Adventures in Highlight and Contouring
I’m sure many of you have seen the wondrous trend of Highlight and Contouring (HAC) on Pinterest, and probably want to see if it’s all it’s cracked up to be. I know I did! I really wanted to see if it worked because I don’t feel like my bone structure stands out on film that well. If successful, perhaps this could be a camera friendly trick to land more roles!
As I’ve mentioned before, Maskcara is my go to blog for beauty videos, and was one of my first introductions to HAC. So I’ve only followed her tips on how to Highlight and Contour thus far. She basically does it in every makeup tutorial, each time a little differently and with different products. The two products I bought upon her recommendation was the L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation Powder in Deep Cool for Contouring, and Maybelline New York Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Nude for Highlighting. Being a beginner, I’m not sure if these colors are working for me, since I don’t notice much of a difference in my before and after shots. Take a look!
This is the first time I tried HAC out. Not really noticing much of a difference here, maybe a little more definition on my cheekbones. Because I’m new to this, I think I’m a little worried about going too heavy, as I don’t want it to be obvious in person. This could be why there isn’t much of a contrast between the two photos. I also think my Highlighter could be one shade lighter.
This is my second attempt. I think I got a little better, or am I just imagining it? I think I’m seeing more definition on my cheeks, a sharper jaw line, and a thinner nose. I find it so hard to tell though! Is it the makeup or the angle of my face?!
Third time’s a charm, right? I think so? I definitely notice more of a difference between the before and after shot. Overall it looks like my bone structure is more defined and my face is a little thinner. I also have a bump on my nose (thanks to the Austrian side of my family), which looks less noticeable after HAC.
All in all, I was expecting more of a drastic difference after seeing all those side-by-side comparisons on Pinterest. Beauty blogs make it look so easy! Either my bone structure is already more defined than I think it is, or I’m just doing it wrong (most likely the latter)!
If anyone has any tips or tricks, or know what I’m doing wrong, please share in the comments section. I’d love to hear from you!
I plan on coming back to this topic again in the future with another HAC series, to see if I’ve improved at all (and if I can take better photographs of makeup). Stay tuned!