I’m still learning the magic of Highlighting & Contouring, but here’s what I’ve learned (from drag queens, Pinterest, and YouTube):
For the highlighting, you want a matte or slight shimmer product 1-2 shades lighter than your skin (liquid or powder, depending on your skin type).
For the contouring, you want a matte product 1 shade darker than your skin (liquid or powder, depending on your skin type).
You want to use them in conjunction- highlighting to draw attention to an area, contouring to create shadows.
Areas to highlight include: lower forehead (by eyebrows), top of nose (entire length), under the eyes (a debatable area, technique-wise), and/or cupid’s bow above the top lip.
Areas to contour include: temples, hairline (on forehead), cheekbones (below blush line), sides of the nose, jawline, and/or under the middle of the lower lip.
And because I’m a HAC newbie with a soft spot for visual guides…here’s the best of what I’ve found (click for the link-through):