Makeup contouring is hotter than ever but getting it right can seem daunting if you’ve never tried it. Even the celebs who have personal stylists and makeup artists sometimes find themselves on snarky makeup contouring fail lists. There are plenty of ways for makeup contouring to go wrong. But when you see some of those dramatic contouring before and afters you can easily understand the potential benefits to trying it. So give it a shot! With our step-by-step guide and a little practice, soon you’ll be contouring your makeup like a pro.

Makeup Contouring in 6 Steps

Step 1: Conceal blemishes and spots. Start by covering up any dark spots, discolorations or blemishes with a concealer like bareMinerals Bareskin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer.

Step 2: Apply your foundation. We love bareMinerals BarePRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation. With 30 different shades to choose from, you’re sure to find one that matches your skin tone perfectly.

Step 3: Choose your contouring makeup. You’ll need some makeup that is a shade lighter than your foundation and another that’s a shade lighter. For beginners, a great contouring palette is the bareMinerals BarePRO Contour Face-Shaping Powder Trio. It is available for light or dark skin tones and includes a trio of colors labelled “shade,” “blend,” and “pop” to make contouring and blending simple.

Step 4: Start creating highlighted areas on your face. Any area on your face which is highlighted in a color that is lighter than your skin tone and foundation, will seem to “pop out” while darker areas recede. The areas that you will want to highlight usually include under your eyes and the inner corners of your eyes, the bridge of your nose, the spot between your eyebrows, the arch directly under your eyebrows, just above your cheekbones, the lip border right above your cupid’s bow, and the center of your chin. A fan brush works well to apply highlights.

Step 5: Shade areas you want to deemphasize. Areas that are shaded darker than the rest of your skin will seem to recede and look less prominent. Where you apply shade really depends on your face shape and the look that you are trying to achieve. To create more chiseled cheekbones, shade underneath the apples of your cheeks. You might apply shading along the jawline to create a slimmer face shape. You could apply shading to the sides of your nose to make it appear more sculpted. You could shade the sides of your forehead and temples if you want to make your face appear less round.

Step 6: Blend it! Once you have your highlighter and shading contour powders applied where you want them, blend everything together with the bareMinerals Supreme Finisher Brush.

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