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Choose the Best Contouring Product for You

With the contouring craze showing no signs of dwindling, there are now more sculpting and highlighting products than most women know what to do with. So, if you – like most – are a little overwhelmed by choice, then read on to learn which does what…

{THE CUSTOM CONTOUR} – if you struggle to find the perfect shade, {Anastasia Beverly Hills‘ Contour Refills} slot neatly into your existing {Pro Series Palette} to build a bespoke sculpting kit. With a spectrum of colours – from yellows to neutralise purples, orange to lend warmth to ashy, or blue tones and shimmering champagnes to emphasise cheekbones – pick ‘n’ mix to your heart’s content!


{THE CREAM CONTOUR} – ideal if you favour liquid bases, Stila’s {Custom Contour} is available in three cream colourways to complement all skin tones – even the ultra-fair. Really easily blended, buff with the brand’s {Custom Contour Brush} for a natural, airbrushed effect.


{THE POWDER HIGHLIGHTER} – Kevyn Aucoin’s stunning {Celestial Powder} is like captured candlelight – ultra-finely milled, it lends a gorgeous, lit-from-within glow to brow, cheek and collar bones, and the texture is so finely milled it’s like butter.


{THE CREAM SCULPTOR} – with a one-shade-suits-all, olive-toned formula, BECCA’s {Sculpting Perfector} helps enhance existing shadows – blending effortlessly to create subtle, buildable definition. Ideal for contour-phobes, this is sheer yet pigmented, so you only need a little to achieve a more ‘3D’ effect.


{THE ON-THE-GO CONTOUR} – double-ended crayons, NudeStix {Sculpting Pencils} are the ultimate handbag companions – just use the contouring/highlighting end to make marks on your visage, then blend with fingertips for instant, believable enhancement.


{THE ANTI-AGEING CONTOUR} – enriched with age-defying ingredients, Studio 10’s 3-pan {Visible Lift Face Definer Contour Palette} stars a subtle, cool-toned sculpting powder (India Knight loves it), alongside a gorgeous, gold-toned illuminator to lend the ‘high points’ of your face a youthful, dewy gleam.


{THE PRO CONTOUR} – the contour kits everyone’s talking about, Anastasia Beverly Hills {Pro Series Contour Kit} and {Pro Series Contour Cream Kit} are must-have additions to the arsenal of any make up maven. These have graced the faces of Contour Queen Kim Kardashian, and can be layered (cream first, set with powder) to create a long-wearing, Photo-shopped finish. {Contour Cream Kit} is coming SOON, so join the waitlist to be first to learn of its arrival.


{THE CONTOUR TOOL} – the go-to contouring tool for professional make up artists, Beautyblender’s {Beautyblender} has an elliptical shape which hugs the nooks and crannies of your face – while it’s porous texture facilitates a flawless end result. And don’t forget the {Micro Minis} – not only are they SUPER CUTE (!) they’re also purposeful – granting easy access to the intricate eye area.



Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…