9 contouring products to try
Create the illusion of a chiselled face
By Iantha Yu
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / May 26 2017
What do the likes of Gisele Bündchen, Cindy Crawford and Chrissy Teigen have in common? Besides an incredible red carpet presence, these three beauties constantly show off their chiselled features in the best way possible; and we’re guaranteeing that their makeup artists used a contour product to seriously accentuate their cheekbones, the sides of their face and even down the bridge of the nose to slim the area. Read on to discover the newest contouring products to hit the market so you can replicate their flawless features at home.
If you prefer a pop of colour
Use the darkest shade of Tom Ford Soleil Contouring Compact in Soleil Afterglow to contour, the lightest hue to illuminate, and the bright pink colour to bring your complexion to life.
If you’re a beginner at contouring
Benefit Hoola Quickie Contour Stick is a creamy formula that dries to a matte finish and can be swiped straight onto cheeks and blended out with your fingers.
If you prefer powder formulas
Hailey Baldwin for ModelCo The Filter Contour & Glow is a clever compact that contains a lighter shade to highlight and a complementary darker one to sculpt and contour just under your cheekbones. The large-sized compact makes it easy to sweep your brush across each shade.
If you can’t get enough of contouring
Take your obsession with contouring to the next level with a mega palette filled with two light and two dark shades plus four eyeshadows, which all work together to create a flawless end result. This Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book Volume II one is at the top of our wish lists, and best suits medium and olive skin tones.
If you prefer cream formulas
Work the darker shade of shu uemura face contour palette just under your cheekbones to visually sculpt your face. We love that this contouring palette comes in three colour variants (one for pink-based skin, another for yellow-based skin, and one for warmer skin colours) so you can find one to suit most skin tones.
If you prefer a natural finish
Don’t dismiss your summer foundation - it can actually work as a product to contour your cheekbones. Something like La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation will do the trick. “I feel like there's so many ways of contouring but my preferred way is to take a foundation that is a couple of shades darker and go into the halo of the forehead, and down the hollows of the cheekbones,” says makeup artist Patrick Ta. “When you're using a foundation as a contour, the effect is a lot more seamless. For your nose, use your fingers to blend the contour down the bridge.”
If you like an all-in-one palette
Created with beauty blogger Chloe Morello, Revlon Sculpt + Highlight Contour Kit brings together four finely-milled powders that can be used to contour around your features or set your makeup when you're finished.
The perfect partner to contouring is highlighting - read up on our guide to using illuminators.
Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinky-nude nail polish and wispy false lashes, she has a healthy obsession with face masks and skin care ingredients. Her previous work can be found in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Women's Health, and SHOP Til You Drop.