! as soon as i saw the pic with the highlighter dotted on your face i was like ‘finally! now i get it!’ hahaha! thanks a ton, loved this :D


mily April 10, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Haha..they do they do…I am not so good with bronzers but in love with hgihlighters….they immediately make you look like you are having a “fab skin” day!


Shreya April 10, 2014 at 1:25 pm

wow loved this quick tutorial ! I love liquid highlighters too … which one you recommend dear ?


Anamika April 10, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Very well explained. Difference is clearly visible


Lisha@HeartBowsMakeup April 10, 2014 at 1:33 pm

oh my! The end result is so natural yet the glow makes such a difference! great pictorial!


Gowthami April 10, 2014 at 1:41 pm

The finish quite natural :) I’ll try the tute today xo


Harine April 10, 2014 at 2:15 pm

well explained tutorial Mehak.. The highlighter really adds a good glow to the skin..


xuvious April 10, 2014 at 2:16 pm

I don’t really contour but highlighting makes such a difference! Plus you get to use all gorgeous shimmery stuff! :p
Nice tutorial! ^_^


S April 10, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Wow ur skin is glowing! Now I know the right way to use a highlighter! :)


LensKart April 10, 2014 at 2:40 pm

I do not think that I have seen any other well explained blog from some time now and it is really helpful. Thanks for getting time for sharing this.


Rashi April 10, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Nicely explained Mehak, and I particularly liked the combo of your lipstick with that mint top! :-) Could you please share which lipstick is that?


Priyanka Jain April 10, 2014 at 2:56 pm
Meghana April 10, 2014 at 4:11 pm

awesome. I am not into foundations yet. so highlighting and contour is still far away for me.
but you did show us the difference. They define so much.
lot of work involved in this post. Thanks.


Miss A April 10, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Its really amazing to see that how contouring convert ur face from flat to something model like (:-))
me too dont like eyework unless done by a professional…


Supria April 10, 2014 at 4:36 pm

You have captured the effect so well in the pictures Mehak. More than the contour it is the highlight that shows up so well.
My fav highlighter and the only one I own is MAC CCB in Hush. My search for a good highlighter stopped at that :)
Btw what are you wearing on your lips?


mehak April 10, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Its remnants of the boourjois lip cream i wore in the morning (that thing stays for more than 24 hours !!!)
Will review soon…

Hush..iv beeen DYING to get that


akhila April 10, 2014 at 5:31 pm

Super awesome …. Thank you Mehak :)


laks April 10, 2014 at 6:08 pm

LOL!! they do . I love highlighters . So easily done tut!


anonymous April 10, 2014 at 6:12 pm

Hi mehak !
U hav access to many great makeup artists 4m all over the country.
I whole heartedly request you to find out some useful tips for girls with hooded eyes.
My eyes appear so small than they actually are because of the hood. People call me chinese :”( plz help mehaaak ! Looking forward for ur help in making hooded eye look larger.
Pleaaaase consider my request !


mehak April 10, 2014 at 6:38 pm

thanks anon !!! will do!!


Kayennat April 10, 2014 at 11:25 pm

Anon Chinese people don’t have hoods. they have monolids which is completely different to hooded eyes. Are you sure that’s what you have?


anonymous April 11, 2014 at 5:57 am

Yes kayenat ! M sure of having hooded eyes. Ppl at my place without hooded eyes dont kno wats a mono lid n wats a hood :/


kayennat April 11, 2014 at 6:36 pm

hahahaha bless you. I have hooded eyes eyes too but they are big. My mum has similar eyes to yours then. I’ think i’ll do a demonstration on her if that helps you?


Ritu TheIndianBeautyBlog April 10, 2014 at 6:43 pm

fab tute Mehak <3


Swati April 10, 2014 at 7:15 pm

I love using the Revlon Skinlights liquid (even though I have oily skin). It just gives such a nice dewy finish. Although I use it occasionally. I am on the lookout for a nice matte brown shadow that I can use to contour too. Any suggestions Mehak? Apart from MAC?


Anusha Yella April 10, 2014 at 7:16 pm

All through I was jus staring at ur ls, fab color n awesome tutorial.


Anusha Yella April 10, 2014 at 7:16 pm



Ramya April 10, 2014 at 7:58 pm

This is quite useful,for me as,a beginner.thanks mehak,for this tute


Heena April 10, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Honestly, I Just Kept Staring At Your Lip Shade Throughout The Tutorial! The Finish n Shade is Gorgeous!
What Is It? o_o

And, The Highlighter Looks Gorgeous!


Mayuri April 10, 2014 at 11:08 pm

awesome tutorial!! loved it <3 i can see the transformation :)


Clothes and Creativity April 10, 2014 at 11:21 pm

Helpful tutorial! And I quite like the pop of colour on your lip! :)


Kayennat April 10, 2014 at 11:26 pm

I love contouring :) a quick way to define your face.


Nia April 11, 2014 at 3:56 am

So great to see one of India’s most popular beauty blogger to not take 2 hours to apply base makeup and not use 12 products just for the face!

I Never get the time to do elaborate makeup and really wonder how do so many people get so much time…lol

Btw your skin looks really flawless, and btw are your have pink undertones?


Nia April 11, 2014 at 3:57 am

* do you have I mean


Soujanya April 11, 2014 at 9:08 am

You have explained it so well. Kudos for the great photos also. I so want to try this now….I will play makeup makeup tonight :P Thanks a lot :)


D's Mom April 11, 2014 at 9:16 am

Really helpful post Mehak. Now I understand how this stuff works and the difference it makes to the overall look.
You made it seem so simple :)
And yes your cheeks do look sculpted :)


Manasi April 11, 2014 at 10:55 am

Nice tutorial dear!!


Aayushi April 11, 2014 at 11:17 am

The highlighter and contouring looks awesome the way you have done….. The steps broken down makes it simpler to understand….. Nice tutorial.. :)


Vini April 11, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Fab tutorial! They do look super sculpted!!


Shailja@BeABrideEveryday April 11, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Mehak..you have given a thorough tut on highlighting. I prefer using pressed creamy highlighters.. as they don’t break my skin out:)


Richa.doshi April 11, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Nice tutorial…..
It looks really great…


pari April 12, 2014 at 10:02 am

you look great..and nice tutorial..


Tashu April 12, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Wow!!! i was waiting for such a tutorial… though i follow various youtube makeup gurus, but its only NOW that i will actually do highlightng and contouring… Thnx Mehak


Jyoti April 14, 2014 at 12:03 pm

I loved how nice the highlighter looks. Have to try this chambor light and sheer highlighter. And that’s precisely what I do for contouring. :P Use one of my clinique eye shadow most of the time.


Sonia April 16, 2014 at 12:31 pm

great tutorial


E May 7, 2014 at 5:56 am


I’ve always, always been so confused with youtube videos. YOU SHOW IT PERFECTLY! Such good explanations! Now all I need to do is get a highlighter! Thank you! Need to check out more of your beauty posts because honestly, not many good Indian beauty bloggers out there. If you started a YouTube channel, you’d be so damn popular too!


A Golden Tulip July 8, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Wow, that contouring is perfect.. i see a huge difference, and ur cheek def looks more sculpted, Mehak! Very helpful post!



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