By Jennifer Ferrise
Updated Apr 29, 2015 @ 9:00 am
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Want to know how Reese Witherspoon works her angles? The star's longtime makeup artist, Molly R. Stern, has a simple trick that makes a big difference.

"To add depth to her face, I use an eyeshadow as a cheek contour," says Stern, who created Witherspoon's natural, yet defined look for our May issue. "At the shoot, I brushed Lancôme's Color Design Eye Shadow in Cinnamon Sucre ($20; lancome-usa.com) on Reese's lids and lash line first, and then I dipped my blush brush back in the powder and worked it into the hollows of her cheeks. It gives your face a nice color tonality if you use the same shade on the eye and cheekbone." The bronzey taupe color is the ultimate twofer!

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For more on Witherspoon, pick up the May InStyle, now available on newsstands and for digital download.