Contouring must be the most feared word in the makeup world. Once a well-kept makeup artists’ secret, it was made popular by the Kardashian sisters, who skilfully use it to slenderize, sculpt, and highlight their faces.
This technique can do wonders for your face, but it is not the easiest to learn. I still struggle a bit with it, and reserve it only for special occasions. But contouring is going to be a big trend this year.
Beauty companies want us to make contouring and highlighting part of our everyday makeup routine, and to help us get the hang of it have created lots of kits, palettes and chubby sticks in buildable, easy-to-blend formulas. Here are my favourite picks:
LAURA MERCIER FLAWLESS CONTOURING PALETTE ($50.00)
A very talented makeup artist, Laura Mercier knows the secret to everyday contouring is to be discrete. That’s why her Flawless Contouring Palette features five dark sculpting and light highlighting shades in delicate, buildable, and easy-to-blend creamy formulas that allow a flawless and foolproof application. Every single time.
KAT VON D SHADE + LIGHT CONTOUR PALETTE ($46.00)
An expert sketch artist, Kat Von D uses shadow and light to create depth and dimension in her captivating portraits. To help you effortlessly sculpt, chisel, shape, and slenderize your features for enhanced definition, she has created the Shade + Light Contour Palette. It features three matte bronzers and three matte highlighters that capture the true hues of shadow and light. This allows you to create realistic shadows to recede facial features and impart a soft luminosity to amplify dimension.
SMASHBOX STEP-BY-STEP CONTOUR STICK TRIO ($45.00)
Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio provides a very easy way to contour your face. All you need to do is swipe the three chubby cream pencils where you want to shade, sculpt, and highlight your face, and then blend, blend, blend! The middle shade, bronzer, provides a smooth transition that eliminates the look of harsh lines for a flawless look.
BECCA LOWLIGHT/HIGHLIGHT PERFECTING PALETTE ($42.00)
Becca Lowlight/Highlight Perfecting Palette features a cream highlighter based off Becca’s popular Shimmering Skin Perfector to make your skin glow and a Lowlight Sculping Perfector to add depth and definition. It is said to work well on all skin types.
SEPHORA CONTOURING 101 FACE PALETTE ($28.00)
Sephora wins the award for cuteness. The Contouring 101 Face Palette features five contouring and highlighting shades that you can use separately or mix together to add definition and luminosity to your face. It also comes with a step-by-step tutorial to help newbies get the best results.
CLINIQUE CHUBBY STICK SCULPTING HIGHLIGHT AND SCULPTING CONTOUR ($21.00)
Clinique’s offering could only come in a stick form. The Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight features light-reflecting optics to brings your best features forward, while the Chubby Stick Sculpting Countour creates the illusion of depth. Both sticks are creamy and longlasting, but must be purchased separately.
Are you into contouring? Will you be trying any of these products?
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