Highlight and contour like a pro with Mary Kay


Highlighting and contouring is something that I just recently learned about and started doing a few months ago. I never bothered with it in the past, but now that I am getting older, I felt like I could really benefit from it.  By contouring you create an illusion of a shadow around your temples, jaw line, nose, and cheek bones to accentuate your bone structure and slim down your face and nose. When you highlight you create artificial light to your nose bridge, cupid’s bow, cheek bones and eyebrows.

I’ve been trying several different contouring and highlighting products the past few months, so I was very excited to test the Mary Kay Facial Highlighting Pen, and bronzing powder.

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Mary Kay Highlighting Pen

The light reflecting pigments in the highlighting pen optically “lift” the shadowy areas of your face so your skin looks brighter and more radiant. I used the pen underneath my eye area, on the bridge of my nose, and underneath my eyebrows. The formula is very easy to blend, and did not settle into the fine lines underneath my eyes.

Highlighting and Contouring with Mary Kay Bronzing Powder

Next I used the Mary Kay® mineral bronzing powder in Bronze Diva to contour my cheek bones, temples, jaw line and nose. What I really liked about this bronzing powder is that it has two different shades. You can use each of them separately, or combine them – but either way, you’ll be able to find the perfect shade. If I am just going into the office during the day, I do a lighter and less dramatic contour. The lighter shade works great for that.

After the contouring, I added blush to my cheeks. Then I used the Mary Kay® mineral bronzing powder in Desert Sun to do some highlighting. I applied it to the top of my cheek bones and down the bridge of my nose, and took a big powder blush to blend. This mineral powder has just the right amount of shimmer to it.

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I have to say, out of all the highlighting and contouring products I’ve used so far, these are by far my favorite. It can be really hard finding the right shade of bronzer to use as a contour. Having the two colors in one compact definitely helps alleviate that problem. I like the mineral bronzing powders because you don’t need a lot of product on your brush, they are very blendable, and they have staying power. I really like the highlighting pen because it is hard to find a product that does not settle in the fine lines under your eye. It also made me look more awake and my eyes brighter.

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Tips From Mary Kay Glam Squad

Not everyone is in love with their selfie, as shown with Mary Kay’s survey of 1,000 people with Wakefield Research

  • 48 percent of respondents said that people actually look older in camera phone photos
  • On average, respondents said people look 7 years older in camera phone photos! 20 percent even said you look a decade older!

Fortunately, Mary Kay Glam Squad has tips to ensure you look your best…

Tip #1 “Follow the Hollow”

  • According to Mary Kay Glam Squad Celebrity Makeup Artist, Raychel Wade, highlighting and contouring the cheek bone is particularly important.

Try Mary Kay® Facial Highlighting Pen, $18 www.marykay.com

Tip #2 “All About The Angle”

  • Never take a selfie straight on, always keep the phone angled, says Mary Kay Glam Squad Stylist to the Stars, Lo VonRumpf.

Tip #3 “Go Bold”

  • Take the shot vertically, not horizontally, for a long look. Keeping the camera focused on your good side, slightly tilt your head, making sure to include your beautiful lashes coated with Mary Kay® Lash Love® Lengthening™ Mascara; snap and voilà- the perfect selfie.

Try Mary Kay® True Dimensions™ Lipstick in Firecracker Red, $18 www.marykay.com

So tell us…

Have you ever used a facial highlighting pen or have you done any contouring?



The Mommy Bunch received products in exchange for this post, all opinions are our own.

Nicole O.

I am a wife, mom to two small children, and work full-time as a communications coordinator for a global engineering firm. I am also going back to school part time to finish my Bachelor’s degree. Yeah, sometimes I feel like Wonder Woman juggling it all!

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6 thoughts on “Highlight and contour like a pro with Mary Kay

  • October 5, 2013 at 1:00 am
    This is great info! I've used a highlighting pen to brighten the inner corners of my eyes, but I will try some of these tips! It always seemed so intimidating! Reply
  • October 5, 2013 at 7:52 pm
    I have tried to do a little contouring and I love how it looks. This color looks great! Reply
  • October 6, 2013 at 2:12 am
    I'm not very good at applying makeup, but i'd like to learn! Reply
  • October 6, 2013 at 8:21 am
    I've never tried highlighting or contouring, but it is something I'd be very interested in! Reply
  • May 1, 2016 at 2:33 am
    Hi I use MARY KAY TIMEWISE FOUNDATION *(BRONZE 2 ). Will like to confirm if the special BRONZING POWDER and HIGHLIGHTING PEN come in different shades. If yes, which should I go for? Thank you. Reply
    • May 2, 2016 at 12:26 pm
      Hello there, I don't actually sell Mary Kay, one of my writers tried these samples as they were sent to us to try. Unfortunately, I do not know what their collection holds, however, if you go to the Mary Kay website they can probably connect you with a local consultant. Thanks for visiting! Reply

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