Step 1: Pick a Brush or Spongeor Both
Before all of your lines are in place, you need the tools to apply them (and later, blend them together).
If youre a beginner, opt for a ready-made kit of brushesour set combines fluffy face ones with eye shadow brushes, which can be used to dust highlighter down the bridge of your nose and in the corners of your eyes.
For super precise contours, pick up Pur Minerals Chisel Makeup Brushits blunt edges will allow you to sculpt your cheekbones and jawline exactly as you likeand a foundation brush to create graphic lines.
If youre working with creamy formulas, which are sheer and easy to blend, use a beautyblender for an airbrushed-looking application.
Step 2: Pick a Bronzer
Choosing a bronzer one to two shades darker than your natural skin tone is key to creating angular cheekbones and a defined jawline.
For a more natural-looking contour, use a sheer, buildable formula like Cargos Big Bronzer.
For a more dramatic, sculpted look, use Benefits Hoola (a favorite of contouring pro Ariana Grande).
##Step 3: Pick a Highlighter
Highlighter will compliment your bronzed cheeks, forehead, and nose, in order to draw attention to the features you want to stand out.
For glowy skin, opt for a creamy highlighter like Cynthia Rowley Beautys Brightening Illuminator or W3LL PEOPLEs Bio Brightening Stick which will melt into your skin to create a luminous effect.
For less shine and more shimmer, use a powder highlighter like theBalm cosmetics Cindy Lou-Manizer which uses tiny particles to catch the light.
Step 4: Pick a Blush
When contouring, your blush will sit above the bronzer on the hollows of your cheeks, and below the highlighter on your cheekbonesright on the apples.
If you tend to have dry cheeks, use a creamy formula with hydrating ingredients like Jouers Luminizing Cheek Tint.
Have enough moisture, thank you very much? Use a powder formula that wont budge, even on oily skin, like Cargo Swimmables Water Resistant Blush.
Maura M. Lynch
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