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Four Ways To Use A Contour Stick

Nothing beats a product that can easily be used on-the-go, while still delivering A* results – and that’s why you need to learn how to use a contour stick!

Whether you’re on the train or sat in front of a mirror at home, it allows you to subtly warm your complexion, make cheekbones sharper and define your jawline within the swipe of a crayon-like stick. The creamy formula melts into skin, so you’ll never be left with harsh lines – all you have to do is apply, buff and blend.

Our Top Tips On How To Use A Contour Stick

1. Emphasize Your Cheekbones

Start by using your index finger to work out where the line needs to be drawn. To do this, place your finger beneath your cheekbone to see where the shadow would naturally fall.

Then, use a contour stick to carefully draw a line under your cheekbones. Finally, use your fingertip to blend the colour in for a seamless finish.

2. Use A Contour Stick As Lipstick

While this may not always be the case, the soft chocolate tone of most contour sticks makes it perfect for your lips too!

Simply paint it onto your lips as you would with a lipstick crayon, then use a lip brush to perfect the edges.

3. Contour Your Key Features

Trace the stick along your jawline, down the side of your nose and just above your temples.

Then, using a buffing makeup brush, blend the lines into your skin. Keep blending until any harsh edges disappear, but so just enough contour is still showing – you ideally want a suggestion of shadow rather than a definite line.

4. Accentuate Your Eyes

It also looks great as an eyeshadow, particularly on darker skin tones.

Use the tip of the stick to draw a thick line along your upper lash line, then use your fingertip to blend it upwards. Holding the stick angled, draw a thin line along your lower lash line and gently press it in. Finish with a slick or two of jet black mascara.

And there you have it, four ways to use a contour stick!

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12 Best Drugstore Contour Kits Esha Saxena Hyderabd040-395603080 November 20, 2019

There’s so much talk about contouring these days – it’s hard to escape this beauty trend. I can’t deny that every once in awhile, I do love a subtle, classic contour, nothing too crazy. I simply like to map out the highlights and shadows of my face while enhancing them. Whether you’re an occasional contour-er or are big on the ‘Kim Kardashian-esque’ contour style on the regular, I tried and tested some drugstore contour kits and gathered up the best for you. Sculpt your face like a pro on a budget!

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Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Contour Check Price
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L’Oreal Paris Cosmetics Infallible Pro Contour Palette Check Price
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Maybelline New York Facestudio Master Contour Kit Check Price
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Top 12 Drugstore Contour Kits

1. NYX Highlight And Contour Pro Palette

Pros

  • Blends like a dream
  • Looks very natural
  • Super pigmented
  • Good mix of shades for all skin tones
  • Convenient packaging

Cons

  • Subtle fallout with certain shades

NYX Highlight And Contour Pro Palette Review

This NYX palette has to be one of my top favorites. I’ll tell you why! Let me begin with the packaging – this has eight shades to contour and highlight, and each pan pops right out if you want to take any out of the palette. The shades have a crazy amount of pigmentation, and with a light tap of your brush, you can pick up just the right amount of product for a proper, chiseled contour. Even the lighter shades show up well on my skin! Their texture is incredibly soft and smooth and leaves you with a glorious finish.

This is a powder-based palette, and it’s great for all skin tones with the variety of shades it carries. Also, it’s one of the best options if you’re just starting out with contouring.

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2. Rimmel Kate Sculpting Cosmetic Set

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Great shade options
  • Properly pigmented
  • Gorgeous highlighter
  • Travel-friendly packaging

Cons

  • Average wear time

Rimmel Kate Sculpting Cosmetic Set Review

This universally flattering blush, contour, and the highlight is a popular pick amongst celebrity makeup artists and is used to prep actresses like Rashida Jones and Kristen Stewart. I love its light packaging and how easy it is to use. It’s available in three shade options – 001 Golden Sands, 002 Coral Glow, and 003 Golden Bronze. The pigmentation and the texture are both beyond amazing for an under $7 palette. Also, it’s so convenient to just throw into your purse and carry it with you when you’re on the move.

