Correct Your Face Shape using Shading and Highlighting Techniques

Disguising your face shape using shading and highlighting techniques is easy if you know your facial shape. You can magically conceal things you don't like but accentuate things you do like! Makes perfect sense, doesn't it?

You will need three basic foundation shades and a blusher to make corrections. Facial shapes to correct include long, heart, square, and round.



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If you have an oval shaped face, your face is considered to be perfectly shaped so you don't need to make any corrections! You are truly one lucky lady!

You can easily correct the shape of your face using accent foundation shades and blusher to conceal them. You are trying to create the illusion of having an oval shaped face when you use makeup to conceal your structural imperfections. Don't get too hung up on imperfections though. They are what truly makes us all unique individuals!

If you don't know your facial shape, use this handy facial shape guide!

What You’ll Need

  • Base Foundation Shade
  • Lighter Foundation Shade
  • Darker Foundation Shade
  • Blusher Shade of Your Choice

    Correct Your Face Shape Using Foundation and Blush




    Shading and highlighting techniques are used all the time by the makeup artist's for celebrities. If you want to hide something, shade it. If you want to accentuate something, highlight it! So simple!

    Long Shaped Face

    To reduce the length of a long face, use a darker shade foundation to shade around the top of the forehead and blend it into the hairline. Also use a darker shade along the jawline under the chin and under the cheekbones.

    Dot a lighter shade above the cheekbones to highlight them. Apply the base foundation blending well into the shaded and highlighted areas.

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    Reapply lighter and darker foundation shades as necessary. Brush blusher along the cheekbones but not too far down the face.


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    Square Shaped Face

    To soften a square face, use a darker shade foundation on both sides of the jaw line on the sides of the face. Also use a darker shade along the sides of the forehead to help reduce the top part of the face.

    Dot a lighter shade foundation above the cheekbones to highlight them. Apply your base foundation, blending well into the shaded and highlighted areas.


    Reapply the lighter and darker foundation shades as necessary. Brush blusher along the cheekbones only.

    Round Shaped Face

    To reduce the width of a round face, use a darker shade foundation underneath the cheekbones to give the face more angle. Blend up into the hairline.

    Dot a lighter shade above the cheekbones to highlight and on the tip of the chin to counteract the round shape. Apply your base foundation and blend well into the highlighted and shaded areas.

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    Reapply the lighter and darker foundation shades as necessary. Brush blusher along the cheekbones.


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    Heart Shaped Face



    To even up a heart shaped face, use a darker foundation shade on the sides of the forehead just above the eyebrows to help reduce the width of the face and on the tip of the chin to make it look less pointed.

    Dot a lighter shade just above the cheekbones to highlight them. Apply your base foundation, blending well into the highlighted and shaded areas.


    Reapply lighter and darker foundation shades as necessary. Brush blusher along the cheekbones, blending it up towards the temples of the face.

    Oval Face Shape



    You just can't get any better than oval! At least, that's what the experts tell us! When you correct other face shapes, oval is the shape that sets the framework for the rest of the facial shapes. You just can't improve perfect!

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    Use these techniques to transform your face shape by shading imperfections and highlighting features you like!






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