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3 Things The Internet Gets Wrong About Contouring

clown-contour.jpgIt can take a solid ten minutes to get through a contouring tutorial on YouTube—and that’s with time-lapse. “To be honest, it’s quite extreme,” says makeup artist Diane Kendal. In real life, “contouring can be great, but less is more.” Here's three things you should always do when contouring, even though the Internet may tell you not to.

Stick with powders. "Video tutorials almost all use creams that show up well on camera, but if you’re a contouring novice, matte powders are much easier to blend," says makeup artist Troy Surratt. "Pick a powder that’s two shades darker than your natural complexion; a bronzer or a taupe blush works, too," says makeup artist Jillian Dempsey, who works with Kristen Stewart and Anne Hathaway.

Don’t draw dark stripes. Actually, don’t draw any stripes. "Suck in your cheeks and use circular motions to buff taupe into the hollows below your cheekbones," says makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury, who contours Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss. "Use a fluffy fan brush or an oversize bronzer brush for the softest shading," she says.

Go easy with highlighter. It’s your face, not a geometry project. You don’t need blocks of highlighter on your cheeks or forehead to create a flattering glow. "Dust a champagne powder on the tops of the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, and on the Cupid’s bow," says Tilbury. See more at: Mother of the groom dresses uk

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