Contouring and Highlighting

Contouring and highlighting has become a popular technique thanks to celebrities such as the Kardashians. Its’ purpose is to help sculpt and define and your facial features, whilst maintaining a natural look.

photo 1 Boots No7 Skin Illuminator

I’ve tried 4 different products all picture above.

1. Sleek Face Form – This is a powder contouring and highlighting kit which comes with either a blusher or a bronzer and comes in fair, medium or dark.  I must admit for £6 this was pretty impressive, the powders were a lot more pigmented than I expected. However, it is sometimes hard not to make a mess due to the powder being loose so I think I prefer using the stick.

2. Artist of Make up Zukreat Cosmetics Contour Stick – This is a creamy stick which again comes in 3 shades. I really like using this because it is easier to build up and blend in comparison to using a powder. I paid £20 for this and it was worth it, however, there are cheaper alternatives which do the same trick. For example using a foundation (liquid or a stick) in a darker shade will have the same effect.

3. Maybelline Dream Lumi Concealer (£6.99) – This is the best concealer/highlighter I’ve used. The product itself is so easy to use and it doesn’t leave you look too shiny.

4. No7 Skin Illuminator (£11) – This comes in pink (for fair skin) or peach (for darker skin). I had read reviews on this and I have to say I wasn’t that impressed by this. For starters, the brush was so difficult to use and you get a lot of wastage from it, although it is easy to yank out. It looks better underneath the foundation which is difficult because I usually like to do my contouring and highlighting over my foundation. It isn’t that bendable and leaves a glittery as opposed to a radiant finish.



  • BLEND BLEND BLEND. With anything you use, make sure you blend it completely into your skin. The idea is to have a natural finish and for it not to look streaky.
  • Use a matte powder to set the contour and highlighter for a nice overall finish.
  • This chart created by GiveGoodFace shows exactly where you should contour and highlight. 


What products do you use to contour and highlight?



  1. The Broke Black Chick
    June 1, 2014 / 7:59 pm

    Great post! I’ve been wanting to try the sleek contour powder for ages and im not sure what’s stopping me, other than the shipping taking forever. For a highlight I use Revlon face illuminator which is fantastic! and the Black radiance pressed powder in rich mahogany for my contour those 2 together have my face looking amazing

  2. June 2, 2014 / 9:34 am

    lovely post 🙂 can’t beat a good contour/highlight 🙂 For contour I use Benefit Hoola & for highlight I use either the mememe beat the blues liquid highlight or Two Faced’s Candlight highlighter! 😀 xo

    • sl
      June 6, 2014 / 11:20 am

      thank you! I’ve heard so many things about benefit hoola! x

      • June 6, 2014 / 2:43 pm

        your welcome 🙂 yes it is fab, especially for pale-y’s like me xo

  3. sl
    June 5, 2014 / 12:11 am

    thank you! i’ve heard lots of good things about the revlon illuminator, i’m definitely going to give it a try!

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