7 contour sticks that’ll sculpt you the cheekbones of your dreams
Bone structure that could cut glass
By Briar Clark
BEAUTYcrew Content Producer / November 08 2021
Regardless of what generation you’re from, being born with an impressive set of cheekbones sets you at the top of the beauty hierarchy.
Unfortunately, not everyone is so blessed. But what sets our generation apart from its predecessors, is the fact that we have access to a nifty little invention called a contour stick.
A magic wand in it’s own right, this modern sculpting tool can turn even the most undefined facial structures into a work of art that could rival Michaelangelo’s ‘David’.
Here, we’ve collated the cream of the crop – seven ultra-blendable contour sticks for cheekbones that’ll cut even your worst enemy on-site (now, that’s sharp).
MAKEUP BY MARIO Soft Sculpt™ Shaping Stick
Formulated by A-list makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic to never appear muddy or orange on the skin, this super-blendable, creamy contour stick creates effortless definition and dries down to a natural matte finish. The dual-ended format means you can easily switch between product application and blending, by utilising the complementary angled buffing brush.
$43 at Sephora
Westman Atelier Face Trace Contour Stick
Delivering the kind of foolproof, natural contour you’d see in an editorial spread or gracing the faces of runway models, this subtle sculptor from Westman Atelier is a must-have in our opinion. Formulated using oil-absorbing and balancing China clay, biomimicry pigments that encourage a natural finish, and firming berryflux vita to nourish and hydrate, this luxe little stick is your one-way ticket to the cheekbones of your dreams.
$68 at MECCA
MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Stick Foundation
Technically a foundation, this multipurpose stick can be used to sculpt out bone structure you never knew you had, all while blurring imperfections. Long-lasting, camera-friendly and undetectable on skin, we recommend picking up a few shades to create your next photo-ready makeup look. Amino acid-coated pigments ensure medium to full coverage without weighing down your makeup, and hyaluronic spheres encourage time-released hydration (making this the perfect pick for drier skin types).
$67 at Sephora
Illamasqua Gel Sculpt
Subtle enough to wear on it’s lonesome or layered on top of your favourite complexion perfector, this sheer-finish gel contour stick is foolproof as far as we’re concerned. Create delicate shadows along the cheekbones, temples, jawline, and even lids and lips (if you’re so inclined) for a no-makeup makeup look that’ll put you in the same league as off-duty supermodels.
was $37 now $27.75 at RY
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick
As you can tell, we love a multipurpose base product. This multitasker combines the efforts of your favourite foundation, concealer, contour and SPF in one handy stick format (hello, space-saver). We’re talking lightweight, blendable, natural coverage coupled with an SPF 25 mineral-based sunscreen. Jeju-sourced mineral rich volcanic seawater is blended with red algae for an added boost of long-lasting moisture.
$47 at MECCA
MECCA MAX Off Duty Contour Stick
Model off-duty, no-makeup makeup is the name of the game with this chubby little contour stick in tow. Swipe under cheekbones, over temples and define that jawline with ease utilising this practically undetectable formula that boasts a silky smooth finish and buildable, long-wearing colour.
$18 at MECCA
FENTY BEAUTY Match Stix Matte Skinstick
We can’t talk about contour sticks without mentioning the game-changing match stix range from Fenty Beauty. Formulated to work beautifully alongside the brand’s extensive range of foundations, this concealing, correcting and contouring multitasker acts as a magnet, clinging to cheekbones and providing long-lasting colour payoff, while the magnetised packaging allows you to easily store the skinsticks neatly together. Designed to be layered, the cream-to-powder formula blends like a dream without caking, creasing or getting patchy too.
$39 at Sephora
Briar is a Content Producer at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Girlfriend and Beauty Heaven.