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    Internationally Accredited by ICOES
    Fully CPD/CE Certified
    Instant Free PDF Certificate
    Recommended by 95% of Students
    24/7 Access
    7298 Students Enrolled

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    About the course

    Learn how to highlight and contourjust like the pros!

    Highlighting and contouring aren’t just fancy techniques used by celebrities and professional makeup artists – they’re an absolute MUST for any makeup fan.

    Contouring will sculpt, slim and define your face, so you can get the look you want without having to permanently alter your features.

    Whereas highlighting brings out your best features by drawing attention to them using light. Who needs plastic surgery when you can get the same effect using contouring makeup? You can play with application, products, and shapes to achieve various looks – from soft and natural to dramatic evening makeup.

    Using a mix of lessons and video tutorials, we’ll show you the latest tips and techniques for creating a flawless face for yourself or your clients!

    What you will learn

    This course may be contouring for beginners, but by the end you’ll be an expert! You’ll learn how to:

    • Identify face shapes
    • Measure the face for symmetry
    • Design a facial map for product placement
    • Match the perfect colors for foundation
    • Find an ideal contour palette
    • Choose the right products and tools for your contouring kit
    • Properly blend with easy techniques 
    • Professionally apply cream products
    • Professionally apply powder products
    • Add color in the right places with blush
    • Work with all ethnicities and skin types
    • Alter various face shapes and features


    International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.


    Course Breakdown

    Module 1: Preparing The Skin
    • Introduction to skin
    • Identifying skin types – Dry, Oily, Combination, etc.
    • Choosing products
    • Understanding the color wheel
    • Color correcting
    • Using concealer
    • Matching foundations for every skin tone and ethnicity
    • Identifying face shapes
    Module 2: Highlighting With Cream
    • Benefits of using creams
    • Cream vs. Powder highlighter
    • Creating a map for symmetry
    • Measuring facial zones
    • Choosing tools for cream highlighters
    • Choosing cream products
    • Color choices for all skin tones
    • Applying cream highlighter
    Module 3: Contouring With Cream
    • Benefits of using creams for contouring
    • Pros and cons of cream contours
    • Choosing contouring products
    • Color choices for all skin tones
    • Using a facial map for contouring
    • Where to place contouring
    • Applying cream contouring
    Module 4: Contouring With Powder
    • Benefits of using powders
    • Powder types
    • Pros and cons to powders
    • Setting with powder
    • Choosing tools for powder contouring
    • Applying powder contouring
    Module 5: Highlighting With Powder
    • Benefits of using powder highlighters
    • Setting with powder highlighter
    • Discover the power of reflection
    • Types of powder highlighters
    • Choosing tools for powder highlighting
    • Color choices for all skin tones
    • Applying powder highlighters


    Who is this course for

    This course is the perfect match for you if you…

    • Want to learn the hottest trend in makeup right now
    • Desire a more youthful and vibrant appearance
    • Would like to learn how to enhance your natural features
    • Want to know what makeup and tools are best for you
    • Are an experienced makeup artist and want to raise the standard by taking your skills to the next level

    Career path

    After you complete this course, you could:

    • Reach higher levels as a professional makeup artist
    • Improve your personal skill set, and help friends
    • Share your skills on a beauty blog, YouTube channel or Instagram
    • Consult with individual clients, training them in the art of the contour


    Certification details

    To receive certification, you must:

    1. Complete every page of the course
    2. Score at least 55% on the exam at the end of the course
    3. That's it!

    After successfully completing the course, you will immediately receive your PDF course certificate so you can instantly add it to your CV and display your achievement. You can also request a hard copy certificate to be sent to your postal address for a small printing and posting fee.

    All our courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards - www.icoes.org (accreditation number ICOES/00763/13/36). Most of our courses will earn you credits through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) / Continuing Education (CE). Check for the CPD logo on the course page.

    CPD points are accepted and recognized by employers from both the public and private sectors, and academic institutions across the UK and internationally.

    International Open Academy is also an officially approved TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) center, with the TQUK Center Number: C001157

    TQUK is a national awarding body recognized by the UK Government and regulated by Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).

    For further details, please visit https://internationalopenacademy.com/accreditation