The Best Contouring Kits for Every Skill Level

Mar 2, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. ET
Best Contouring Kits
Image: Black Up, Smashbox, Kat Von D Beauty/Design: Allison Kahler/StyleCaster

Sculpting. Highlighting. Defining. Put these three words together, and you’ve got a quick and easy definition for contouring, or the makeup version of a face-lift. Whether your goal is to slim certain parts of the face or to simply elevate them, this is the technique most experts employ and suggest mastering on your own. There are more ways than one to pull this off, and over time, we’ve learned that contouring isn’t even limited to the face.

But regardless of your skill level or overall goal, a kit or palette makes the journey a whole lot easier. Before you spend your hard-earned coins, identify your current skill level. The general rule of thumb is the bigger the palette, the more experienced the user should be. So, if this is your first time bronzing and highlighting, maybe stick with a pen or dual compact that comes with visual instructions. And if you’ve been doing this for a long time, test your expertise with a kit that includes multiple finishes, colors and correctors.

Ahead are the best options for beginner, intermediate and advanced contourers. Choose wisely.


Originally posted on StyleCaster.

1 /12: Beginner: Maybelline Facestudio Master Contour Stick

Maybelline Face Studio Master Contour Stick
Image: Target

1/12 :Beginner: Maybelline Facestudio Master Contour Stick

2 /12: Beginner: Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Duo On the Go

Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Duo On the Go
Image: Sephora

2/12 :Beginner: Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Duo On the Go

3 /12: Beginner: Black Up Contouring Stick

black Up Contouring Stick
Image: Black Up

3/12 :Beginner: Black Up Contouring Stick

4 /12: Beginner: Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Image: Charlotte Tilbury

4/12 :Beginner: Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow

5 /12: Intermediate: Too Cool for School Dinoplatz Triceratops Multi-Face Palette

Too Cool for School Dinoplatz Triceratops Multi-Face Palette
Image: Nordstrom

5/12 :Intermediate: Too Cool for School Dinoplatz Triceratops Multi-Face Palette

6 /12: Intermediate: Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit

Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit
Image: Smashbox

6/12 :Intermediate: Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit

7 /12: Intermediate: e.l.f. Cream Contour Palette

e.l.f. Cream Contour Palette
Image: E.l.f. Cosmetics

7/12 :Intermediate: e.l.f. Cream Contour Palette

8 /12: Intermediate: It Cosmetics Your Most Beautiful You Palette

It Cosmetics Your Most Beautiful Palette
Image: It Cosmetics

8/12 :Intermediate: It Cosmetics Your Most Beautiful You Palette

9 /12: Advanced: Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter

Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter
Image: Urban Decay

9/12 :Advanced: Urban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter

10 /12: Advanced: Kat Von D Shade + Light Créme Contour Palette

Kat Von D Shade + Light Creme Contour Palette
Image: Kat Von D Beauty

10/12 :Advanced: Kat Von D Shade + Light Créme Contour Palette

11 /12: Advanced: Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow Highlight & Contour Palette

Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow Highlight & Contour Palette

11/12 :Advanced: Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow Highlight & Contour Palette

12 /12: Advanced: Viseart Corrector, Contour & Camouflage HD Palette

Viseart Corrector, Contour, Camouflage HD Palette
Image: Sephora

12/12 :Advanced: Viseart Corrector, Contour & Camouflage HD Palette