How to Contour Your Cheeks Without Looking '90s: A Trick I Learned Backstage at the Rebecca Taylor Show

It’s fall 2012 fashion week in New York and thanks to my friends in the biz, I’m lucky enough to be invited backstage to see beauty trends in the making. Today I caught up with makeup artist Sil Bruinsma for MAC at the Rebecca Taylor (love her designs) show. He shared a couple of tricks that’ll make contouring your cheeks in a natural (not a dramatic, circa 1990s) way super easy.

He says the key is to “use a taupey brown shade,” as opposed to a warmer, bronzy shade or else it’ll look too much like blush and not like a true shadow, which is what you’re going for. He also suggests applying it right at the hairline just below the start of your cheekbones, which you can easily feel with your hand. Dab on the cream color (Bruinsma prefers cream for a more natural, easy-to-control finish) and blend it only about a half inch to an inch from your hairline. Extending it any further down your cheekbones will give you that more dated look.

Not sure about you, but I’m all for contouring cheeks (in a subtle way) to help make it look as though I was born with a perfect bone structure.

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