The Beginners’ Guide to Face Contouring

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No matter how easy some celebs make it look on their Instagram, the struggle to perfectly contour your face is all too real. Thanks to the way it enhances your natural beauty and facial structure, the technique has become one of the biggest beauty trends around, but also one of the trickiest to learn. Until now, that is. A bit of insider advice: Use a contour kit to make sure your look blends seamlessly, then follow these easy steps:

Foundation
Create the perfect base for contouring by applying your favorite primer and foundation. An even complexion always makes the best base.

Bronzer
Start by using a bronzing powder (ideally
one or two shades deeper than your foundation)
and apply along your hairline, under your cheekbones, on the sides of your nose and around your jawline and neck with an
angled brush.

Highlighter
With a highlighter that’s one or two shades lighter than your skin tone, apply under your eyes, down the bridge of your nose and in the middle of your forehead and chin. Basically, you want to place the highlighter wherever light naturally hits your face. Then, blend the look together with a soft brush or beauty sponge until no distinct lines are visible.

Blush
Apply your favorite blush to the apples of your cheeks in an upward sweeping motion.

And for the finishing touch…
Set the entire look with a light or translucent powder —and voilà!—you’ve got contoured look even the most ‘grammed glitterati would envy.

How to Contour

Smashbox contour kitbeautyblender makeup applicator; Urban Decay blush; MAC primer; Clarins foundation; Clinique blender blush;  Laura Mercier translucent setting powder.

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