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Done right, contouring can help carve cheekbones and accentuate your jawline. But for the paler set, contouring remains a somewhat scary concept. After all, no one wants to overdo it, and for pale girls, the chances of that happening are significantly higher. Follow these four contouring tips every pale girl should know, and you’ll have it perfected in no time!
Pick the Right Color
A little bit of contouring can go a long way. It doesn’t take a ton of product to make the face look svelte and sculpted. Fair-skinned gals, resist temptation to use products and shades that might look good on your tanner friends. Often times, popular contouring kits can be too dark and obvious against paler skin. Instead, use a powder that is simply three or four shades darker than your natural skin tone.

Apply it Correctly
Fair girls can go wrong in two main areas when it comes to contouring: applying it too heavily and choosing the wrong shade. To avoid any harsh lines, use a medium fluffy or kabuki brush to apply a powder contour to the hollows of your cheeks, temples, and along your jawline. Be sure to blend, blend, blend the contours into your skin. There’s nothing worse than seeing harsh, unnatural streaks on the face. The contouring shouldn’t be noticeable, but rather an illusion.
Fix Your Blunders
Mistakes do happen. If you suddenly find yourself looking like a bad version of a “before blending” contour tutorial, don’t panic—just blend. Take a large, fluffy powder brush and some translucent powder and then buff out the harsh lines in small, circular motions.

Warm Up
One last tip: When it comes to choosing a specific contouring shade, stick to those with golden and warm undertones instead of cooler, ashy colors. The warmer shades will instantly add a healthy radiance to your face, while cooler colors can look too dull or sunken on pale skin.
Last But Not Least
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