Light & Shade: The Key To Highlighting Your Facial Features


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Even the most beautiful women struggle with their looks sometimes. And while nobody’s face is perfect we’re all trying to make the most of what we’ve got by using accessories or trying to highlight certain attributes. But also we could all just benefit from a decent guide on how to highlight what you consider to be the most desirable parts of your face. So here’s a quick cheat sheet to make your face look complete and make you feel better.

Emphasizing Your Eyes

Apart from going for a dramatic makeup look, there are a few simple ways to emphasize the windows to your soul without going overboard in terms of your makeup. One of the simple and effective ways is to tight line the upper lash line by using a black pencil or a gel liner into the water line part and between the eyelashes. This will create a lot of definition. In addition, put a small amount of eyeshadow or highlighter by the tear ducts in the corners of your eyes to make them look larger.

Your Cheekbones

Short of having plastic surgery there are a few other ways to give your cheekbones that defined look we are all after. The first thing to do is to use a matte contouring cream or powder and blend the color into your cheeks, you do this by sucking them in to see where the shadow should go. After that, use some powder blush above the shadow to blend in the color and then add some highlighter above the blush which will help to add some more dimension to your cheekbones.

Divert Attention From Your Nose

Usually, contouring techniques are the best approach to making your nose appear small in stature. To do this make sure you draw a straight line down the bridge of your nose with a highlighter or a concealer, and this highlighter has to be a bit lighter in tone than your skin and blend it well. In addition to this, you can also use a darker powder on the sides of your nose to add some shade, so it will disguise the shape.

Your Forehead

A lot of us struggle with a high forehead so if you want to draw attention away from it, your hair is the best approach. Contouring your hairline will be the best way to draw attention away, and by using a foundation that is darker than your usual foundation and go with the natural curve of your hair before blending it in, it will help a lot.

Showing Off Your Lips

We all want to have thicker and fuller lips, but the best way to do it is to add a shimmery highlighter to the miniscule V-shape in the middle of your top lip (also known as your cupid’s bow), and it will make them appear fuller without needing to add color.

As you can see, there are many simple and effective ways to highlight your attributes which doesn’t require excessive trips to the mirror to retouch your makeup. All you need to do is to understand a bit more about maximizing shade and minimizing light!

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