The Do's and Don'ts of Contouring Your Face

Posted Saturday May 3, 2014 9:58 AM GMT

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you know that contouring is everything right now. From the eyes and nose to the holy grail of all face-shaping, the cheekbones, slimming and refining facial features has become as routine as applying mascara.

Despite its popularity, many of us are guilty of getting it wrong. Whether it's too dark, too shiny or simply set in the wrong place, we've rounded up a few points to ensure you nix any bad habits and finally achieve that flawless complexion you crave. Read on for our no-fail tips.

- Always set your foundation prior to applying bronzer. This will help cut down on streaks and make the contour appear more natural.
- Suck those cheeks in! This will guide your brush to the hallows of your structure, helping to sculpt and add depth to your shape.
- Buff it out. No, really, blend 'til you can't blend it anymore. Just think, you go to all lengths to rid lines from your face — now why would you want to create a new one? Exactly.

- Use powders without shimmer. Glittery formulas will create the opposite effect of a contour, and no one has time for a counterproductive beauty routine!
- Steer clear of pigments more than three shades darker than your skintone/foundation color. Not only will it look completely unnatural, but dirty, too — a la "Jersey Shore" Snooki. Yikes.

Now that you know the do's and don'ts, click here to watch a step-by-step tutorial.

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