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Whether you’re looking for sculpted over dewy, subtlety or drama, our friends at have the “what’s what” about the contour-strobing debate!  Contour works best on mixed to oily skin – or for those who want banging cheekbones.  Strobing works for those who want a fresher, more subtle glow – less product, less fuss.

Contouring combines a mix of darker skin tone shades to chisel your features and lighter shades for highlighting – it’s all about making those cheekbones pop!  Do not make the mistake of using bronzer – it has too much shimmer.  The objective is to create an envious illusion of peaks and valleys on the face. For this reason, a contour matte must be used in a color slightly darker than your natural skin tone.

Top application hack: use a small fluffy eye shadow brush for a really precise contour. Use a darker shade of contour matte along the side of the temples, under cheekbones and jawline. Dab a foundation brush or a damp egg sponge over the contour masterpiece to make sure there are no obvious lines. Less is really more!

Strobing is contouring’s simpler and less dramatic sister.  For a soft, radiant glow, this look uses only light to enhance the face.  Skip the bronzers and dark powders and substitute normal primer for a glow primer, or mix a bit of luminizer with foundation.  Avoid using anything matte in this routine, as it will dull the results. Next, use a highlighter to enhance where the light would naturally hit the face (typically cheekbones, the bridge of the nose, and across the temples). Do not apply highlighter to the forehead, as it will look oily. For light skin, choose a champagne highlighter, and for medium-to-dark use more golden hues.

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