Dress Your Face’s 10 Steps to Highlight & Contour

If you don’t know Tamanna Roashan (Dress your Face) you need to!  She is an incredibly talented makeup artist based in LA.  Her instagram transformations are sensational (@dressyourface). She has sold out workshops which she tours all over the world and has sold out makeup classes from her studio in LA.  She is known to be one of the most down-t0-earth makeup celebrities around.   She recently started an online makeup class, where she shows you step-by-step  how to recreate some of her signature makeup techniques.  If you haven’t signed up for her class you should, just visit: for details.

I recently took her contouring and highlighting class and tho I couldn’t share all her tips (you have to watch it to really benefit) thought to share some of the steps that make her contouring so amazing.  Here it goes:

Step 1

Apply a primer that doesn’t have any shine or shimmer using your fingers all over the face.

Step 2

Apply foundation using a stippling brush #187 from MAC.  Use a very small amount on the tips of the brush and pat it on creating a thin layer to create an airbrushed effect.  Apply foundation on one area of the face and finish before you move on to the next. This will allow you to have a perfect application because by typically dotting it all over the face, it gets dry and hard to blend by the time you get there.

Step 3

Conceal dark circles with a concealer with the #287 brush from MAC.  Choose one that has a hint of apricot to it to help conceal dark circles.  Pat it on under the eye creating thin layers for a flawless effect.  Don’t forget around the noes as the nose tends to get slippery and needs more product to control the shine.

Step 4

Highlight the bridge of the nose, forehead and under the eyes using LA Girl Concealer in Creamy Beige or MAC Pro long wear in NC42.  Create a large “V” under the eyes following your laugh lines to above the cheekbones. For the nose draw a thin straight line down the center and depending on how large or small your forehead is. Don’t forget the chin and cupids bow.

Step 5

Contour the forehead depending on how small or large it is from the top and the sides. Contour along the cheekbones from the top of the ear towards the inner corner of the lips.  Along the sides of the nose, close to the highlight but keep it straight.  On the jawline.

Step 6

6. Use the #130 brush from MAC to push in the product into the skin and then use your fingers to blend the edges.  Work on the highlighted area first and then the contour.

Step 7

7.  Use a powder the same color as the concealer and pat on top .

Step 8

8.  Use the #138 brush with a powder 2 shades darker then your contour and pat on top of the contoured areas on the face to set.

Step 9

9.  Use a medium colored powder to set the areas in-between the highlight and contour.  Gently pat on.

Step 10

10.  Powder above jawline



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Nilo Haq
Tagged as one of the five women to have shaped the beauty industry in the Middle East, Nilo is a pro makeup artist with stints at MAC Cosmetics, Toni&Guy, & Alexander Zouari Paris. Nilo Haq is the founder of iGlow Studios, Snobby Face lashes and creator of the first ever Online Makeup Course made for South Asian women. Nilo is now based in Toronto and is a sought-after bridal makeup artist who runs makeup workshops across three continents.

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