Contouring and Highlighting Naturally


While some of us are blessed with defined cheekbones that catch the light beautifully, the rest of us need a little help from makeup to accentuate our best features, naturally of course! Here are our top tips to creating model worthy features using some of our fave natural highlight and contour products.

Lily Lolo Sculpt & Glow Duo

Now we're not talking about the full-impact,  hour-long chiselling that makeup artist Scott Barnes gives Kim Kardashian. Celebs and models need dramatic contouring so their dimensions don't look flat on camera, but we only need a subtle take on this to make the most of our natural beauty – though of course we wouldn't say no to recreating a bone structure fit for the runway.

Contouring is all about adding light and dark to add dimension to the face, highlighting your best features with light, and cleverly concealing the not so great with shadow. All in all trying to give the illusion of an idyllic oval face shape.

Cream or Powder?

As a general rule, cream products are recommended for normal to dry skin types, and powder for oily to combination, but it is also a matter of preference; if you want a luminous, dewy finish, then opt for a cream finish, while if you prefer matt, powder is your beauty finish of choice.


The key is to use a cream or powder colour two to three shades darker than your foundation, we love using Lily Lolo's Pressed Bronzers for this, as well as W3ll People's Bio Bronzer (both matt shades). Remember to apply your base foundation before contouring and highlighting.


Apply the contour product below the cheekbone (below the apples of the cheeks), in a narrow stripe from the centre of the ear. Then blend, blend, blend using a Kabuki brush (if a powder) or your fingers (if a cream); always blend upwards to give your face a lift.


To make your nose look narrower, apply a thin layer of product to each side of your nose, use a foundation brush or your fingers to smudge and set the colour.


If you have a round face, also apply contour product to your temples, starting from the hairline in a narrow line then blending well. Remember less is more!


If you have a long face, add a little product to your hair line to narrow your face shape. Applying a bronzer here also gives the illusion of a healthy sun kissed glow!


To define your jaw or conceal excess skin, contour the jawline by adding bronzer below the chin.


Now for the fun part! Use a shimmery cream or powder product to add light to your best features: your cupids bow, brow bone, centre of your nose and apples of your cheeks. Also add to the centre of your lips, as you would a gloss, to create fuller, Angelina Jolie style lips. Apply with your fingers or a concealer brush.

We absolutely love the following highlighting products, for creating highlight and they also make a great eyeshadow and lip colour!

Lily Lolo Sculpt & Glow Contour Duo

This little beauty is what our model wears (above) and is the quickest, most portable way to sculpt and glow when on the go with the handy portable palette. It is a must have for very natural makeup pro.

View all our Highlight & Contour products.


The Beautiful Because Newsletter

Sign up to get exclusive offers, latest products & beauty advice.

Beautiful Because