The beginner’s guide to Contouring.

September 21

I’m not a make up artist, so I’m always looking for fool proof contouring products that I can use to a minimal. Here are a few of my favorites:

-L’Oreal infallible sculpt
It’s not everyday that you find a great drugstore product, but I love this contour cream palette by L’Oreal’s sculpting range. A cream to powder texture, I like using this as a base and then setting with a contour powder.

-NARS Laguna tiare bronzer
A new product from the NARS range – This can be used for face and body – not only is it one of beauty’s all time cult classic, the kabuki brush this comes with, is perfect for getting the contour sculpt lines.

-Wow by Wojooh Contour Revolution Sculpting Palette
I’ve been really impressed with Wojooh’s own make up range – Wow by Wojooh and this wins as another favorite from their brand. A cream contour kit with a medium bronze, a brown shade and a nude concealer shade. Fits perfectly in the handbag, and is very easy to use – and easily buildable.

-Tom Ford shade and illuminate
One of my favorite beauty products from Tom Ford’s beauty range – the shade and illuminate is a great contouring product with a tinted cream that helps contour the face, without it being too harsh as well as a highlighter right next to it. It’s a great base and quite buildable – the formula is definitely one of the best when it comes to cream bases.

-Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder
For a handbag and powder version, I like this one by Kevyn Aucoin. Once I’ve applied all my make up, I like to go over it with this sculpting powder for some shadows and definition. It’s also waterproof and crease-proof, so it really does finish it perfectly.

-Sephora Contouring 101 Face Palette
This contouring palette by Sephora is fool-proof, it also comes with a little guide! A pressed powder palette, it includes shades for both contouring and highlighting (5 to be exact). Super easy to use, it’s also good if you just want some subtle sculpting to the face.

-Maybelline Master Sculpt
This wouldn’t be my first choice, but if you’re looking for a drugstore buy that is also quite compact – I would look at this one by Maybelline. A contouring palette with a matte bronze, the palette also has a highlighter – perfect to touch up over your cream contour, or carry it in your handbag for a night out.

-Inglot Sculpt to Glow
Not sure if it’s just me but I find Inglot such an underrated beauty brand. I’m in love with their matte lipsticks and recently been using a pro selected defining kit – which has a bronzer for contouring, two shades of blush (a more red toned and a pink toned) as well as a highlighter trio (a bronze, a gold and a pearly one). The magnetic closure makes it easy to just throw in a handbag or make up bag – travel friendly.

-Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick
All contouring really is at the end of the day, is using darker shades to create shadows in order to sculpt the face. So you could really actually use a darker foundation to create this. I like Bobbi Brown’s skin foundation stick as an option (and many use this as a contour stick, just as much as a foundation) because the stick and size of the circumference makes it to apply. Just be careful to not press too hard, or it might be a lot harder to blend through.

-Illamasqua Gel Sculpt
if you’re worried about contouring, and want something very light – I LOVE this product from Illamasqua (which I actually struggled to find!). Quite small and fits into your handbag – a gel stick, so it actually feels pretty nice on the skin (and hydrates along the way), the gel makes this very subtle – and easy to blend. For someone that enjoys contouring, I would only use this for day time or a base contour (you’ll need powder to increase the pigment)

-Burberry Beauty Face Contour
This is definitely higher in pigment, and what I love about this, is the size of the pen. It makes this very easy to get precise lines on the face, and easy to even target an area like the nose. If you’re someone that contours around the eye, I recommend this product as well. The pen comes in a medium and dark shade.