LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Hollywood celebrities know how to look picture perfect on the red carpet.

And Emmy Award-winning make-up artist Ann Marie Oliver is now sharing one of the industry’s biggest tricks: contouring.

Oliver spoke to CBS2’s Suzanne Marques while demonstrating the technique on Leah DiPaolo and Renee Missakian – both busy women with little time for piling on make-up.

Oliver, however, says with a little bit of bronzer dusted in the right places, the women can accentuate what they love about their faces for a quick everyday look that can also be amplified for a glamorous night out.

“You are always safer going two shades darker than your foundation or skin color. The key is blending. It looks natural – everything looks natural,” Oliver said. “It’s easy to do.”

Her rule of thumb: darker colors recede, lighter colors accentuate.

She also recommends to start with a small amount of product, and remember to keep blending.

“Blend it up, blend it out, blend it in, blend it well,” Oliver said.

Before and after photos of DiPaolo and Missakian show how contouring and highlighting can accentuate features and appear to reshape the face.

The three most important places to contour, she says, are the cheeks, nose and jawline.

“Everybody wants to look five to ten pounds thinner yesterday,” Oliver said, noting that a bit of shimmer or a light foundation down the bridge of the nose can help it to look smaller if desired.

“What we have done here is softened her up with very little product. You can go anywhere with this,” Oliver said.

Leah DiPaolo, a busy P.A. on The Talk, was wowed by the results.

“Oh my gosh – I look like a movie star!” she said.

The contouring products Oliver used on her models include bronzers from Lancome and Givenchy, as well as MAC’s Sculpting Contour Powder, NARS Cream Contour and Too Faced Bronzing Powder.


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