This contour palette, with its shade options, has something for every skin tone. Definitely grab this while you can!

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3. CoverGirl TruBlend Contour Palette

Pros

  • One palette gives you multiple looks
  • Oil-free and fragrance-free
  • Blends beautifully
  • Lightweight
  • Natural-looking

Cons

  • Average staying power

CoverGirl TruBlend Contour Palette Review

This palette by CoverGirl, designed by celebrity makeup artist Pat McGrath has a set of ultra-blendable formulas to highlight, contour, and bronze your face. Available in two shade options, these are designed for light, medium, and deep skin tones. I like how this gives me a very natural finish, just the way I like my contour. The bendability is great, and for the price, this is such a great pick!

These shades are cream-based, and one of the shade options will suit your skin tone with ease. Like I said, whether you have light, medium, or a deep skin tone, there’s something for everyone. Must try!

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4. Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Contour

Pros

  • Oil-free and fragrance-free
  • Paraben-free and Gluten-free
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Cruelty-free
  • Great pigmentation

Cons

  • Small pans

Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Contour Review

Celebrity makeup artist Monika Blunder, who has a dazzling client list that includes Amanda Seyfried, Molly Sims, and Chelsea Handler, loves this palette to get clients “red-carpet ready”! This powder trio palette has three gorgeous matte shades and is great for daily use as it provides a subtle, natural-looking contour. For minimal makeup lovers, this palette will be your holy grail. The packaging is slightly annoying as the lid opens up awkwardly, but besides that, every aspect of this contour kit is worth raving about!

This will suit all skin tones, and skin types, even those with really sensitive skin could give this a try!

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5. e.l.f. Contour Palette

Pros

  • Blends easily
  • Soft and smooth texture
  • Contains Vitamin E
  • Great pigmentation
  • Travel-friendly packaging

Cons

  • A little powdery

e.l.f. Contour Palette Review

This affordable contour kit looks incredibly classy with its minimal packaging. The pans can be removed and replaced, which makes it very customizable if you own other e.l.f products. The shades have rich pigmentation, and they glide smoothly onto your skin. Make sure you use a small brush to pick up the product to avoid wastage.

This will suit all skin tones and is a great contour kit for beginners.

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6. L’Oreal Paris Cosmetics Infallible Pro Contour Palette

Pros

  • Leaves you with a natural finish
  • Nicely pigmented
  • Good staying power
  • Does not feel drying on the skin
  • Comes with a unique brush

Cons

  • The packaging is messy as the shades overlap and touch each other

L’Oreal Paris Cosmetics Infallible Pro Contour Palette Review

If you’re looking for a cool-toned contour powder, this is it. The highlighter in this kit also happens to be a gem! Both the contour and highlighter are really easy to blend, and the lasting power is decent with an average time of 5-6 hours before they start to fade slightly, but this also depends upon your skin type. If you want a natural-looking, matte finish contour, do try this out.

This will suit most skin tones and is really easy to use!

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7. Pixi Highlight And Contour Palette

Pros

  • Smooth and creamy
  • Good pigmentation
  • Nice mix of shimmers and mattes
  • Easy to use
  • Convenient packaging

Cons

  • Average staying power

Pixi Highlight And Contour Palette Review

This palette contains three highlight and three contour shades to create realistic shadows to recede features and add depth. The shades glide onto the skin smoothly, and some of them have a creamy texture. This palette can also be used as eyeshadows besides for contouring and bronzing.

Since the color scheme leans towards the warmer spectrum, these aren’t recommended for pale or cool skin tones.

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8. Maybelline New York Facestudio Master Contour Kit

Pros

  • Perfect for everyday wear
  • Easy to use
  • 3-in-1 compact kit
  • Suitable for most skin tones
  • Sturdy packaging

Cons

  • Average pigmentation

Maybelline New York Facestudio Master Contour Kit Review

This Maybelline palette comes in two shades – light medium and medium deep. I particularly liked its packaging. The shades are soft and textured powders with a matte finish. The bendability is great, and it gives you a subtle contour that’s great for work or daily wear. The blush, highlighter, and contour have considerable longevity and stay on the face for a good 6-7 hours. A setting spray increases longevity.

