With the New Year approaching and one of our resolutions turning out to be a change of style, perhaps one particular aspect of our style we should focus on is our contouring techniques. So many out there have not the slightest clue about contouring in of itself, nor can they easily discern between the best in contouring kits or products, which ends up hurting the beauty looks they aspire to. In order to help ease the pains of trying to find the best pieces to pick out for your contouring techniques, we have put together a list of 15 of the best contouring products and kits, effectively easing your selection.
Considering that there are so many different brands that cater to the same type of makeup sticks, it is not an easy feat to put together your makeup bag’s contents. Hopefully this will help you with the best in quality and designer products out there.
The top contouring kits you may need, out of which only the first is a single stick, the rest being kits, are presented in order of our ratings.
1. Skin Foundation Stick by Bobbi Brown
There are 24 shades to this particular foundation stick that you will definitely need to create the right contouring to your visage, matching your skin tone to the shades presented, beginning with Alabaster and Porcelain, while ending in Chestnut and Expresso. It costs $44 USD for 9 grams of the product that is essentially the ultimate nude foundation that includes a unique transparent base along with the skin tone pigments for the best in natural looks.
It has been awarded the “Best Foundation for Dark Skin” in Cosmo for Latina’s 2015 Best of Makeup Beauty Awards, as well as by InStyle Magazine only this year, while winning awards and being featured in magazines throughout 2014. Buy one for you here!
2. Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette
Available through Sephora, this is an exclusive palette, which features three shades for contouring and three for highlighting, made specifically to help bring the focus to your best features. It is paraben-, sulfate-, phthalates-free and blends effortlessly with skin tone to create flawless effects.
3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit
Sephora offers this 6-shade contour kit with three for shading and three for highlighting, a contour product that has earned 100k+ loves and 1229 reviews leading to four stars. Shade and define before sculpting and enhancing features, including the eyes, cheekbones, nose and jawline. The best part is that the kit is hypoallergenic.
4. Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection
With a near 4.5 star rating, this is one of the best contouring products available through Sephora and made to contour and highlight the features in a few simple steps. There are only four shades here, but specially created to draw a slimmer face, lift up cheekbones and just plain look like a celebrity. There is a contour Buki brush included along with a signature glamour guide to help you contour perfectly.
5. Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette
Very much loved by those who have tried this Sephora sold piece, the universal face slenderizing palette exists so that anyone can contour with ease. It has a paint by number addition to it, with a visual guide showing every step to achieving unbelievably good looks.
There are 6 shades included, each an ultra-soft satin-feel powder that can blend easily to create rich, gradual dimension. It ends up looking particularly professional, which is exactly what you are trying to get at.
There is a matte highlighter included along with a yellow correcting powder, soft contour hue for light to medium skin and deep for those with medium to dark, besides which we can find a rosy blush accentuate and a shimmering highlighter glow to finish off with. It is paraben free for your peace of mind.
6. Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette
There are 5 shades in this contouring kit that is well loved and well-reviewed on Sephora, the exclusive palette made to bring artistic techniques to life on a real visage, playing with light to enhance, sculpt and add shadows to the face.
The palette is of blendable creams and utilizes natural shades in a darker range, defining the different parts of the face with delicate creams in a discreet manner. Add a setting powder at the end of it and you are set to go with flawless skin!
7. Marc Jacobs Beauty #Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder
Rated 4.5 stars and sold for $49 USD at Sephora, this dual tone contour kit is exclusive and perfect for highlighting and building on your natural look, leading to a visage that would be seen through a flattering lens.
It has the subtlety required to look like nothing has been added, while it is very flattering to the shape of any face that you work on. Add in the revitalizing vitamins A, C, and E and you have one of the best contour packs in town.
8. Smashbox #Shapematters Palette
With 20 thousand loves and sold for $55 USD at Sephora, this Smashbox special is simply to die for. It is literally three palettes in one, the best contouring kit you can find this side of town. There are 16 bestselling shades included and a double-ended brush to really ease up the process of painting up your features.
Basic shaping steps are included in the contouring kit, along with a full sized mirror, 3 interactive Get the Look cards for the eyes, brows and face, and a slew of colors that can be used to sculpt and perfect every last inch of your visage.
For some, it can be so good that it replaces 5 different products in your makeup bag! When the shades include Aubergine and Sumatra, you know something is being done right.
9. NARS Contour Blush
Also through Sephora, you can find the duo contour shade set for $42 USD to create a seamless, natural looking play on dimensions. It can illuminate the high points of your face while bringing in soft focus and gentle shimmer, blending into the skin tone. It is paraben free and quite lightweight, meant for the girl who doesn’t have much time to spend on contouring her features.
10. Guerlain “Terracotta Bayadere” Face & Eyes Contour Palette
This limited edition item will be gone soon enough so if you are working on adding to your best contour product collection, you might want to dish out the amount needed to own this incredible kit that includes a bronzing powder in two shades, highlighting powder in gold and coral, and a powder brush along with an eyeshadow brush. These powders are meant to be mixed and matched so play with it until you get the look that is just right for you. Buy it now here!
11. Estee Lauder New Dimension Shape + Sculpt Face Kit
A newer contouring kit available from Sephora, this one looks to having an all-in-one palette for the best in expert contouring results. It is meant to work out every angle, instantly highlight and define like an expert, blending the creamy textures and illuminating your face so that you look photo-perfect. It is a compact palette so you can take it with you wherever you go for an instantly sculpted, radiant look.
12. LORAC PRO Contour Palette & Brush
Nordstrom has this kit available for $45 USD instead of its original $145 USD value, making it a steal! There are 6 shades included here, including 2 matte highlighters in beige and yellow, a single shimmer highlighter, and 3 matte contour shades meant for skin tones of varying colors. There is a contour brush and a step-by-step guide to make life easier for you as you try to do your contouring like a pro.
13. Anastasia Beverly hills Contour Cream Palette
With 6 shades and a compact sized kit, this palette makes for an easy-to-use piece that everyone can invest in. It is a best seller at Nordstrom and leaves your skin looking defined and with a subtle dewy appearance. The contouring kit comes in two sets of shades, the warmer tones meant for medium skin colors, while the light has a cooler base to it.
14. Smashbox “Step by Step” Contour Kit
We have a certain love for Smashbox and it appears that Nordstrom is giving us a gift for purchasing this contouring kit as well, making for a win-win situation. Available in light/medium and medium/deep, there are two kits available and meant for different shades of skin.
Depth and dimension are easily created with this combination of 3 shades, the nose, the cheeks and jawline all using the same palette in order to bring out the natural beauty of your features. You have a shade to contour, a shade to bronze, and one to highlight. That is all you need for a simple but lovely way to redefine your facial structure.
15. LORAC “PRO to Go” Eye/Cheek Palette
Nordstrom has a rather lovely LORAC contouring kit available for $38 USD, a steal compared to its $210 USD value. It features 9 different shades, from pearl to black, coral to bronze. There are 6 eyeshadows included, which come in a Pearl Shimmer, Chai Shimmer, Mink Sparkle, Shell Matte, Café Matte and Black Matte.
They can be used wet or dry and can truly bring out your best features right there. There are two blushes in a Coral Shimmer and Pink Matte hue, while the Bronze Matte is the bronzer to subtly carve out the face with, giving your cheekbones a beautifully sun kissed look.
There are two eyeshadow brushes included in the contouring kit as well making it perfect for you to use on the go. It’s a great way to finish off the looks you are going for.
Photos courtesy of Sephora, Nordstrom