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Put your best face forward with these makeup tips

Updated: 2013-04-03T18:11:41Z


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Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria and Jenna Jameson deserve some credit for the facial contouring craze, says Adrienne Bernal, stylist and cosmetologist at Belle Epoque Salon. Using makeup to highlight and contour the face is a Hollywood trend that highlights the good and hides the bad, she says.

Show off your best features with these at-home highlighting and contouring tips from Bernal:

1. Even out

Apply a foundation that matches the skin all over the face and blend evenly to create a beautiful, blank palate.

2. Highlight

Use a lighter shade of foundation (one or two shades lighter than your natural skin tone) to highlight areas of the face that stand out, such as the middle of the forehead, middle of the nose, along the brow bone and the tops of cheekbones. Highlight where the sun would naturally hit the face. Bernal highlights to the hairline for a natural effect.

3. Blend

Take a foundation brush and blend in the lighter foundation with circular motions. This helps to alleviate harsh lines often caused by contouring mistakes.

4. Contour

Choose a matte foundation (shimmer foundation will highlight instead of contour), powder or bronzer in a darker shade. Apply in a circular motion under the cheekbones, directly under the chin, along the sides of the nose (unless you already have a small nose) and along the temples to create the ideal face shape for you.

5. Set

Create a finished look by setting the face with a dusting of matte, translucent powder. Skip this step if you used powder for highlighting and contouring instead of foundation.

6. Glow

Dab highlighting powder in a rose or gold hue over areas such as the tops of cheekbones and the bridge of the nose for a shimmering finish. Bernal applies eye and lip makeup to finish.

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