Highlighting and Contouring for dark skin | Part 2

Highlighting and Contouring for dark skin | Part 2

Hey guys,

As promised, here is Part 2 of the Highlighting and Contouring for dark skin series.

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With all that said and done, let’s get straight to it!

Note: I am only focusing on the under eye highlighting and contouring. I am not wearing any eyeliner, blush, eyelashes, mascara, lipstick, and even Vaseline! 

WHAT YOU NEED (+ What I used)


Foundation in normal shade: Estee Lauder Sandalwood or MAC Studio Fix Liquid foundation – NW44

Concealer in a shade 2/3 times lighter than your skin tone: LA Girl Pro Conceal Fawn

Setting powder: Ben Nye – Banana + Topaz

Face Powder: MAC Mineralise Skin-finish – Deep dark

Powder brush or a Large fluffy brush

Concealer brush

Foundation brush or blending sponge

Black Opal Foundation stick – Black Walnut


Apply your foundation as usual after cleaning and moisturising your skin



Blend your foundation down to your neck to avoid that obvious line where your face is a different colour to your neck (I am guilty of forgetting to do my neck!). This is especially important if your neck is darker than your face.



Apply your concealer your cheekbones, bridge of the nose (don’t worry we’re not reshaping – that’s where the light hits everyone’s face), centre of the forehead and chin. Some concealers come with their own applicator (like the concealer I am using) so you can use this to apply the product. If the concealer doesn’t have the applicator put the product on the back of your hand and apply using a concealer brush.



Using your brush or sponge, blend this out. Take your time here and blend, blend blend! There should be no visible line where your highlighter meets your foundation. It has to look seamless. Blend it like a pro!



Apply your setting powder onto the highlighted areas, by pressing the powder in. Do not rub, but press it in. Apply the product onto your sponge or brush and press it into the concealor. I am using a normal cosmetics sponge here.

If you are prone to get creases under your eyes like I am, take your time here to ensure that the concealer is set properly and does not crease.

Note – I mix two Ben Nye powders in Banana and Topaz because I noticed that Banana was a tad bit too light for me. Ben Nye Powders come in a variety of different shades for all skin tones so don’t just stick with ‘Banana’ because it is the most popular.



Apply your concealer in the hollows of your cheeks. You can add use it to slightly reshape your nose. Try not to go cray cray at this stage! Be light-handed with your concealer

Lightly sweep away the excess setting powder with your powder brush or a large fluffy brush.

To get that super highlighted look, apply more powder and leave your setting powder for 10-15 minutes so that the powder can absorb all the excess oils . This is called ‘baking’. To be honest, ‘baking’ for me is not an everyday thing. I only do it when I am going for a special occasion or taking pictures.



Use your powder or large, fluffy brush, lightly apply your face powder in your skin to the highlighted areas and to other areas of your face to further blend the highlighted areas with the rest of your face 

And voila! Here is the finished look.


What do you guys think? Do you use a different method to highlight your face? Please leave your comments below.


Links of products: 

Estee Lauder DayWear Oil Free Moisturiser (SPF 25) 

LA Girl Concealer – £3.69 (Amazon) 

Ben Nye Powder

MAC Mineralise Skin Finish – Deep Dark 

ELF Powder Brush 

Real Techniques Concealer Brush

Real Techniques Foundation Brush 

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (a cheaper alternative to the Beauty Blender)

 Beauty Blender




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