How to Enhance Your Feature with Highlight and Contour (aka HAC)

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I’m here to share my tips on how to enhance facial features using this Makeup Artist (MUA) Technique called HAC.


Seint's IIID Foundation is about highlighting and contouring or simply HAC. It is a technique for sculpting your face and bringing out those gorgeous details.

What is Highlighting And Contouring?

HAC is a makeup technique popularized by Seint, a brand founded by a MUA herself. The aim is to enhance the facial features instead of covering them with layers of makeup!


Not so long ago, HAC is a technique reserved for MUA. But Seint takes out the complexity in makeup and shares this secret using just a single layer of makeup! Think about time saver!



  • involves applying a lighter shade of makeup such as a brightener to bring radiance to your face and put the focus on those features.
  • using a second shade closest to your skin tone neutralizes discolorations and imperfections.


  • uses darker colors to reduce the size of prominent parts of your face, like wide noses or chubby cheeks, and to bring out your cheek bones.

Why Cream?

Both highlighting and contouring can be done using creams, powders, liquids, gels, sprays and sticks depending on personal preference. But in terms of application and staying power, cream makeup is proven to be the easiest to work with!

Basic Tools For HAC

The most important tool for HAC is your brush! 


Brush like the Detail Brush is best for contour application. 


A round brush like the IIID Brush or Buff Brush are for applying and buffing creams.


HAC Creams

As for the creams in your makeup palette — you need at least two highlights, one to brighten and one for coverage; one contour; and a lip+cheek cream for added warmth. 


For added radiance, topping off with an illuminator is like the icing on the cake.


Adding Bronzer also adds warmth to your face.



Now that you have all these essential products ready at hand, it’s time to start using them correctly!


How to Apply the HAC

Knowing where to apply your HAC is half of the battle, but the key to your natural look is knowing how.  Here are some tips to help you master your HAC: 

  • When applying a brightening highlight, use a round brush and start at the undereye, forming an inverted triangle. Sweep up along the bridge of your nose, across the temple of your forehead and over any other areas where you want to add a bit of radiance. Remember to be light-handed with this step; too much product can make your face appear cakey or unnatural.
  • A main highlight in shades that match your skin tone provides for a full face coverage.
  • For contouring, use an angled brush and apply the darker shade slightly below the area where you applied the highlights— think hollows of cheeks and sides of nose—to create shadows on certain features.  To keep things looking natural, choose colors that mimic real shadows like taupe and browns.
  • Apply the cheek color just above the cheekbones.


Technique For A Flawless HAC

Creating a flawless finish can be intimidating, but with Seint’s cream products, you’ll soon learn how to HAC like a pro! To make things easier for yourself, take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the basics:


1) Prep your skin. Before applying any product, cleanse and moisturize your face well. A good skincare is the key to any good makeup. This will ensure that your HAC has a clean base and lasts all day long. Use a primer before HAC if you prefer.


2) Choose the right brush. For an even application, use an angled side of the the IIID brush or beauty blender—this allows you to apply just enough cream exactly where you want it.


3) Select the appropriate shade of product. For the main highlight, choose one that is a shade darker than your natural skin tone in order to use less product. Choose a shade lighter for the brightening cream. And for contour, choose one that creates a natural looking shadow.  Lip+Cheek cream is more of a preference, choose one that your heart desires.

Also, to get your shades right, you may opt for a Seint Artist to help you.  Simply fill this color match form.


4) Apply lightly and blend thoroughly. Don’t forget to work from lightest to darkest; this way there will be no harsh lines visible once everything has been blended out. To achieve airbrushed results, soften edges by blending into the highlighter applied previously.

With these few easy steps you can easily enhance your features while still keeping it looking natural!


Different Shades Of Products Depending On Skin Tone

To achieve the best results with highlight and contour, it’s important to choose shades of product that match your skin tone. 


For dark skin tones, you can use deep brown or black hues for contouring, while lighter complexions should opt for taupe shades instead. 


And when it comes to highlighting, those with darker skin will want to reach for an ivory shade while fair-skinned people may benefit from a gold hue. 


No matter what color your complexion is, always remember to start off lightly and build up gradually— blending thoroughly as you go along!


The right combination of highlight and contour shades can make any feature stand out in bold relief – so don’t be afraid to experiment until you find the perfect balance for yourself! With trial and error (and some practice) you’ll soon learn how to master highlighting and contouring.


How To Make A Feature Stand Out With Highlight And Contour

Highlight and contour can do wonders for your features— but it’s important to get the right combination of shades in order to make them stand out. According to a recent survey on makeup trends, nearly 66% of women believe that highlight and contour is an essential technique for enhancing their facial features.


It’s also important to note that when doing HAC— too much of either one may lead to an unnatural look. The key here is balance— finding just the right amount of each product so that your feature stands out without being overly obvious about it. 


Benefits Of Using Highlight And Contour

Using Seint’s HAC technique can help you achieve a naturally sculpted look without having to rely on heavy makeup. Not only does it enhance your features, but the process also helps improve your complexion by adding definition and giving skin an overall natural glow.


The great thing about this technique is that it’s super easy to do! Seint’s complete foundation is composed of 4 shades of cream products – one lighter than your skin tone for brightening, one darker shade for contouring, one that matches your skin and one for your blush.


Seint’s HAC is a fantastic way to make subtle changes to your appearance while still looking like yourself – just more put together! Whether you want a more defined bone structure or just want to give yourself an extra boost of confidence before going out, this simple technique gets your makeup routine done in 5 minutes!


Frequently Asked Questions

Highlighting and contouring colors are what makes up Seint’s foundation. The idea is that our face is not single toned so wearing single toned foundation won’t be sufficient.


HAC is closer to the colors in our face while adding dimension to it! With single toned foundation, you lost the dimensions in your face. 


HAC creates natural-looking glow and shadows in the face. And because HAC is done in one layer, you get the full coverage of the foundation.

  • When it comes to highlighting and contouring, choosing the right shades of products is the key. Getting your colors right can bring out your natural features without looking cakey or washed out.


    When picking out shades, there are a few things you should consider:

    • Figure out what undertones your skin has – warm or cool tones?
    • Match your main highlight first. Then, your contour. And then, pick a brightening highlight that is a shade lighter than your main. Pick a brightening highlight with yellow tone.
    • Select colors that will be most flattering with your hair color and eye color

    If unsure, go a shade darker for main highlight so as not to use too much product. 


    Don’t let finding the perfect shade intimidate – as a Seint Artist, I can get you color matched (click here for a color match) so you can be sure of your shades!

Seint has a line up of brushes especially made for highlighting and contouring and is best for cream makeup application. 


For contouring,  Details Brush is best creating sharp lines. 


For applying the main highlight, choose fluffy side of the IIID Brush. Use the less dense side for the brightening highlight.


You can also use Perfector sponge or beauty blender for blending out harsh lines created by contouring products.

Artist Advice

Highlighting and Contouring is a great technique for enhancing your facial features. Cream is easier to work with when highlighting and contouring. Be sure to invest in quality brushes designed for cream makeup. 

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