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Contouring and highlighting are techniques commonly utilized by professional makeup artists for shaping, shading, and visibly defining the high points and shadows of the face. Whether you’re a contour queen or a busy mum, we’ve got options to help you create a gorgeous contour in a snap!

 

Which contour product is right for me?

Contouring and highlighting helps the best parts of your face take center stage- not the makeup itself, meaning precise tools for application are key to avoid a look that’s clownish and over the top.

For contouring, choose a smaller, precise powder brush. Sigma’s F04 Extreme Structure Contour Brush is a great choice, with a firm to dense head that deposits the product precisely. Youngblood’s Contour Brush is a great choice for beginners as it has an angled head, which follows the natural contours of the face.

Sigma’s F03 High Cheekbone Highlighter and theBalm’s Blend a Hand Brush are top choices for a light, effortless highlighter brush.

 

What contour products work best for my skin tone & type?

There are tons of contour palettes on the market, but which contour will work best for you? Contour can appear unnatural if it’s too dark, so choose a palette suited for your skin tone and type.

  • For lighter complexions, Designer Brands Contour Kit in Light Medium provides three shades that will flatter everyone from alabaster to lightly golden, providing shades with neutral to cool undertones to avoid a bold, unnatural finish.

  • For deeper complexions, finding contour shades deep enough to accentuate your features can be difficult. Luckily, Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette offers a wide range of shades that will suit deeper tones.

  • Dry skin may benefit more from a cream contour kit, like PUR Cosmetics Cameo Contour Stick, as they’re more likely to appear natural and blended than a powder on top of a dryer skin.

  • Oily skin will work best with a powder kit, as it will help alleviate shine throughout the day and won’t slide off like a cream formula is likely to do. Nude By Nature’s Contour Palette is a great powder option.

What’s the best way to apply contour?

Contour and highlight are best applied after you’ve applied foundation. Once your base is perfected, take a look at your face’s natural contours. Anywhere shadows fall naturally is where your contour should be applied. This generally means the underside of the cheekbone, the outer eye area, the jawline, and areas close to the hair line. With contour, less is more- start by gently dipping your brush in your product and lightly sweeping the brush along these areas, gently building up your look without creating hard lines.

Highlight is a less precise application process, as it’s meant to diffuse light along the high points of the face, like the forehead, upper cheekbone, the bridge of the nose, and the chin. Just like with contour, less is more- start by blending lightly upward along these areas and build up to your desired beam from there. 

 

Following the steps above will have you contouring like a pro! Check out the options below to create an amazing, everyday contour that will help you bring this insider trick to your everyday look.

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Recent reviews on Contouring Makeup & Palettes products

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Quickie Contour StickBenefit Cosmetics Hoola Quickie Contour Stick
Benefit Cosmetics
Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Quickie Contour Stick
$49.00

Love it

Love this stick it blends so smoothly and has a creamy texture! Just wish it was pointed for more precision
Kryolan HD Micro Foundation Cache Palette - ContouringKryolan HD Micro Foundation Cache Palette - Contouring
Kryolan Professional Makeup
Kryolan HD Micro Foundation Cache Palette - Contouring
$76.00

excellent

this foundation was recommended to me by another actor for my headshots bc of how good it looks on camera and i literally couldn't believe it. my skin was glowing but it didn't look like i was wearing anything at all. i will never go without it! Even cream contouring looks hyper natural and so glowing and gorgeous.
Kryolan Ultra Foundation TrioKryolan Ultra Foundation Trio
Kryolan Professional Makeup
Kryolan Ultra Foundation Trio
$74.00

love love love

i love using this for my cream contouring. it's really easey to use just a lil bit, but when i'm going out i can use the same product for more dramatic look, just use more brown and yellow.
Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Quickie Contour StickBenefit Cosmetics Hoola Quickie Contour Stick
Benefit Cosmetics
Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Quickie Contour Stick
$49.00

Very warm and bendable

I love this product! Most contour sticks and other cream products i use have a hard time blending out over my foundation without it looking patchy. This contour stick looks so flawless. It blends out easily with a sponge and gives my face a nice natural warmth. I use this daily and it gives my skin a glowy finish that i love. Will be repurchasing.

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