14 of the very best contour kits

Contour kits are a staple in our makeup arsenal. It’s hard to believe that only a few years ago barely any of us contoured. Sure, we smothered our base in bronzer, but carefully sculpt and shade we did not.

If you’re unfamiliar with the difference between contour and bronzer, allow us to explain. Bronzers are warm-toned and we use them when we want to fake that just-back-from-my-hols glow. Technically, bronzers can be applied all over, but they’re mostly saved for areas where the sun would naturally hit aka tan.

Despite contour products seeming similarity in terms of shade, use, etc, they really couldn’t be more different. For starters, a good contour product should be cool instead of warm toned. This is because, rather than bringing warmth and colour to your complexion, they’re meant to take it away. The role of a contour powder/cream/stick is to mimic natural shadow. FYI cooler toned browns are grey based.

Different products are better suited to different parts of the face. For example, sticks are great for hard to reach areas like your nose, MAC’s Studio Perfecting Stick is one of our faves because it’s so slim.

After killer cheekbones? Take your pick of powder or cream – but consider your skin type first. For oily complexions powders are paramount. Kat Von D’s Shade & Light Face Contour Palette comes with contour and highlight colours, so make room for it in your makeup bag.

For dry skin types, a souped up cream packed with hydrating ingredients should sit at the top of your list. Westman Atelier’s Face Trace Contour Stick and Morphe’s Contour Stick are our faves.

As always, we’ve covered all budgets, so whether you’re watching your wallet or fancy treating yourself – there’s one for every price point.

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