How I Contour and Highlight

contour before and after
It’s no secret that I love to highlight and contour. I enjoy the precess because I can achieve a slimmer, healthier look overall. I love that I can bring back color to my face, especially now during winter that my skin tone is a shade lighter than it regularly is. I also included in this post all the dupes to some of my higher end products. I always alternate between brands because I’m a firm believer that you can recreate any look no matter what your budget is. Just go out there and have fun! Enjoy my tutorial!

Products used and affordable drugstore alternatives/dupes
Before I began, I applied my Neutrogena Shine Control makeup in Fresh Beige (70) with a stippling brush from MAC
Make Up Forever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette
Revlon Colorstay 03 Light Medium
Setting Powder:
Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder
Airspun Loose Face Powder “Translucent”
Bronzer (both are matte):
Bobbi Brown Golden Light 1
N.Y.C. Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder “Sunny”
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Soft and Gentle
I also LOVE NARS “Albatross” because it has absolutely no pink!
Milani Illuminating Face Powder “Hermosa Rose 2″
Maybelline Vivids “Pink Pop”
NARS Lipgloss in Orgasm

BeforeAfterDulce Candy
Revlon Colorstay dulcecandy
PicMonkey Collage
Beauty Blender/ Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge
Sigma Large Eyeshadow brush used for contouring around the nose.
MAC 163 -Great brush to achieve chiseled cheekbones!
Sigma Small Contour F05
Sephora PRO Precision Powder #59
Random large eyeshadow brush (bought from ebay a few years back in a pack of 20)
Sephora PRO Precision Blush brush #73 (One of my all time favorite brushes because it’s quite versatile)
beauty blender

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  1. ouuuuuuuuu I like your new style of blogpost <3 Keep it up Dulce <3 You're awesome <3

  2. Completely AMAZING transformation. Beautiful. I love that you included dupes to high end products!

  3. ohh thank you so much for sharing this. I have realized that my nose looks broad in pictures, it will be really helpful. :)

  4. This is such an awesome post!

  5. Finally a cosmetic post again! I’ve been waiting for over a year on this ;)

  6. It amazing the diference it makes on the shape of the face and al,so on the appearence of the skin. Great tutorial!!

    <3 Val

  7. wow, an amazing transformation! contouring and highlighting really does make a difference, your face looks flawless as usual!

  8. I’ve seen you using the Ben Nye powder in a few of your tutorials and was wondering where I would be able to find some of that to use for myself? I love your videos and take your advice often. Its super helpful and all the clothes you wear are adorable.

  9. I love this post!!! the concealer from sheer cover is my favourite one!!! <3

  10. Since i have sensitive skin i love using airspun for setting my make up or even to put on to control oil. its a great inexpensive find.

  11. I saw a sponge similar to beauty blender the other day at H&M for 3,95€! :) So it could be dupe as well :)

  12. How do you choose the right color foundation? I don’t wear makeup often, because I have thrown upwards of $100 on bottles/powders and I always look too light in photos, or even just in the sun.

  13. Berenice Gutierrez says:

    Where did you get the Ben ney banana powder????

  14. Is the MAC 163 brush still available? I cannot find it.


  15. antonia suzanne says:

    I think I might try contouring now… Your before and after pictures convinced me!

  16. Can u swatch the products u use side by side? Sometimes it doesnt look alike when their swatch. Ty :)

  17. Your video was so helpful! I try to contour and highlight but it never looks as good as it should. This has definitely helped me out a lot. Thank you.


  18. Awesome work. but you guys do know the after photo is enhanced a little right?

  19. PatitasMind@twitter says:

    I love it!!!
    This blog is more real!
    I like this style… Keep it up :)

    More affordable & Nice products!


  20. loved this post! I’m intrigued by the ben nye powder.. where does it retail? I couldn’t find anything online.. :(


  21. Stephanie says:

    What are you wearing on your lips in the “after” photo (not the light pink lip in the video). It’s absolutely perfect!

    If anyone knows where I can find a post where she explains how she gets that impossibly hot pink lip, please let me know.

  22. Contouring is a great application and you did it beautifully! Great Tutorial & beautiful blog. Your heart is in the right place and it shows… :)

  23. The way you present the products use in the tutorial in this post with the dupes is just brilliant! :)