14 of the best contouring kits to define and sculpt

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Achieving chiselled cheeks in an instant has never been easier; shop our edit of the best contour kits on the market.

Learning how to contour is a make-up skill every beauty buff should master. And it’’s never been easier thanks to the brilliant contour kits now available from top beauty brands. But how will you find the very best contouring kit on the market? With our help, of course.

We’’ve road-tested everything the market has to offer and found the top 10 easy-to-use contouring products out there right now. From precision application brushes to so-easy-a-child-could-use-them crayon kits. So what are you waiting for? There’’s never been a better time to contour like a Kardashian.

Whatever kit you choose, the key to contouring is to add shadows and highlights to the cheek and brow bones, where needed. Your cheeks will be the key point to add shape to your face. Locate your cheek bones and add shadow with the darkest colour in your kit diagonally downwards under the bone. This line should roughly follow the middle of the ear to the bottom of the nose. Next, highlight your bone structure by adding a light-reflecting shade along the cheeks and just below the eyebrows. Sounds simple, right?

Sometimes, not so much. So, if you need a bit of help, watch our video and stock up on these. Or, for a contour recommendation that’s personalised to your skin tone, type, preferred finish AND budget, head over to our sister site Powder.

The best contouring make-up

If you like working with powder, we love Tom Ford’s Shade & Illuminate palette, £56 and Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, £49. These two luxury powder shadow and highlight kits contain rich, light-reflecting colours that are really easy to work with. If you’’re looking for a beauty bargain, Barry M’s Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit (£6.49) was the brand’s top-selling product of 2015, and works with a simple shadow, bronze and highlight trio.

If cream colour or gel is more your thing, try Laura Mercier’’s Flawless Contouring Palette, £35, Topshop’’s Contour Cream, £10, or Illamasqua’’s Gel Sculpt Face Contouring Stick, £22. These are great to work with as you can smudge the colour in with fingertips for a more natural finish. Smashbox’’s Step-by-Step Contour Stick Trio, £35, could not be easier to use, as the crayon colours can simply be drawn on in place and then smudged in to create light and shade in the perfect places.

Shop our edit of the best contour kits on the market in the UK, now……

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