I am sure most of you have heard of the concept of contouring and highlighting. Sure it may sound simple but when it comes down to actually doing it, it takes a lot more than just practice, which is why I attended my first MAC Pro Master Class, Sculpting The Face, by MAC senior makeup artist Victor Cembellin, to freshen up my skills and to pick up new tips.

Victor defines contouring as “using the principles of light and dark to create/enhance dimension”. Light colors will highlight features, make larger, emphasize and make more prominent, whereas dark colors will shade, create shadow, minimize, reduce/recede features and create the illusion of depth.

Areas To Contour:
* Under the cheekbones
* Jaw line
* Sides of the nose
* Socket of the eye/crease
* Temples
* Lips
* Sides of the forehead
* Contours of the body

Areas To Highlight
* Bridge of nose
* Center of the forehead
* High cheekbones
* Under the eyes
* Eyelid/ Brow bone
* Chin
* Lips
* Back of the jaw
* Highlights on the body

Below are some of the key tips from Victor:

A lot of you have been asking me about highlighting, so what exactly is the deal? Basically, when you highlight a feature, you try to make it more prominent.

How To Do It
Highlighting different areas give different effects. For instance, highlighting the bridge of your nose will make it look taller while dabbing a shimmery gloss in the center of your lips will create an illusion of thicker lips. Other areas you can highlight are:

* Brow bone
* Inner corner of the eye
* Under the eyes
* Cheekbones
* T-zone (skip this if you have oily skin)