By Erin Lukas
Updated May 29, 2018 @ 12:00 pm

The problem with contouring is that it's easy to overdo it. Yes, it can look just as dramatic as the makeup you see on Instagram, but there's also a more natural way to define your best features. To learn how to achieve an understated contour (and to avoid common contour disasters), we turned to celebrity makeup artist Ana Marie Rizzieri.

According to Rizzieri, one of the biggest mistakes people make when contouring is choosing the wrong color. To avoid this, she recommends a shade with an ashy undertone rather than a warm one. Another common error: Applying makeup on the hollows of your cheeks as a stripe. She says to use the tragus of your ear as an anchor, and move the brush downward in a swooping motion.

Hit play on the video above for Rizzieri's easy, step-by-step tutorial on how to achieve a subtle contour.