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 best contour kits now available from beauty brands for all budgets.
We’ve road-tested the best contour kits the market has to offer and found which ones are the easiest to use, which are the ones that look most natural and which ones we’d recommend for on the go top-ups.
Whichever kit you choose, the key is to start with a good base – start with the best foundation and best use the best make-up brushes when starting out. 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. With the best contour kits, it makes highlighting and shading a doddle.
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The best contouring make-up
If you like working with powder, we love Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, £49. This luxury powder contour kit contain rich, light-reflecting colours that are really easy to work with. If you’re looking for a beauty bargain, Barry M’s Feeling Cheeky Sculpting Tin, £6.99 is budget-friendly and works with a simple shadow, bronze and highlight trio.
If cream or gel textures are more your thing, try Illamasqua’s Gel Sculpt Face Contouring Stick, £22. This is so easy to use and you can smudge the colour in with fingertips for a more natural finish.
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This two-tone cream palette does exactly what it says on the tin; the darker powder is used as shade to contour cheekbones while the highlighting illuminator adds shine to the pronounced bone structure. Easy to use with a flat contour brush, this luxury kit is worth every penny.
This eight-strong colour collection is completely customisable so you can create your perfect match and replace the colours as they get used up. We love the range of shades included, meaning you can match your skin tone perfectly whatever time of year.
This creamy kit includes four different shades for you to highlight and define your way to the perfect contour.
This gel stick is one of the easiest products to use on the market - simply glide the stick diagonally down from the middle of your ear towards your nose, underneath each cheekbone. Blend with fingertips and voila; hello chiselled cheeks!
If you want a chiselled contoured look worthy of the red carpet, rely on A-list favourite Charlotte Tilbury, who has come up with this simple two-step powder kit to create highlights and shadows with ease. Use the bronze to add depth before throwing light on your cheek and brow bones with the shimmering highlighter.
Stila's creamy kit will allow you to blend your contour to perfection. Cream textures mimic the look of skin much more than a powder.
YSL's Contouring Duo comes in a range of shades, with two different shades of powder to highlight and contour as desired.
Super purse friendly and if you struggle to work out where each shade goes, there's a handy guide.