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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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Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer
Benefit Cosmetics
Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer
$54.00

best

love this. purchased mine a while ago and it lasts forever!!
perfect colour if you're lighter or medium tone. it gives a nice sunkissed look. i use this to contour and it makes you look glowy.
I have purchased so many bronzers before and i keep going back to this. lasts on the skin (im oily) doesnt break me out and doesnt become blotchy even after HOURS of wear.
Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder Mini
Benefit Cosmetics
Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder Mini
$29.00

perfect for travel

love the bigger size of this. lasts forever. colour is perfect whether you're lighter or medium tone. doesn't smudge or remove through the day, sits well and isn't blotchy.
Mine has lasted forever and i purchased it a long time ago. no matter what other bronzers i buy, i always go back to this

this size is perfect for travelling or if you hardly wear makeup, it still will last a...
MAKE UP FOR EVER Face Colour Case - Trio
MAKE UP FOR EVER
MAKE UP FOR EVER Face Colour Case - Trio
$8.00

great palette

love using this palette for whn i travel as it saves so much room in. my makeuo bag. i honestly use it when im at home as well as i dont like my makeup drawers looking too cluttered, this saves so much space and you can see more of your makeup in the one palette