Highlighting and Contouring for dark skin | Part 1

Highlighting and Contouring for dark skin | Part 1


The last few years no one has been able to talk about makeup application without talking about highlighting and contouring.

You have probably seen it go horribly wrong at least once in your lifetime! From hyper-beam highlighting to obvious unblended contouring!

I have learnt how to highlight and contour my face without people questioning my sanity and wondering if I looked in the mirror before I walked outside my house! I will be doing a 3 part series on what products to use and how to highlight and contour. I will link all the products below.

Part 1 focuses on the products that women with dark skin can use for highlighting.


Highlighting is simply mimicking areas on your face where light usually hits you. This is typically your cheekbones, bridge of the nose, centre of the forehead, chin and cupid’s bow.

Tip:  For highlighting, use a concealer that is 2 or 3 shades lighter than your normal foundation.


Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer – Shade: SX13

Price: £38

Thoughts: It was pricey but a little goes along way, so hopefully this product will last in my makeup collection for a long time! It was highly pigmented and thick in consistency. I loved the way it felt on my skin as it is creamy in texture. I found that it didn’t settle into the creases under my eyes and it blended out like a dream! This is definitely a luxurious product for me. If you are after that dramatic (not ridiculous) under-eye brightening effect, and you highlight your face regularly, then this product is worth considering.


Yves Saint Laurent Touché Éclat Radiant Touch Highlighting Pen – Shade: 7

Price: £25

Thoughts: This is more of a brightener than a highlighter. It is a sheer coverage product, and has a light, watery consistency. I would say that is mainly to add a touch of luminosity and give that dewy finish to your skin when you are wearing light makeup. I would not recommend buying this if you are after a concealer with full coverage to cover up lines or dark circles.  



LA Girl Pro Concealer – Shade: Fawn

Price: £2.99 – £3.50

Thoughts: This is the highlighter I currently use. It is available in different shades and it is easily available in Hair and Beauty shops in the UK and on Ebay. I find it really easy to apply and the product blends out well. The concealer has a thick cream-like consistency and an applicator brush which is handy. However, I have noticed that it settles into the lines underneath my eyes after a few hours. But all in all, this is a cheap and cheerful product which does the trick of concealing any dark circles under your eyes.



NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer – Shade: Caramel

Price: £22

Thoughts: I have heard so much about this product, so I had to try it for myself. This product has a creamy but light texture. It does not require much blending as it melts into the skin. I found it to be hydrating and it did not crease or settle into the lines underneath my eyes whilst wearing it. The concealer is medium – full coverage and it covered up the dark circles underneath my eyes, which is important to me. There is not a huge variety of shades available, so I recommend getting a sample before purchasing.


How do you highlight? What products you use?


Links to Products mentioned:

NARS Creamy Concealer – £22

Kevyn Aucoin Skin Enhancer – £38

YSL Touche Eclat Highlighting Pen – £25

LA Girl Concealer – £3.69 (Amazon)


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