Exactly How To Contour And Highlight Based On Your Face Shape

If you still haven't mastered the art of contouring, read on
Exactly How To Contour And Highlight Based On Your Face Shape
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Contouring and highlighting go together like chocolate syrup and vanilla ice cream. But because sculpting the angles of your face isn't quite as easy as making a sundae, allow me to break down when to use which technique:

Contouring is when you use a matte (read: not shimmery) powder, liquid, cream, or stick product that's a few shades darker than your skin tone to shade areas you'd like to define or reshape, like your nose, forehead, chin, and cheekbones.

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1.   Kat Von D Shade + Light Face Contour Refillable Palette   

2.  Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand

3.   Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit 

4.  Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick

Highlighting (or strobing) offsets contouring by accentuating areas of your face that naturally catch the light with concealer or highlighter. For a matte highlight, for example, use a concealer that's two shades lighter than your skin tone. If you love to be extra with your glow — aka you want something with more shimmer or glimmer — go with a powder, cream, or liquid highlighter of your choice.

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1. Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer
2. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter
3. Cover FX Glitter Drops
4. RMS Beauty Living Luminizer

Already feel lost in a sea of contour sticks? Lemme help ya. Ahead are a few handy charts to help you choose the best contouring plan for your face shape. But by no means must you stick to the below tips (makeup has no rules!), they're only here to serve as a guide *IF* you're looking to sculpt your face.

For Heart Face Shapes...

Where to contour:

- Along the sides of your forehead and temples to create balance between the upper and lower half of your face.

- The area directly below your cheekbones, starting from your ears to the middle of your cheeks.

- The very tip of your chin.

Where to highlight:

- Under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape to brighten them.

- In the middle of your forehead and on the center of your chin.

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For Round Face Shapes...

Where to contour:

- On the sides of your forehead and along your temples.

- The area below your cheekbones, starting from your ears to the middle of your cheeks, and then curving down to your jawline.

Where to highlight:

- In the middle of your forehead and on the center of your chin.

- Under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape to brighten them.

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For Square Face Shapes...

Where to contour:

-On the sides of your forehead.

-The area directly below your cheekbones, starting from your ears to the middle of your cheeks.

-Under your jawbone.

Where to highlight:

- In the middle of your forehead and on the center of your chin.

- Under your eyes and along your brow bone to brighten your eye area.

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For Rectangle Face Shapes... 

Where to contour:

- Along your hairline and on the sides of your forehead.

- The area directly below your cheekbones, starting from your ears to the middle of your cheeks.

- Underneath your jawbone.

Where to highlight:

- In the middle of your chin.

- Under your eyes and along your brow bone to brighten the area.

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For Oval Face Shapes...

Where to contour:

- On the sides of your forehead.

- The area directly below your cheekbones, starting from your ears to the middle of your cheeks.

Where to highlight:

-In the middle of your forehead and on the center of your chin.

- Under your eyes and along your brow bone to brighten the area.

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For Oblong Face Shapes...

Where to contour:

- Along your hairline and underneath your chin.

- The area directly below your cheekbones, starting from your ears to the middle of your cheeks.

Where to highlight:

- Under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape to brighten the area.

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For Diamond Face Shapes...

Where to contour:

- The area directly below your cheekbones, starting from your ears to the middle of your cheeks.

Where to highlight:

- Under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape and along your brow bone to brighten them.

- In the middle of your forehead and on the center of your chin.

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H/T Cosmo US