This kit would suit most skin tones, and if you have sensitive skin, you could rely on it to not break you out or cause any irritation to your skin.

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9. Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette

Pros

  • Easy to apply
  • Good pigmentation
  • Long-lasting
  • Good value
  • Good color selection

Cons

  • Depending on the brush you use, you tend to waste a significant amount of product

Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette Review

This palette has a set of extremely pigmented and blendable shades that don’t look too over the top. You have a set of eight shades to work with, and there’s minimal to no fall out with most shades. Its packaging is black and sleek with a reflective plastic case and a large mirror inside, which makes it look like a high-end kit. This is an excellent budget option!

It would look great on most skin tones and is one of the best contouring palettes for beginners.

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10. Wet N’ Wild MegaGlo Contouring Palette

Pros

  • Blends well
  • Long-lasting
  • Value for money
  • You get a good amount of product

Cons

  • Slightly powdery

Wet N’ Wild MegaGlo Contouring Palette Review

I feel this is such an underrated contouring kit, and more people should actually give this a try. Let me tell you why! It’s a great dupe of the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer. It provides you with a subtle, natural-looking contour. Nothing too intense! The duo consists of perfectly complementary contouring powders that are very pigmented and buttery. I also loved the lasting power.

Overall, this is one of the most affordable drugstore contour kits. It would suit various skin tones and is a great choice if you’re only starting out with contouring and highlighting.

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11. City Color Cosmetics Contour Effects Palette

Pros

  • Easy to blend
  • Colors are fine and silky
  • Great pigmentation
  • Functional packaging

Cons

  • Lacks a mirror

City Color Cosmetics Contour Effects Palette Review

This contour kit comes in a magnetized cardboard pack – It’s sleek, lightweight, and simple. It consists of three round pans – for contouring, bronzing, and highlighting. The texture is smooth and blends like a dream. It lasts for more than 6 hours, even on my combination skin, which is a blessing.

It’s great for all skin tones and is super easy to use.

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12. Nuance By Salma Hayek Flawless Finish Contour And Illuminate Duo

Pros

  • Fragrance-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Not tested on animals
  • Properly pigmented

Cons

  • Average staying power

Nuance By Salma Hayek Flawless Finish Contour And Illuminate Duo Review

This palette by Hollywood’s Salma Hayek is pretty amazing. It defines your best features with much ease and is so lightweight. Once you apply the sheer, buildable formula, you can’t even tell if it’s there. I love the pearl-infused cream illuminator. This palette allows your natural sheen to shine through without having a full face of makeup on.

It would look perfect on all skin tones, and if you’re going for a fresh, flawless, natural look, this one’s a must-try!

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How To Choose The Best Drugstore Contour Kit? – Quick Tips

Now that you have some solid drugstore options to pick out a contouring palette let me give you a few tips on choosing the right colors for contouring.

  • Pick a base – powder or cream. It’s always recommended to start out with a powder base as this gives you more control over your technique. You can always move on to the cream-based stuff later.
  • Invest in high-quality brushes. This is the ultimate game-changer because using brushes that blend well is so essential to the whole process of contouring. Remember, blending is key to flawless contouring.
  • Test out various colors until you find a shade that works best for your skin tone. Use a highlighter that is about two shades lighter than your foundation and a shadow that is two shades darker.
  • Add a pop of blush to the apples of your cheeks to soften your contoured look.
  • It’s best to avoid warm-toned (orange/golden) products. You’re trying to create the illusion of shadows on your face to lift and define it. Look for cool ashy-toned products.
  • Do not try to carve out and contour your face with something shimmery – this will look messy, unnatural, and really cringe-worthy. Always, always use a matte product!

Are you ready to give yourself a pro-grade contour and see what the rage is all about?

That was my roundup of the best drugstore contour kits, and some of them are so easy to use that even newbies can comfortably master the skill. Also, you don’t have to spend a fortune for a little definition on your face. Do you have a go-to contouring product? Share with us in the comments.

