Facial contouring is one of makeup’s most popular trends these days, not only because it gives your face more definition, but also because it’s tried and true with celebrities.

You don’t have to have a personal makeup artist on hand at a moment’s notice to get this look yourself. Local artist Chelsea Vuksinick has lent us a how-to for contouring at home.


Cream concealer or cream foundation in a shade both lighter and darker than your natural skin tone. (Chelsea uses MAC’s Studio Conceal and Correct Palette. It conveniently offers all the shades she needs in one palette.)

Concealer brush


Translucent or matte powder


Highlight powder


1. Begin with either cream concealer or cream foundations in shades lighter and darker than your skin.  

2. Apply the lighter cream into the t-zone area (forehead, bridge of nose and middle of chin.) This will highlight certain parts of your face and give the illusion of being thinner.

3. Apply the darker cream right under or on the cheekbones, and a bit around the outer forehead. This gives the illusion of a natural tan. You can also put some darker cream on the outer regions of the nose to make that appear smaller, too.

4. Blending cream can be tricky. Using a concealer brush, slowly brush away from the face at sharp angles to keep the colors separated.

5. At this point, you can add a bit of your everyday matched foundation and blend in circular motions to perfect the look and make it more dewy.

6. Set the look with either a translucent or matte powder so it lasts all day.

7. To keep that bronze contour, add bronzer over the areas where you placed the darker creams.

8. Add a highlight powder on top of the cheekbones to create a glow.

9. Contour is complete!  

For more makeup trends and tips, visit Chelsea’s website, utahmakeupartist.com.