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How To Contour: Dark Skin Tones
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.
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).