If you've ever stared at a celeb's glam red carpet picture wondering, "Damn, how does she get her cheekbones to pop like that?" contouring makeup is likely the reason.
Since there's a fine line between mastering the art of contouring and having streaks of bronzer and highlighter on your face, Us Weekly asked celeb makeup artists to spill their secrets on how to get the look.
"Contouring is a great way to enhance the natural structure of your face and cheat a perfectly chiseled frame," celeb makeup artist Sonia Kashuk tells Us. "The biggest mistake happens when contouring is recognizable. It's about creating illusion with makeup and you shouldn’t see it."
Wary about perfecting the look? Pick up any of these foolproof products, plus tips on how to use them.
Sonia Kashuk Beauty Chic Defining Contour Stick
Like a giant Crayon, this blendable makeup stick is boosted with the antioxidant-rich African Walnut Seed Oil and moisturizing Pistachio Butter. "Start by finding the hollow underneath your cheek bone and placing the stick back towards the hairline. Then move it along the hollow until it glides off the face," Kashuk, founder of her eponymous beauty line, says. "Applying in this forward motion will ensure the stick drops off at the most natural point. You can also cheat a more defined jawline by applying underneath the jaw and graduating down the neck. Make sure to blend out all lines with a brush in a round circular motion, softening the edges and making sure you can’t see where the color ends or begins." ($10.99, Target)
Becca Cosmetics Lowlight Sculpting Perfector
"This product in particular uses a blend of taupe cools and warm undertones to mimic how true shadow would look on the face," says Kerry Cole, Becca Cosmetics style director.
To contour without a confusing face chart, Coles recommends drawing the brush, loaded with the product, in a number 3 pattern along the perimeter of the face in one continuous motion, hitting the hairline, hollow of the cheek and the jawline. ($38, Sephora.com)
NARS Contour Blush
The palette includes two shades to create dimension on any complexion. Apply the deeper shade to the hollows of the cheeks and along the hairline; then sweep the lighter shade across the cheekbone toward the temple to highlight. ($42, Narscosmetics.com)