Basic 101 Makeup Application with Contouring & Highlighting Effect

An easy, fun & fast makeup application you can do in under 5 minutes.


Ellie Malmin – Mother of Beauty – February 3, 2015

This basic 101 makeup application with contouring and highlighting effects is an easy, fun, & fast makeup application. You’ll be able to accomplish a polished look to get out the door or have your client looking their best in less than five minutes! To supplement the E-Book, I also have provided a step-by-step video tutorial on the link you’ll receive.

The whole process takes a little longer than five minutes & may for you as well… at first. But be assured that after you complete the process a few times on yourself at home it will take you less than five minutes in subsequent applications to accomplish this beautiful look.

You will need 2 colors of CINEMA SECRETS Foundation; one that matches your skin tone and another that is slightly darker. With this duo you will add all over color & contouring effects to your cheek forehead & nose. Next you’ll use the TOUCHE ÉCLAT highlighting pen from Yves Saint Laurent to add light around your eyes and mouth.

A little MAC nude color Paint Pot is great for the all over eye lid base color. Also, a matte brown pallet of eye shadow will have just the color you need to add that contour effect in the crease of you eyelids. A simple an inexpensive Dollar Store blush is all you need to achieve that sun-kissed skin effect. Frame those eyes with MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes black gel liner. I have a personal tip on the tutorial & in my E-Book on the same topic about eyeliner application. Next we’ll use 2 powders, one that is translucent from MAC Cosmetics and another by KETT Cosmetics that is a lose-no-color powder. These two will help you top off the highlighted areas & polish off the entire face. We have not forgotten what’s on your lips when we use my personal favorite, Revlon ColorStay Lipstick. It is kissable, non-drying & isn’t going to come off for at least 12 hours or until you remove it. Last but never least you’ll need makeup sponges & brushes to put all of this on.

Make sure to read the free E-Book that covers all 10 steps. Along with the E-Book, you’ll find the video tutorial which shows me complete the process.


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About the Author: Ellie Malmin is recognized as an industry leader in Eyelash, Eyebrow, and Makeup Training. With over 35 years in the beauty industry, she travels world-wide for speaking events and also to provide training for professionals. Ellie is co-owner of Anushka Spa Salon and Cosmedical Center in West Palm Beach, FL. and  co-owner of DS Competition Makeup.  She facilitates the innovative Ellie Malmin Lash, Brow, and Makeup Training Academy, which offer comprehensive training courses for licensed professionals. Ellie has also developed an exceptional online training program for anyone interested in learning her proven state-of-the-art techniques! Find out more information by going to On the website you can also find E-Educates, which are Ellie’s FREE RESOURCES that include her YouTube channel and her Blog.