Contouring Tutorial & Tips for Ideal Holiday Photos -

The holiday season is here which means all sorts of festive parties! Pictures are often taken, so we’re sharing our best contouring tips so you’ll look flawless in all of your holiday photos!


Flash photography totally changes the way your makeup looks, which is why we’re sharing these tips. Light from the flash bounces off your face which can wash out your features. Contouring is hot right now and is a great way to add definition to your face. So, whether you’re using flash photography or not, you’re going to look amazing with these tips!


Step One: Map Out Your Face


It’s important to know where to place product for optimal results. You want to place bronzer on your temples, the sides of your nose, just under your cheekbones, and over your jawline. This will give you a more sculpted look in just a couple minutes!


Depending on your preference you can use a cream or powder contour shade. If you’re new to contouring or have oily skin, choose a contour powder as it is more forgiving and will give you a matte finish. The NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette has everything you need to add definition to your complexion!

contour palette 

If you’re more of a contouring pro or have dry skin, you may prefer a cream contour since it offers more coverage and will give more of a dewy finish. The NYX Bright Idea Illuminating Stick comes in 4 bronzer shades that are super easy to apply!

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Step Two: Blend it Out


Blend out the bronzer so it looks natural. You want to make sure there are no harsh lines. If you’re using powder, a contour brush like the NYX Flat Contour Brush will give you a flawless finish;


whereas if you’re opting for a cream contour, try the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Contour Blender. This sponge will help you blend out your contour like a pro!


Step Three: Add a bit of Blush


Sweep a natural-looking blush to the apples of your cheeks. Make sure to also sweep the blush up into your hairline as well so that it seamlessly blends with your contour for a more natural finish. This will give your face even more dimension and add a healthy glow to your skin. Try the NYX High Definition Blush. It comes in a ton of different shades so you can easily find a suitable match. The formula offers a beautiful flush of colour that blends evenly with ease!

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Step Four: Don’t Forget to Highlight!


Highlighter is essentially a real life filter, so when it comes to photos you definitely don’t want to forget it! Apply your highlighter to the tops of your cheeks, the center of your nose, and to the inner corner of your eyelids.


If you’re looking for a powder highlighter we recommend the Maybelline Facestudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter.

master chrome 


The gold shade is perfectly festive and features reflective pigments for an eye-catching look! If you prefer a cream, the Maybelline Facestudio Master Strobing Stick is the way to go. It makes it easy to achieve a precise application and offers a lit from within finish to your skin!

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Step Five: Smile!


These tips will have you looking incredible so make sure to flash the camera your best smile!


What are some of your contouring tips?

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