Inspired by Instagram! Must-Have Products To Achieve Highlighting & Contouring Technique

I love all things beauty but I’m not a self-proclaimed makeup artist so naturally I don’t like are applying makeup on others or having someone apply makeup on me, hence the reason I don’t go the YouTube tutorial route. However, I do love watching how-to videos and perusing Instagram photos of different makeup looks and then trying to replicate them on myself.

Inspired by @vivaglamtiffany on Instagram, I went on a mission to nail down the highlighting and contouring technique she (and Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist) does so well! She gave me some recommendations so I headed to the MAC store. When I walked in I saw that they were having a pro class the next day, I signed up. The class introduced three different celebrity looks coming off the red carpet at the Golden Globes – contouring was part of one of the looks. Below, I’ve summarized the class learnings to give you just the juicy tips!

#1 The Everyday Celebrity – Glowing skin and minimal makeup

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Tips on how and where to apply the glow:
– Use skin brightening serum under or mix with foundation
– Apply highlighter on areas light would naturally hit your face
– Use Vanilla pigment to add shimmer in the inner rims of the eyes for an instant bright-eyed look
– Contour with bronzer in the shape of an inverted C starting at the hollow of your cheekbone
– Use  a setting spray

#2 The Grammy Look – Gypsy-inspired color combinations that make your eyes pop!
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Tips on which colors to use according to your eye shade:
– Brown Eyes – Purple eyeshadow brings out the yellow/hazel in brown eyes
– Green Eyes – Smokey cranberry hues make green eyes pop
– Blue Eyes – Orange and rust hues in combination with browns bring out the blue

#3 The Academy Award – “Modern Day Marilyn” – modern, simple, red lips.

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This look was worn by Salma Hayek, Zooey Deschanel and Julianne Moore on the red carpet at the Golden Globes.

Tip on how to apply red lipstick which doesn’t bleed:

– Use lip primer and go outside of lip line, it helps against the feathering of red lipstick.

My look incorporates a bit of all three looks but mostly I learned which products could help me achieve the contoured look I’m currently obsessed with!

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Here are the MAC products I used to achieve the look above (as pictured).

  • To highlight under eyes, nose, chin – MAC Select Cover-Up (my shade: NC30) / MAC blending brush #224
  • To illuminate above cheekbone – MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle
  • To set the look – MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder

3 thoughts on “Inspired by Instagram! Must-Have Products To Achieve Highlighting & Contouring Technique

    • January 24, 2013 at 5:10 pm
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      Thanks so much 🙂 Have you tried highlighting/contouring? Any tips?

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      • January 28, 2013 at 1:58 pm
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        I don’t really contour!! It looks so great but for some reason I spend more time on eyes. >_<

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