How To Contour: Medium Skin Tone by Emma Adalian - Musely
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How To Contour: Medium Skin Tone

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  • Face Shape: Oval

    Is Your Face an Oval? An oval face shape is similar to an egg flipped upside down. The forehead is just slightly wider than the chin, and the face is also longer than it is wide.

    The Strategy: When it comes to oval faces, you've got the easiest contouring route. "You can pick and choose the things you want to highlight and contour because there is a softness to the face," said Bettelli. "You can add in angles to accentuate the features."

  • Focus the contour on the forehead and the chin to draw the eye to the center of the face and condense the length. Make sure to work the darker color all the way into the hairline, otherwise your faux bronze could look a little too obvious.

    Bettelli used MAC Paint Pot in Quite Natural ($21) on the model's medium skin tone instead of a dark concealer. "Concealer is often too orange especially on light to medium skin tones," she said. "So use cream eye shadow for contouring. Creams are so much more forgiving to move and shift."

  • To make your nose appear slimmer, apply a reflective highlight along the bridge and a subtle contour along the sides of the nose. "Be sure to start your brush at the top of the nasal bone and stop the eye shadow before the tip to avoid a shiny bulbous nose," Bettelli explained.

  • Bettelli used the MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost ($26) to highlight because it has brightening yellow undertones. Under the eyes, create a triangle shape to level out the depth of the cheekbones.

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