The key to red carpet-worthy makeup? Playing to your face shape. That's how the celebs do it, says beauty expert Christine Cho. Whether you're an oval like Lucy Liu, a square like Keira Knightley or round like Adele, here's how to get the most out of your makeup!
Celeb sister: Lucy Liu
The so-called "perfect" face, the oval is marked by its symmetrical shape.
- Even out skin tone with liquid foundation and set with loose powder for a mostly matte, natural finish.
- Brush bronzer or a multicoloured sculpting combo powder over areas where the sun naturally hits in a mirrored "3" shape (i.e. top of forehead to cheekbones to jaw). Trail over chin and the top of nose as well, if you like.
- Add a touch of highlighter to the upper cheekbones to finish the look.
Celeb sister: Keira Knightley
The square's beauty lies in its naturally defined jaw structure.
- Create a natural glow and semi-matte finish with a light foundation that still has decent coverage; lightly apply loose setting powder to T-zone.
- Use a matte sculpting powder that is slightly darker than your skin tone on the corners of the outer jaw to soften the jawline.
- Make sure there are no telltale streaks by blending and using a light hand. Remember, a little goes a long way!
- Contour beneath cheekbones with sculpting powder one to two shades darker than your natural skin tone.
- Finish with a touch of blush on the cheeks, lightly sweeping upward from apples to temples.
Celeb sister: Adele
The round face's bone structure is more hidden, so contouring is key.
- Start with luminous dewy skin.
- Clearly define cheeks with a darker sculpting powder; blend edges, but leave the rest of the application defined and angular to contrast with your soft features.
- Use your ring finger to press some cream pigment into the cheeks for a natural-looking flush.
- For an extra bit of glam, use a light eyeshadow with some sheen to highlight the upper cheekbones.
Above: Getty Images (Liu, Knightley and Adele).