Contouring and Highlighting Kit
Kits range from $10 - $30
What better way to get a bachelorette party started than to hand out goody bags with contouring and highlighting kits inside? Sure, the bride-to-be is supposed to be the one showered with gifts, but whoever said the guests can't be indulged too?
Goody bags will make everyone feel like they're the guest of honor at a party for royalty, and this gift idea is an awesome way of making everyone feel super included. All you have to do is surprise everyone with their goody bags and then give them a demonstration on how to contour and highlight properly.
Many of us girls know what contouring and highlighting is, but still aren't completely sure how to actually do it. The kit itself makes for an excellent gift, particularly for a bride-to-be who wants to look her absolute best on her wedding day. In order to help her achieve her dream of a fairytale wedding, showing the guests and bride-to-be at the bachelorette party how to use this makeup technique correctly will win you lots of brownie points. Here's a quick step-by-step guide on contouring and highlighting:
- Contouring is when you use a color that's darker than your natural skin tone. Your contour color should be matte, not shimmery. The highlighting is the part that's usually shimmery. Contouring adds shadow whilst highlighting adds reflection or light. Contouring hides, while highlighting accentuates. Thus, both work together to literally change the shape of your face in order to make it more symmetrical and beautiful.
- To do this effectively, you need to know your face shape. Different face shapes require different sections of shading in order to achieve the desired look. For example, if you have a round face shape, you should contour the sides of your forehead and along your temples as well as the area below your cheekbones. With regards to the area below the cheekbones, you should start from your ears and extend the contour line all the way down to the jawline in a slight curve. Highlighting a round face should occur in the middle of the forehead, on the center of the chin, and under your eyes in an upside down triangle shape.
- The contouring color should be just slightly darker than your natural skin tone, while the highlighting color should be slightly lighter. Both should blend in seamlessly and look like natural light or shadows, not drawn on lines!
These basic tips will help you and your friends delve into the brave world of professional makeup techniques, and when the drinks are flowing and you're all having lots of fun, you can even turn it into a game! Whoever has had too much wine might struggle to draw the lines where they should go, however, so make sure you don't mind temporarily looking like a clown!