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Esha Saxena

Esha Saxena is a writer, journalist, and a full-time wallflower. She holds a Master’s degree in Media and Mass Communication and firmly believes that makeup is nothing less than art. Combining her love for writing with her passion for makeup, she brings to you reviews, techniques, and her ever-growing knowledge on this form of art. In her spare time, she loves reading, listening to obscure indie bands, and writing poetry – all of this while being a crazy dog lady.

The best drugstore contour kits that makeup artists swear by

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So you’re down to copy Kim Kardashian’s chiseled contour, but not exactly thrilled with the price of the $48 kit? Problem solved. We reached out to top industry makeup artists to get their suggestions on the best drugstore contour kits for making your cheekbones pop on a budget that allows for your addiction to shopping.

And if you haven’t aced the technique yet (don’t worry—it takes time), picking up an affordable contour kit is probably a better option anyway. Keep scrolling to check out seven pro-approved buys from some of your favorite makeup brands.

1Jordana Sculpt N’ Go Creamy Contour Stick

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Justine Purdue, a makeup artist for Streeters, says that Jordana Sculpt N’ Go Creamy Contour Stick is one of her favorites to contour with because it “blends like a dream” and perfectly creates a shadow on the skin. She pairs it with the Jordana Glow N’ Go Strobing Sticks in Radiant Glow.

2Hard Candy Look Pro! Ultimate Kit

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Makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor told InStyle that this Hard Candy buy is one of his favorites because it includes everything you need to do a full contour.

3Maybelline Face Studio Master Contour Stick

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“Maybelline Master Contour V-Shape Duo is my favorite drugstore contour product,” says celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg. “I love it because it’s super user-friendly.” She says it comes in different skin tone options, and the light cream texture of the stick makes for incredibly easy blending.

4COVERGIRL truBLEND Contour Palette

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“This reasonably-priced contour palette includes makeup for highlighting, contouring, and bronzing,” says Yuki Hayashi, a Makeup Artist for Streeters. “The creamy formulas can be easily applied and blended with a sponge.”

5Physicians Formula Bronze Boost Contour

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“If you love a matte finish, this is the perfect, easy-to-use formula,” says Stoji, a makeup artist for Streeters. She says the velvet finish is bendable and buildable, and the formula is gluten-free and cruelty-free.

This article originally appeared in InStyle.com.

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Celebrity makeup artists have truly helped turn contouring into a phenomenon that women around the globe are now taking part in. With just a few steps, you can actually transform your face and give yourself more definition or minimize more prominent features. Contouring also highlights the most flattering areas of your face for a flawless “red carpet” look—it’s like some form of makeup magic.

While the art of contouring may seem extremely tricky for a non-professional to master, it’s truly much easier than you think. Instead, the main issue is finding exactly the right products for your skin tone and texture to help create the perfect contour.

MORE: Use These Highlight and Contour Sets to Get Your Kardashian On

Some women like to put a base foundation on first before contouring. This is fine, especially if you want to keep things more natural and do a light-handed contour on top of your everyday foundation. However, you can just apply a concealer and darker shade for contour on your face and blend them together in place of foundation for a more dramatic look (for a full step-by-step on how to contour, check out our how-to guide).

In terms of which products to use, consider your skin type. For example, if you have oily skin, a cream-based contour routine is probably not the best option for you. Instead, try using powders to “carve” out your face and give it definition.

On the other hand, if you have dry skin, powder may accentuate this. Fine lines are also accentuated by powders, so in these instances, use lightweight, dewy cream-based products to hydrate and contour simultaneously.

The best part about contouring is you can mix and match your products. Not everything used needs to be just powder or just creams—powder can absolutely be placed on top of your liquid foundation and blended in for a seamless contour.

If creams are more your thing, try L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Crayon Concealer in Medium/Deep Neutral, Tarte the Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer, or the Viseart Corrector, Contour, Camouflage HD Palette.

If you’re a powder kind of girl, we recommend the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, Lorac TANtalizer Highlight and Matte Bronzer Duo, or NYX Highlight and Contour Pro Palette.

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