Using foundation to contour your face can be the difference between looking average and looking great. Adding shades and highlights to your face can sculpt and reshape it; you can make your face appear slimmer, your nose smaller and you can even hide a double chin. Shade hides unflattering features, while highlights bring out the parts of your face you want to emphasize. Instead of resorting to plastic surgery, contour your face; it's safer, quicker and saves you lots of money.
Wash and moisturize your face. Use a mild facial cleanser made for your skin type to wash your face. Pat your face dry with a towel and apply a facial moisturizer for your skin type.
Apply foundation to your entire face. Use a foundation in a similar shade as your skin tone. Dot foundation on your cheeks, chin, nose and forehead. Distribute the foundation over your face with a foundation brush or sponge.
Bring out your cheekbones. Suck in your cheeks. Apply a foundation that's one shade darker than your skin tone from the hollows of your cheeks up toward your ears. Brush a foundation that's one shade lighter than your skin tone on the apples of your cheeks.
Accentuate your jaw line and hide a double chin, if desired. Apply foundation that's one shade darker than your skin tone to your foundation brush or sponge. Run the brush along the bottom of your jaw line from your ears to the tip of your chin. Apply a lighter foundation right above the darker foundation from your ears to your chin.
Camouflage a prominent forehead. Apply foundation along your hair line. Work from the tip of your left ear all the way to the tip of your right ear. Use a foundation that's one shade darker than your skin tone.
Contour your nose. If you have a wide nose, apply foundation that's a tint darker than your skin to the sides of your nose. Draw a line from the inner corners of your eyebrows down over your nostrils. Add a vertical line of foundation in a tint lighter than you skin over the bridge of your nose down to the tip. Reverse the shades if you have a thin nose; use the lighter shade on the nostrils and the darker shade on the bridge of your nose.
Dust loose, translucent powder over your entire face to set your foundation and keep it in place.
Kimberly Caines is a well traveled model, writer and licensed physical fitness trainer who was first published in 1997. Her work has appeared in the Dutch newspaper "De Overschiese Krant" and on various websites. Caines holds a degree in journalism from Mercurius College in Holland and is writing her first novel.