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Contouring is a makeup technique that uses cosmetics to define, enhance and sculpt the structure of the face.

Contouring is achieved by placing a warm or cool toned color that is one or two shades darker than the skin color in areas such as in the hollows of the cheeks, on the side of the nose, and on the temples to give a shadow and a slimming effect.

It can be complemented with a highlighter that is one or two shades lighter than the skin color on areas of the face that are more prominent such as on the apples of the cheeks and the tip of the nose or the t-zone (forehead, nose, and chin). This technique is also referred to as strobing or highlighting.