Basic Highlighting and Contouring

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What is the Basic HAC?

Highlighting and contouring is a makeup technique popularized by Seint. It replaces the single toned foundation, using at least 4 colors – main, brightening, contour and lip+cheek, aiming to simplify the whole makeup process with single layer application. To fully reap the benefits of a single layer makeup, you should be familiar with the color placement.


Sample Basic Palette

This is how a basic makeup palette looks like. A single deck magnetic palette for up to 4 tins will work.

Basic Hac Makeup Palette

Basic HAC Placement Guide


Apply on the :
  • upper forehead
  • along the jawline
  • up against the bottom of your cheekbone
If you want extra details try it on your eyes, upper edges of nose, and to add dimension to your lips.

Brightening Highlight 

Also called the brightening highlight. Add to the following for a natural lift and brighten :

  • tops of cheekbones
  • center of nose
  • inner eye
  • lower forehead
  • upper lip 

If needed, add to the jawline to create balance with the neck and overall look.

Main Highlight 

Apply to the “triangle of light” and areas you have not already placed your pop, camo, and contour. This shade should blend seamlessly in a single layer.

Lip + Cheek 

Place on your cheeks, add that gorgeous flush, and enhance your natural glow. Embrace the versatility and add to your lips as well!

The Tools

IIID Brush 

Pointed end 

  • Use for thin and detailed contouring

Rounded end 

  • Use for main highlighting 
  • Apply under the eye to brighten the circle
  • Apply into the forehead 
Iiid Brush Round Vs Pointed End Side

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