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Your Best Face Forward

A beginner’s guide to contouring for your face shape

Step 1

Find Your Face Shape

The shape of your face determines how and where you’ll contour and highlight. Which of the following most closely resembles the shape of your face?

Step 2

Learn the Tricks

For a heart shape: Establish balance between a wide forehead and a pointy chin.

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1. PREP

Apply foundation to skin that has been cleansed, moisturized and primed.

2. HIGHLIGHT

Create width and balance with highlights at the jawline.

3. CONTOUR

Narrow the forehead by shading from the temples down.

4. BLEND

Soften and brush the contour into the highlight, working toward the center of your face.

5. FINISH

Add warmth with blush, bronzer or luminizer.

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Step 2

Learn the Tricks

For an oval shape: Maintain the balance of your features.

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1. PREP

Apply foundation to skin that has been cleansed, moisturized and primed.

2. HIGHLIGHT

Use a light matte shade to heighten and illuminate the natural high planes of the face.

3. CONTOUR

Use a darker shade to emphasize the natural hollows of the face.

4. BLEND

Soften and brush the contour into the highlight, working toward the center of your face.

5. FINISH

Add warmth with blush, bronzer or luminizer.

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Step 2

Learn the Tricks

For a round shape: Create the illusion of more angular features.

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1. PREP

Apply foundation to skin that has been cleansed, moisturized and primed.

2. HIGHLIGHT

Lengthen the face with highlights down the midline.

3. CONTOUR

Shade at the temples and jawline to chisel and create definition.

4. BLEND

Soften and brush the contour into the highlight, working toward the center of your face.

5. FINISH

Add warmth with blush, bronzer or luminizer.

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Step 2

Learn the Tricks

For a square shape: Round out the jaw and add dimension to the cheeks.

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1. PREP

Apply foundation to skin that has been cleansed, moisturized and primed.

2. HIGHLIGHT

Elongate the face with V-shaped under-eye highlights.

3. CONTOUR

Shade along the temples and jawline to soften angular features.

4. BLEND

Soften and brush the contour into the highlight, working toward the center of your face.

5. FINISH

Add warmth with blush, bronzer or luminizer.

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