Contouring! What is it? Why do you need it? Well, blame the Kardashians but contouring is here to stay. It is the make-up technique that can take a cheekbone-less wonder into Kate Moss with one swoop of a contour brush (well two if you are planning on having matching cheeks) and it is a bit of a miracle. There is a range of contouring kits on the market and we have rounded the best of them up here so you don’t have to….
Sleek is the jewel in high street make-up brands’ crown – amazing make-up at “have they scanned that right?” prices. The contour kit sculpts and slims your features and is perfect if you want to narrow your nose, give your double chin a bit of a reduction or just get a bit more angular. There are loads of shade choices and each compact includes a dark matte press powder and an illuminating highlighter that are super easy to apply. Simply use the darker colour to add definition and the highlighter above the darker colour to soften and sculpt. You won’t believe the difference it will make.
This BB cream combo is perfect for anyone who wants definition without caking on the make-up. The three step product includes a highlighter for areas under the eyes, nose, chin and T-zone, another stick to soften and neutralize darker areas and another shade to add depth and definition around the jaw, hairline and under the cheeks. The three products make contouring easy and this is a really great quality product.
Gone are the days when contouring was only a professional technique used at photo shoots – now you can do it yourself in the comfort in your own home, crossed legged on the floor in your pyjamas (no judgment). Laura Mercier is the queen of flawless skincare (just check out her concealers) and this gorgeous palette includes carefully chosen neutral shades alongside darker shades you can use to sculpt your face. The creamy formula makes it much easier to blend than some contouring powders for a more natural look.
This is another good choice if you favour the natural contour look. The Becca palette includes blendable, buildable cream-powder that you can use to build colour, shade and definition. The lowlight sculpting perfector and shimmering skin perfector is great for all skin types and is a one stop make-up shop for perfectly defined features.
World renowned make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury knows a little something about a filmstar glow – she’s been making Hollywood’s finest look amazing for years. Her contouring kit has been developed to maximize your assets – just use the darker shade on the hollows of your cheeks, temples, jaw line, sides and tip of your nose then use the highlighter on top of the cheek bones, down the centre of the nose, the lip’s cupid bow and brow bone for an amazing, defined look.
Urban Decay’s Naked Flushed compact includes a bronzer, highlighter and a blush – it’s a real triple threat. You can use the different products individually or all of them together for an incredible contoured look. The blush will give you a radiant glow and the powders’ featherlight texture will feel amazing on your skin. All of the colours blend perfectly together and can be used on any skin tone. What are you waiting for?