We don't need to tell you that makeup can be miraculous. You've probably seen some pretty radical makeovers in your day, and maybe you've even experienced one yourself. Lately we've been in awe of these transformations by Dermablend, where makeup is used in an incredibly moving way. If you're craving a bit of a new look but don't need something quite this extreme, contouring may be just what you’re looking for. To add some definition to make your face even more beautiful, follow these simple steps.
contouring tutorial
1. Assess your shadows. The trick to making contouring look natural is to work with what nature gave you. If you want your cheekbones to appear higher, look at your face and figure out where the shadows would natural fall. Generally, this includes the space in between the bottom of your cheekbones and the top of your jawline, the sides of your nose, the top of your hairline. Apply a line of contouring makeup in each of these places. We used em Cosmetics Chiaroscuro Contour and Highlighter Stick.

2. Highlight.
Now that you’ve created the illusion of shadows, you’ll want to bring a little light on your face. Use a highlighter stick, cream or powder to draw the eye to your most favorable features. Apply highlighter across the tops of your cheekbones and to the center of your face to bring those features forward. If you need ideas for where else to use highlighter, read our post “4 Places You Never Thought to Highlight.”

3. Blend.
Use a blending sponge to smooth out the contour and highlighter lines and ensure a natural, polished look. Need a visual tutorial? We'll show you in six seconds.

What are your favorite facial features to highlight?
Tell us your tricks in the comments!  

Hair and Makeup: Tara Shakespeare for Contour Fossa

Photos: Joshua M Shelton Photography

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