How to Contour

We know—the dark stripes popping up on people’s faces are totally terrifying, but they don’t have to be. With a few simple steps (and lots of blending), you can subtly enhance your face shape. Hello, cheekbones.

What You Need

  1. Check Face mist
  2. Check Moisturizer
  3. Check Contour stick
  4. Check Highlighter stick
  5. Check Foundation
  6. Check Translucent powder
  7. Check Powder brush
  8. Check Blending brush

Follow These Steps

  1. Hydrate your skin by spritzing on a face mist, like Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence ($65, sephora.com). This one contains hyaluronic acid to plump the skin. Don’t have one? Skip ahead to step two.

  2. Smooth on your regular face moisturizer.

  3. Apply your base—concealer, tinted moisturizer, or liquid foundation (whatever you prefer). The makeup artist in the video is using a brush, but your fingers work just fine.

  4. Using a color one or two shades darker than your skintone, apply light strokes in these key places: along your temples, down the sides of your nose, and underneath your cheekbones. Sticks are easy to use (but creams and powders work too). NYX Cosmetics Wonder Stick ($13, amazon.com) has a contour color on one side and a highlighter on the other. Grab a fluffy brush and buff the lines until they are blended—the most important step when it comes to contouring.

  5. With your highlighter shade (it should be two shades lighter than your skintone), draw dashes across the center of your forehead, on the top of your cheekbones, down the center of your nose, on your Cupid’s bow, and above your jawline. Blend with a brush (or your fingers).

  6. Set the look with a light dusting of translucent powder. Concentrate on your t-zone where skin tends to be oilier.