Simple Contouring, Highlighting & Baking Routine For a Natural Glam

Tanya Cheban
by Tanya Cheban
14 Materials
45 Minutes

Today I will be demonstrating my contouring, highlighting, and baking routine for you guys. Although contour may seem intimidating, with a few easy tips you can quickly learn how to contour like a pro.

Contouring can completely transform and glow up your face! Let's get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Face spray 
  • Primer 
  • Foundation 
  • Under-eye corrector 
  • Contour kit with highlight and bronze 
  • Concealer 
  • Setting powder
  • Bronzer 
  • Blush 
  • Mascara 
  • Highlighter
  • Lipstick
  • Makeup brushes 
  • Beauty blender
Moisturizing face spray

1. Face spray 

Spray your face thoroughly with a moisturizing face spray. This will help clean up the skin and moisturize. 

This step feels really refreshing!

Applying primer before makeup

2. Prime 

Apply your face primer of choice to your skin. This will give your face a glow as well as a dewy finish. I think this is really important, especially in the winter when skin can get really dry.

Applying stick foundation to the face

3. Apply foundation 

I am using a stick foundation. I love stick foundations because they are so easy to use to touch up your makeup throughout the day. 

Apply the foundation across your cheeks, center, and perimeter of your face. 

Blending foundation with a makeup brush

4. Blend out the foundation

Using a makeup brush, buff the foundation away in circular motions while pressing the product into your skin. 

Keep working the product into and around your face until it is all blended and smooth.

Applying under-eye corrector before concealer

5. Apply under-eye corrector

I just started using this product. Basically, you are supposed to apply this under-eye correction right before you apply your concealer and it's supposed to correct the darkness under your eyes. 

Take a small amount on your ring finger and pat it right underneath your eye where any dark circles may be. 

This will brighten up the under-eye area. 

Applying highlight to the cheekbone area

6. Apply highlight

Apply the highlighting shade in a triangular shape below the eyes. Use very light strokes to apply the product evenly.

Contouring, highlighting, and baking tutorial

Apply more highlight to your chin and cupid's bow. This will balance everything out. 

Applying highlight to the center of the forehead

Apply highlight to the center of your forehead and the corners of your mouth. This will help brighten your face.

Applying bronzer under the cheekbones

7. Apply bronzer

I am mixing two bronzing shades together but you can use whichever color you prefer. 

Start by applying the product to your temples and the hollow of your cheekbones, working your way around the perimeter of your face. 

When applying bronzer to your cheekbones, you want to stop halfway to your mouth so that it doesn’t look too muddy and unnatural. 

How to apply highlighter and contour

Apply the bronze to the tip of your nose and the bottom of your lip. This will create the illusion of a fuller bottom lip. 

Blending makeup to make it look more natural

8. Blend

Use a foundation brush to buff out all the edges of the contour. I like to blend out the contour really well because I like my makeup to look a little more natural. 

Using a beauty blender to pick up excess makeup

Use a beauty blender to go over your face again. This will make everything really smooth and pick up any excess makeup that is sitting on your face.

Applying concealer under the eyes

9. Apply concealer 

Gently apply concealer underneath your eyes and blend out with a beauty blender. 

Contouring, highlighting, and baking

10. Set the look

Apply the setting powder underneath your eyes and let it sit for two to three minutes. This is going to help set the concealer and makeup.

Where to contour and highlight

11. Apply more bronze

Apply more bronze to your cheekbone area, dusting off the setting powder as you go. 

I find that this makes the makeup look so much more natural. 

Dusting off the setting powder

Use a clean makeup brush to go over your skin and finish dusting off the setting powder. 

How to contour and highlight

Apply your bronzer of choice to your cheekbone and temple area. Blend out the product in circular motions. 

Blending makeup with a clean makeup brush

Take the same clean makeup brush from earlier and go over your skin again to make sure there are no harsh lines and that everything looks natural. 

Applying blush in circular motions

12. Apply the blush

Apply your blush of choice in circular upwards motions to get a nice wash of color. 

Applying mascara to the lower lashes

13. Apply mascara 

Apply your mascara of choice as needed.

Contour and highlight guide

14. Apply more highlighter

Apply highlighter to your cheekbones, brow bones, nose, and cupid's bow. 

Applying a natural-colored lipstick

15. Apply lipstick

Apply your lipstick of choice. I am going for a more natural look to offset the contour.

Applying moisturizing spray

16. Apply spray

Spray your face with a moisturizing spray. I used the same spray as before, which feels lovely on my skin.

Contouring, highlighting, and baking routine

Contouring, highlighting, and baking routine

This is the finished look! These steps are how I achieve a fully contoured face. As you can see, I prefer a more natural-looking glam. So if you are like me, these steps are definitely for you!

Let me know in the comments below what you think.

Suggested materials:
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  • Primer
  • Foundation
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Join the conversation
  • Treva Treva on Feb 11, 2022

    Longgggg process. You did not mention eye shadow but apparently you are wearing eye shadow.

  • JR Pablo JR Pablo on Feb 11, 2022

    Very pretty and not at all overdone.