Take Your Makeup From Pretty To Polished

Achieving a “finished” look requires an eye for detail. We love Rosario Dawson's everyday natural look, but she stopped us in our tracks during the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation Party earlier this month, with her side-swept hair, perfect brows, flawless skin and raspberry lips.

Pulling off such a polished look requires the right amount of highlighting and contouring with your makeup. A square face like Dawson's benefits from highlighting down the center of the face, particularly on the nose and apples of the cheeks. Contouring with a darker shade along the hairline on the forehead, below the cheekbone and along the jawline creates perfect symmetry and plays up her pretty eyes and lips while narrowing her nose.

Her slightly tousled hair and light eye makeup are the ideal complements to her dramatic lip color. When going for a bold lip, steer away from the trendy smoky eye, and stick to light eye shadow like Bobbi Brown's Pink Silk from the Rich Color Eye Shadow line. Follow with a good dose of lash-building mascara. Finish with a red lip color that has blue undertones (which make your teeth look whiter) and a natural but glossy finish, like Buxom's Lip Tarnish in Busted.

To read more about contouring and highlighting makeup, pick up the new issue of NewBeauty magazine on newsstands now.