Contouring and highlighting tricks have been used by makeup artists for years, however the contouring trend really took off in 2014/15.

 if you sometimes sturggle on contouring and highlighting , we will show you a technique that makeup artists have been doing for years, however they are not 

If you sometimes struggle to emulate the signature Kardashian contouring, don’t panic as Gordons Chemists have developed an easy guide using affordable Rimmel London products. Bonus! No need to rush out and purchase an expensive contouring palette worth a fortune, but provides the same results (if used correctly).


Contouring and highlighting is a great technique to define your facial features and achieve that chiselled and prominent makeup looks. 


Highlighting works well with this technique by lifting the areas of the face that naturally catch the light, therefore making your face look lifted and more youthful.   



Kim K





Depending on what your desired look is, powder contours can achieve a natural light finish or build to create a dramatic night look.  


Contouring is all about creating a shadow where the light would naturally shadow your face, using a darker shade than your skin or foundation.  It is important to choose a cool tone brown for contouring as this will create a shadow-like finish rather than a warm bronzed colour which can look dirty and wash you out.


 Give the illusion of a slimmer face, shorten or slim down your nose or create higher and more defined cheek bones.  You can completely change the shape of your face by contouring!  Essentially you are pushing these features back, making your cheek bones look more prominent.


As there are many face shapes and sizes it is very easy to play around with contouring to identify the correct way to contour for your face shape. 



Step number 1:


  • Start by sweeping your chosen contour colour under your cheekbones with a soft angled makeup brush (Ciara Daly Goddess collection brushes are perfect for sculpting and highlighting). 


  • Find the hallows of your cheeks by sucking your cheeks in, this is where you should apply the dark colour.


  • Blend the colour back towards the ears to ensure your contour doesn’t look dirty or patchy.


  • Next place the contour on the outer edges of your forehead and blend into your hairline to disguise a large forehead and create depth.


  • To make your nose look shorter place the contour colour on the tip of your nose, and on the curve between your nostrils.


  • To make your nose look slimmer place the colour down the sides and blend backwards, don’t blend towards the tip of the nose or it will look too slim.


  • Lastly to slim down and define your jawline sweep your contour along the jawline and blend towards the neck.



Top Tip - apply a light powder under the contouring under the cheekbone to create a straight line and sharpen your contour.



Step one





Highlighting is using a much lighter colour to emphasise where the light would naturally hit the face and bring those features forward.


The aim of highlighting is to enhance and attract the eye to your cheekbones, bridge of the nose, cupids bow and brow bone. 



Step number 2:


  • Highlighter reflects the light and makes features prominent, so apply it to areas you want to draw attentions to.


  • Sweep the highlighter along the highest point of your cheekbone, along the brow bone, cupids bow and down the centre of your nose.



Step two






Step number 3:


As an added bonus the Rimmel trio also includes a blusher, for added pop of colour to complete your look



Step Three



Final note:


If powder products do not work well with your skin type, then try a dark and light foundation and use the same technique.


Contour and highlight guide




Face chart