Makeup for face shapes

For round faces, a makeup artist should focus on defining the cheekbones and jawline. This will help to elongate the face and give it more definition. The eyes should be accentuated with a cat-eye or winged eyeliner, as well as a bold mascara. For lips, a bold color would look good on round faces. A lip liner that matches the outer edges of your lips is also recommended.

For square faces, a foundation with yellow undertones is best for this shape. A wide-set eyeshadow brush can be used to apply shadow in the crease and outer corners of your eyes. An eyeliner with a slight upward angle looks good on this face shape because it creates depth around the eyes without making them look too heavy. This will help to create an illusion of longer lashes and make them pop!

For oval faces, foundation should be applied sparingly so as not to emphasize any areas that already appear large or wide (like cheeks). To define cheekbones, use blush along with bronzer applied lightly toward the temples and hairline so that it mimics natural shadows caused by light coming from an overhead source (such as from natural lighting). For eyeshadow, keep colors within one family; if you

Makeup for face shapes

Makeup is a very experimental and fluid concept. You should have fun with it, feel comfortable in it, and not feel like you need to follow any rules. But with that are expert tricks that actually help you look even better. Think the best bronzer for your skin tone or how to apply eyeliner like a professional and what we’re about to teach you today: applying makeup for your face shape.

It’s true: Strategically placing blush, bronzer, and highlight on certain areas of your face will showcase your best features. Do you have an oblong face? Blush and highlighter can make it look rounder. Looking to add more definition to a round face? Bronzer will take care of that. To learn how to optimally place these three products on oval, square, oblong, round, and heart-shaped faces, we spoke to several Sephora Pro makeup artists for their expertise. Keep scrolling to learn more!

Oval Face Shape

“An oval-shaped face is the most balanced,” says Hector Espinal. So in this case, makeup application is quite standard.

What To Do:

-Using a tapered brush—like the Sephora Collection PRO brush #59—apply your favorite matte- or satin-finish bronzer beginning at the temples, working your way down to the center of the face.
-Using the same brush, apply a light touch of blush to the temples down to the apples of the cheeks for an airbrushed finish.
-To highlight, use a fan brush and apply to the high points of the face: temples, brow bone, bridge of the nose, Cupid’s bow, and chin.

Oblong Face Shape

“Long-shaped faces have about twice as much height as they do width. To create more balance for long shaped faces, products should be placed to de-emphasize the height and enhance the width of the bone structure,” says Chris Sams.

What To Do:

-Blush should be applied on the apple of the cheeks, blending back and out to add width.
-Bronzer should be applied around the hairline at the top of the forehead, along the bottom of the cheekbones blended up toward the temple, under the chin blended up and back along the jawline, and across the bridge of the nose.
-Highlight the tops of the cheekbones, blending back toward the temples, on the brow bone, the tip of the nose, and Cupid’s bow. Avoid highlighting the forehead and chin, which will add height.

Heart Face Shape

“A heart-shaped face is easy to balance by applying bronzer on the forehead, which makes you look sun-kissed,” says Sephora Pro Hellen Phillips. “Most people with this face shape have prominent cheekbones, which is a lovely feature.” 

What To Do:

-Highlight on the bridge of the nose, high points of the cheeks, underneath the brow bone, onto the jawline, Cupid’s bow, and on the chin.
-Apply bronzer or contour to the top of the forehead blending down toward the temples and underneath the cheekbones.
-Apply blush one to two fingers away from the nose, sweep across the top of the apples of the cheeks toward the ear, and blend down to prevent it from appearing striped. This type of application will play up the high cheekbones. 

Round Face Shape

“A round-shaped face keeps you looking youthful—but you can also add a bit of edge,” Phillips says.

What To Do:

-Highlight on the bridge of the nose, center of the forehead, high points of the cheeks, underneath the brow bone, Cupid’s bow, and on the chin.
-Bronze or contour the entire outer parameter of the face and under the cheekbones.
-Apply blush one to two fingers away from the nose, sweep it across the top of the apples of the cheeks toward the ear, and blend down to prevent it from appearing striped. This type of application will help to break up the roundness.

Square Face Shape

“With a square-shaped face, you’ll want to apply contour to soften the look,” says Julie Taing.

What To Do:

-First, apply contour on the temples and jaw area. When applying contour to the jawline, use a fluffy brush and brush upward for a natural look.
-Then, apply blush to the cheeks and bronzer in the hollows of the cheeks.
-Finish by applying highlighter in a “C” shape around the high points of the cheeks and temples.

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