Beauty Basics: Shape Your Face

Time for, Shape Your Face!

Today we’re talking about everything from how to find your perfect blush, bronzer, contour & highlight products and how to apply!

Now we’re knee deep in perfecting your makeup. Skincare, Skin Prep, Foundation and Concealer are all done. Applied and blended perfectly, so now lets add some colour and shape back into your face! πŸ™‚


When it comes to anything related to adding colour back into your face after applying your skincare and base products, it really does come down to personal preference.
Sure your skin tone and undertone come into what actually suits your skin, but ultimately, the decision as to what shade, colour and tone of the blush or bronzer, comes down to you and what you like the look of πŸ™‚

Firstly, blush.. There are so many different shades and colours. From barbie pink, to peachy pink right through to a rosy red shade of blush.
And then there are full on shimmers, light shimmer or full matte formulas you can choose from.

Next, bronzer.. Just like blush, there are so many shades and colours. From a light bronze, to orange through to a dark golden tan.
And of course, shimmer and matte formulas.

Like any of my recommendations, always test out colours on the back of your hand, see how they blend out and what level of pigment you’re working with before committing.
Even test out a couple colours and take them out into natural light to ensure you like them in all lighting.

For both my blush and bronzers, I like to use a fluffy angled blush brush to apply on my cheek bones for a natural flush of colour.

Tahlia’s Blush & Bronzer:

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion
Too Faced Love Flush Blush in Baby Love
NARS Blush in Orgasm

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Diffused Light
Too Faced Milk Chocolate Bronzer
NARS Bronzer in Laguna

Each time I do my makeup, I like to switch up my blush and bronzer, depending on how I’m feeling. Some days I use both, some days I’ll only use one or the other πŸ™‚


Now when it comes to contour and highlight, first decision is going to be cream or powder?
Both creams & powders are great for a natural dewy look or a heavy duty full face look.
So again, it mostly comes down to personal preference and what you would like the final outcome to be.

I find creams a lot harder to work with on myself, so for a newbie, I would recommend starting with powders, if you stuff up, its a lot easier to blend it away than a cream πŸ™‚

Just like all products, you’ve gotta find the colours for you and your skin.
Typically with contouring, they offer light/medium/dark categorising for the shades, which makes it simple and quick to find what will suit you, and then it depends on how much product you apply and how heavy-handed you are as to how they appear on the skin.

Moving onto highlighter, well well well, this is a whole new can of worms to open!
I absolutely love highlighters, and actually do quite like a liquid or cream highlighter every now and then πŸ˜›

Highlighters come in all formulas, from shimmer to full glitter to matte, and many different colours, all colours of the rainbow actually. So finding one that you like and love the look of on your skin is key πŸ™‚

Pretty much every brand that has some form of contouring products, will also offer highlighting products. But if you just ask any of the makeup girls within Mecca, Sephora, Priceline, etc they will most likely have recommendations of what contour/highlight combos they reach for to give you an idea of where to start πŸ˜€

Tahlia’s Contour & Highlight:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette in Light/Medium
Too Faced Natural Face Palette
Becca X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop
CiatΓ© London Dewy Stix in Gleam
NARS Illuminating Liquid in Copacabana



In addition to laying contouring and highlighting products on your face, you’re always going to want to set your final face so it doesn’t go anywhere.
My best recommendation is a setting spray. Something heavy duty and long wearing for those full-face days and something light and luminous for the natural/light coverage days.

Tahlia’s Setting Sprays:

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
Mario Badescu Facial Spray
Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Primer/Setting Spray
GlamGlow GlowSetter Setting Spray


For newbies looking into contouring for the first time, or just people wanting to make their lives easier, I love to use a brush that is specifically designed for contouring.
So that is typically a flat top kabuki style brush but in more of a narrow oval shape.

And you’re going to want to apply this just below your natural cheekbone, if you feel from around the top of your ear, down your face in a diagonal direction, you will feel your cheekbone and if you place your pinky just underneath, that is exactly where you apply your contour.

Now for highlighter, any fluffy blending brush will do, or a fan brush which apply a really nice even amount across the whole top of your cheek bones πŸ™‚

Tahlia’s Brushes & Tools:

Blush / Bronzer
Zoeva 128 Cream Cheek Brush
DollFace Blush Brush

Zoeva Face Paint Brush
DollFace Small Flat Contour Brush

Zoeva 110 Face Shape
DollFace Large Dome Shader Brush

Keep an eye on my instagram for a clip of me applying all my face shaping products for ya’ll to see πŸ™‚

I hope you guys enjoyed a little bit more of a ‘tutorial’ style blog today.
Let me know what you think in the comments below or via my socials <3

Stay tuned, next Sunday is Beauty Basics: Define Your Eyes


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