Question: I really want to get into the whole contouring thing, however I have a squared shaped face and am unsure what parts I need to shadow and what parts I need to highlight. Help! - Hannah, London.
Answer: I am always asked questions about contouring, whether from readers or family and friends. Contouring isn't too tricky, however the biggest mistake people make is failing to focus on their face shape - so you're right to try and figure out what works best for your features.
When it comes to contouring a square face, your end goal should be to round the parameter of the face and soften the more angular features. You can use a powder or cream contour to perfect this look, however - whatever you use - be sure to stay away from shimmer! I've been using the new Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio (£35.00 Boots / $45.00 Sephora), as they make contouring quick and easy. The creamy pencil sticks (made up of Highlight, Bronze and Contour) allow for perfect precision and they each blend beautifully.
As for the actual contouring, first apply your contour in two lines down the side of your nose. Then suck in your cheeks and apply the contour into the hollows of your cheeks (see above). Finally, apply the contour to the corners of your forehead and along the sides of you jawline. All that's left to do is blend blend blend! Good luck!