Contouring and highlighting has become an everyday makeup essential. While a great contour enhances your natural face shape, highlighting makes it more luminous and glowy, both a necessary step to making your makeup look more youthful and flawless.

For a more subtle contour I like to skip bronzer and use a taupe colored powder. For blush, I love using a rose o berry shade for a more natural looking flush. For this tutorial, I’ve already applied my foundation, concealer, powder, and eye makeup.

How to Soft Contour and Highlight Products Used:

How to Soft Contour and Highlight Instructions:
Step 1 / Using an angled brush, begin by applying the soft contour shade from this palette directly under the cheekbones, from the ear to about 2″ from the edges of the lips.

Step 2 / Next add the contour shade under the jawline, tracing downwards along the sides of the neck. I love to put the color here instead of along the jawline because this can easily transfer upwards creating a shadow on the chin.

Step 3 / Next trace the color on the temples, across the top of the forehead along the hairline, blending the color gently downwards. 

Step 4 / Using a blending brush, add the contour shade along the sides of the nose and under the tip. Be sure to keep the ridge of the nose clear of any of the contour color since keeping this area light is what helps slim the nose.

Step 5 / Next trace the color down underneath the bottom lip. I make sure to keep this very light but feel it’s a necessary step to keeping the color even throughout the face.

Step 6 / Use a powder brush to go back over the contour shade to blend it into the skin. It’s important not to skip this step so there aren’t any harsh lines and the color merely enhances the natural shadows of the face.

Step 7 / Once the contour shade is applied and blended, dust your favorite blush shade onto the cheeks using an angled blush brush. I am applying this blush in ‘natural beauty’ to the apples of the cheeks blending upwards, toward the tops of the ears.

Step 8 / Apply your favorite highlighter to the tops of the cheekbones, blending outwards towards the hairline. I am using this highlighter and brush and am also applying a tiny bit under my brows, on the tip of my nose, along the cupids bow, on my chin and the center of my forehead.

Step 9 / Lastly, apply your favorite lipstick, lip balm, or lip gloss to finish off the look. My favorites at the moment are this lip pencil in ‘Dervish’ and this lipstick in ‘Modesty.’

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Recently I updated my nighttime skincare and was sharing on snapchat (missysueblog) about how my skin had started flaring up around Thanksgiving and was desperate to find something that would get my skin back on track. I was suffering from cystic acne on my chin and blemishes around my cheekbones. I didn’t know what was going on! Embarrassingly enough though, I think it was dirty makeup brushes, gross!

Many of you asked for a review of the new products I’d started using so hopefully this is helpful to some of you. I have been doing this routine every night to make sure my skin is nice and clean before hitting the pillow. If you have any great products please share them in the comments below, let’s all help each other out!

First things first, I always start by washing my face. When I have an active blemish or can feel one under the skin I always wash my face with this soap bar. I am obsessed with the way it smells and use a wash cloth to gently massage the soap into my skin to remove any makeup.

After drying off my face, I use this makeup remover to remove any leftover eyeliner and mascara under my eyes. I really love this and have been using it for years!

On nights when I am super tired and don’t want to wash my face in the sink, I will reach for some makeup removing wipes. I try not to use them very often but I currently have these ones and usually always repurchase these ones. I always follow with this cleansing water and am literally obsessed with it. I need to purchase some more; sometimes I will use this in place of the toners below.

Once I’ve washed my face and removed any eye makeup then I like to go back over my skin with a toner. I really love this one for breakouts and received it as a free gift with other items I purchased. Otherwise I use this toner (for dry skin!) and have already gone through two other bottles.

This probably seems like an extra step but you’d be so surprised at how much extra makeup ends up on that little cotton round. I usually alway miss makeup around my hairline and near my ears.


These two little guys come in after all the washing and I purchased these in this little kit that is so convenient because it includes a few other products that I use in the morning too. I first apply the tabula rasa on any blemishes, wait a few seconds and then swipe on the blemish lotion.

Following the above treatments I love to first apply this repair cream and let it set for a few minutes before applying a moisturizer. I recently invested in this moisturizing cream and can’t tell you how much I love it. I was able to get it together with the eye cream and only wish I’d made the leap sooner.

Whenever I am traveling I love to take a travel size bottle of soap and use my Mia Fit to wash my face. This always gives me a nice scrub and saves on packing additional wash cloths and products since I use this soap for Cohen too.

 

Lastly, I love to use this face oil on my neck. I slather on three drops after applying my moisturizing cream. I have read so many skincare articles that say to never forget about the neck and decollete. I feel like this oil is both an added bit of moisture and hopefully makes up for all the years I neglected that area.

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