January 8, 2015 Makeup.com TIPS & TUTORIALS

How to Contour Fair Skin

When we think contouring, we picture a face that's bronzed and glow-y in all the right spots. So we totally get why someone with pale skin might be afraid of this advanced makeup technique. One false move and things get Oompa Loompa-ish in a hurry.

Fortunately, fair girls don't have to sit this one out. Celebrity makeup artist Gabriel Almodovar tells team MDC how the lightly complected can sculpt out killer cheekbones and still look natural.

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1. Skip the Bronzer.

Most bronzers are too warm for a fair face. Instead, Almodovar suggests contouring using a matte powder with a cool, ashy-gray undertone — the color of your natural contour shadows. Try NYX Powder Blush in Taupe.

2. Lighten Up.

Highlighter and contouring powder are like peanut butter and jelly: good on their own, better together. "Wherever you contour, you should highlight directly above," says Almodovar. For fair skin, Almodovar likes a white shimmer powder. Try Maybelline Expertwear Eyeshadow Singles in Vanilla.

3. Blend, Blend — Then Blend Some More.

Nothing says unnatural more than obvious streaks. Almodovar likes natural hair brushes to blend powder. Use circular motions and long strokes to soften harsh lines.

Have you tried to contour your fair skin? Let us know in the comments!

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