Jennifer LopezSeriously, what does Jennifer Lopez do to get that 44-year-old face of hers always looking flawless? Well for starters, she takes REALLY good care of it!

But J.Lo's perfectly, glowy skin and sculpted cheeks bones go way beyond a committed skincare regimen and good genes. It's all in the highlighting and contouring chica!

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You don't have to be blessed with genes like Jennifer Lopez's to sport perfectly contoured cheekbones or even have her makeup artist for that matter. I'm telling you girl, I've tried a few face-sculpting tricks myself and they really do work. So whether you're trying to bring out (or fake) high cheek bones, slim your nose or just give yourself a nice, natural-looking glow, here are few contouring and highlighting tips every Latina NEEDS to know!

Find your shades: The trick to contouring is knowing where and how to use darker shades and when to bring out the lighter colors. I recommend opting for a foundation or bronzer that's two shades deeper than your natural skin tone. Also, look for a highlighter that's significantly lighter than your complexion. Or try Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit ($45). It's foolproof!

Sculpt your cheeks: Want high cheek bones? Just apply your dark contour shade using an angled makeup brush dragging the color from the center of your cheek and up to your ear while pouting your lips and making a "fish face." Try the Sephora Collection Pro Angled Contour Brush ($30).

Highlight: To make your cheekbones look sharper, swipe some highlighter across the tops of your cheeks. I'm obsessed with Benefit Cosmetics Girl Meets Pearl ($30).

Slim your nose: Ever notice how slim Kim Kardashian's nose looks sometimes? That's because her makeup artist contours the heck out of it. It's pretty simple, all you have to do is swipe your darker contour shade down the sides of the bridge of your nose. Then apply highlighter down the bridge of your nose in a straight line and blend everything in. I really like Tarte the sculptor contouring face slenderizer ($24). It's really easy to use.

Slim your face: Whenever I have a special occasion where I know I'm going to be photographed a lot, I blend a little bit of highlighter between by brows, on the bridge of my nose, in the center of my chin and even above my upper lip. It helps bring out my features and instantly slims my face. I also like added a little bit of blush and bronzer to the tip of my nose for a nice, natural pop of color. Try Urban Decay Naked Flushed in Strip ($30).

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Johanna is the beauty and fashion staff writer at MamásLatinas and obsessed with all things beauty and fashion. She is a proud Dominicana and was born and raised in Queens, NY.

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