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 Fords 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 Ms Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit (£6.49) was the brands 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…
We love this cream-to-powder formula; perfect for precise application and easy blending. Simply create a diagonal line under your cheekbones from your ear to the centre of your cheek and smudge to create shadow.
If you like working with pencils, this creamy trio of shades is for you. The highlighter is a subtle light-reflecting pigment to bring out your bone structure while the two shading sticks add shadows where desired. The kit comes with a sharpener, too.
This two-tone powder palette does exactly what it says on the tin; the darker powder is used as shade to contour cheekbones while the highlighting illuminate powder adds shine to the pronounced bone structure. Easy to use with a flat contour brush, this luxury kit is worth every penny.
Whether youre working with a powder or cream colour kit, this flat topped contour brush is the perfect tool to create flawless, chiselled cheek and brow bones.
Perfect for an on-the-go contour, this kit suits a range of skin tones and allows you to sculpt your face no matter where you are.
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 five-strong cream colour collection works best when blended with fingertips to add shade below cheekbones and light just above and on brow bones.
This creamy kit includes four different shades for you to highlight and define your way to the perfect contour.
Blend your contour colours with this super-soft contour cheek brush for a more natural finish.
This gel stick is one of the easiest to use products 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.
This brilliant three-colour palette was Barry M's biggest selling product of 2015, and we can see why. The simple shadow, bronze and highlight powder trio is one of our favourite kits on the market. It's small enough to pop in your handbag for a touch-up on the go, too.
Stila's creamy kit will allow you to blend your contour to perfection.
YSL's Contouring Duo comes in a range of shades, with two different shades of powder to highlight and contour as desired.