How To Contour: Dark Skin Tones by Emma Adalian - Musely
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How To Contour: Dark Skin Tones

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  • Face Shape: Square

    Is Your Face a Square? The most prominent feature of a square face shape is the angular jawline. The sides of the face are straight, and the width of the face is almost equal to the length.

    The Strategy: On a square face shape, the goal is to round out the sharp-angled features to create softer edges and lines. Sweep the contour shade onto cheeks in a rounded, banana motion to counteract the boxy face shape.

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  • Concealers, like MAC Studio Finish Concealer ($19), are the best way to contour on darker skin tones. When applying your product, start out with a precise brush to mark your territory like MAC Large Shader Brush #252 ($32). Then, blend it all out with a fluffy brush or a wet sponge, so you have a nice blurred effect. "The diffused edges look good in person and in photography," said Bettelli, meaning you won't have strangers wondering if you have dirt on your face.

  • Bettelli used MAC Studio Conceal and Correct Duo ($25) to highlight the face with two different shades. "Orange brightens. So the same way you would use vanilla on a lighter skin tone, use oranges and caramels on darker skin," she said. Also highlight the cheekbones with a reflective powder like MAC Mineralize Skinfinish ($32).

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