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Beauty Guru: Make-up Tips to Contour Your Face for Fall

Geoffrey Rodriguez

The beauty trends that have emerged from this fall’s collections are extremely easy to achieve and very flattering. As you may already know from our previous Beauty Guru post, sculpted and defined eyebrows have been a very important statement for several seasons and are perfectly in tune with the major beauty statements for fall. The big message this season is a return to facial contouring—which has all but disappeared from beauty trends in more recent years—but when done correctly is instantly slimming. Paired with lips that are either extremely pale or on the opposite side of the color spectrum (shades of the deepest reds, berries, plum and burgundy in textures ranging from sheer stains to deep satiny opaque) today’s updated contoured face looks extremely fresh and modern. There’s a look this season for everyone—with the following product suggestions and tips you can’t go wrong.

To start, keep the complexion very bare with minimal amounts of foundation and or concealer for evenness. Laura Mercier‘s Secret Camouflage or Undercover concealers finished with Secret Brightening Powder is a great starter. In combination with Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer or Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer and finished with light application of Mineral Finishing Powder you will achieve the perfect soft and subtle complexion that’s essential for the season. (Note: A sheer and slightly dewy complexion—even if you aren’t wearing any foundation—will look less obvious when experimenting with facial contouring.)

A sculpted cheekbone is key, so blush is extremely important. For the best and most natural cream blush, Giorgio Armani‘s Blending Blush Duos offers the perfect combination of complementary shades—one to sculpt and one to highlight in a texture that’s extremely light and easy to blend. A little dab of the darker shade applied just under the cheekbones and blended toward the hairline with a large nylon bristled brush, sponge or even fingertips will automatically give cheekbones a more defined or sculpted appearance. Highlight the apples of your cheeks and slightly on top of the cheekbone with the lighter shade and the look instantly becomes softer and more radiant. If you’re perhaps more comfortable using a powder then there’s no need to look any further than Make-Up For Ever‘s Sculpting Kit. The ultra-light blendable micronized powder also comes in two complementary shades, which enables you to beautifully sculpt your face with ease.

For eyes, a soft neutral palette of colors definitely looks best and will be much more versatile when paired with your perfect shade of this season’s nude or berry lip colors. Multi-shade palettes are the best way to go simply for their versatility, ease and convenience. For a modern and sophisticated contoured eye, Bobbi Brown‘s limited edition Nude Eye Palette contains the perfect selection of six beautiful neutral shades that anyone can wear. At Christian Dior, the limited edition Jazzclub Couture Eye Palette offers a beautiful combination of four shades of eye-shadow, one brow shade and a cream to powder eyeliner that offers the perfect combination for creating sultry contoured eyes that’s wearable for everyone. If customizing is more your style then don’t hesitate to visit any MAC counter to custom create your own seasonal palette and for one of the best selections of eye-shadow shades, textures and finishes.

Lips should either be very bare with minimal color or in deep shades of plum, berry or wine—both color categories are classic and essential for any beauty wardrobe. For the best bare/nude lips Francois Nars‘ Sabrina lip balm is the perfect soft melon shade that anyone can wear. For a little more coverage in a sheer finish try Nars‘ Belle de Jour or Napoli or Giorgio Armani’s Lip Wax, which has an amazing moist texture in nude beige.

Lastly, opting for darker shades is an important move this season. For the perfect sheer stain try Stila‘s “cherry crush” lip and cheek stain. For slightly more coverage that has a sheer finish, Giorgio Armani’s lip wax in deep Chianti, raspberry or cardinal red make for great choices. For more intensity and opaque color with an incredible rich and creamy texture, Chanel‘s Rouge Hydrabase in “russet moon” or “vamp,” or the highly moisturizing texture and satiny finish of Rouge Interdit from Givenchy in “flirting brown,” “black plum” or “illicit raspberry” will not disappoint.

—Geoffrey Rodriguez