How to contour like a beauty blogger

By: The Beauty Experts at L'Oréal Paris

If you're still scratching your head at the term "contouring," here's the scoop: It's a trick that celebrity makeup artists have been using for, like, ever, which involves using two different hues of concealer to define or create your ideal bone structure. With a combination of spot concealing and superior blending, proper contouring can help highlight your best features and recess your worst ones. In other words, the technique helps make your nose appear smaller or straighter, your cheekbones look higher and more defined, and it can even aid in accentuating or softening your jawline.

We spent a good amount of time searching for the beauty bloggers who do it best and tapped the uber-talented Maryam Maquillage to share her secrets.

A few words of caution: Even though these easy-to-follow steps will help, the perfect contour (like anything else) requires practice. So, no, we don't recommend trying this technique before a first date!

Step 1: Apply Foundation
Start with an even canvas. A base layer of foundation in a shade that perfectly matches your skin tone will do the trick.

Step 2:Identify Your Highlight and Contour Shades
Your highlight color should be two shades lighter than your natural skin color. Your contouring color should be two shades darker than your skin tone. Do a swatch test on your forearm to determine your go-to hues.​ (Psst ... Maryam used True Match Concealer in Fair/Light Warm W1-2-3 to highlight and True Match Concealer in Medium/Deep Cool C6-7-8 to contour.)

Step 3: Apply Your Highlight Shade
Hit these key spots: under your eyes, down the bridge of your nose, between your brows and on the center of your chin.

Step 4: Blend
Spritz a makeup sponge with water. Then use the damp sponge to blend and soften your highlight color.

Step 5: Apply Your Contour Hue
The darker formula is used to accentuate or create recesses. Identify key contour spots: along your hairline, under cheekbones and along the sides of your nose. Apply straight from the tube using the included wand.

Step 6: Blend ... Again
Again, using your damp makeup sponge, blend your contour lines. The finished look should be subtle, invisible -- well, to the untrained eye, anyway.

Step 7: Set Your Look
If your skin is on the dry side, you can skip this step. But if you tend to get oily, finish your look by setting your shading with translucent powder.

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