Contour on Point – Beginner to Pro

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Hello all you beautiful people!

Today I really wanted to talk about contouring and from beginners to pro. There is such a hype around contouring these days and companies recognise this and are starting to produce product after product to try to fill the need. In this post I will be talking about powder contouring products that are easily available to the general public.

Contouring is actually a well known trade technique that  became socially popular after Kim Kardashian posted this image.

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Kim Kardashian Contour

A lot of Drag makeup artist also use this technique to accentuate and mask features.

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Drag Extreme Contour

Still people might think, why the hype? I’ll tell you.. Because it works! Contouring can slim your face, raise your cheek bones and highlight features that you want to stand out.

Here are some powder contour products to consider based on your skill level.

Benefit Hoola Bronzer

If you are a beginner, you might not know where to start, what products to buy and how to use them. That is why I am in love with the Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer. It is perfect for contouring light to medium skin tone and the colour is buildable. Best of all, it also comes with a brush inside that is perfect to blend out the pigment and create a sleek line. If you are a beginner you will love this product and how easy it is to use. Even if you are not a beginner and you are having trouble find the perfect cool tone bronzer, give this one a try. There is not a lot of fall out and it blends with ease.

It retails for $28 USD with 8.0 Net wt. 0.28 oz.

Benefit Cosmetics - Hoola Brozer.
Benefit Cosmetics – Hoola Brozer.

Anastasia Beverly Hill Contour Palette

The contouring palette that started it all is the Anastasia Beverly Hill Contouring (ABH) Palette. The palettes come in different skin tones, Light to Medium, Medium to Tan, and Tan to Dark. You can also customize your palette with your favorite colours on the ABH website. I own Light to Medium and Medium to Tan palettes. The product is Buildable , however with some of the darker shades you definitely have to be light handed or else it can be hard to blend out. The shades I use the most is Fawn and  Havana to contour; Banana and Vanilla to set my under eye and powder my T-Zone. One thing I can appreciate about this palette is that the colours pop-out. So if you are all out of your favorite colour you can simply purchase individual pans without buying the entire palette again. Saying that I do feel that I only use half the colours in my palette.

It retails for $40 USD SIZE 6 pans x 0.11 oz

Anastasia Contour Palette
Anastasia Contour Palette

Too Face Cocoa Contour Palette

I was surprising impressed by this palette. I originally bought this palette from the recommendation of Kathleen Lights, and soon understood what she was raving about. It has 4 shades, 1 beige shade with pink undertone for under eye and highlight, 1 cool tone contour, 1 warmer shade as a bronzer, 1 shimmery shade for highlight. It comes with a brush as well, but I don’t really use it since I prefer another contour brush with this palette. If you are a beginner or even experience with makeup and are looking for a contour palette that you can get most use from try the Too Faced one. However I do caution that this palette works better on Fair – Medium skin since the highlight shades are more pink undertone, it might look chalky on darker skin tones.

It retails for $40 USD size 4 x – 0.17 oz pans + 1 contour kabuki brush

Too Face Cocoa Contour Palette
Too Face Cocoa Contour Palette

Kat Von D Light and Shade Palette

When I first received this palette I swear I had Rihanna’s song “Where have you been all my life” playing in my head. It  is perfection. This is personally my favorite palette. The shades are perfect, and they are all hella pigmented. This palette is definitely not for a beginner or if you are new to contouring. Firstly, because it is a bit pricey so if you are not familiar on how to use the shades it will be a waste of money. Secondly, because the shades are so pigmented if you have a heavy hand it might be a lot of work to blend it out. It can have fall out so be careful of that. Why I prefer it over my other palettes is because I don’t need to build the shades on my medium-tan skin. The powder is finely milled and absorbs on to the skin. If you are on the fence about this palette or the ABH, I definitely recommend going with the Kat Von D.

$46 USD  3 x 0.16 oz Shade  3 x 0.08 oz light

Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette
Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette

Kevyn Aucoin Contour Book

I love Kevyn Aucoin, he is only of my favorite makeup artist and educators so when he came out with a contour book I was obviously going to try it. Honestly, it wasn’t what I expected. I understood the concept behind the contour book where the shades can be multi purpose and can be used for the eyes or face. However, I felt that there was not enough product for the price. And a lot of my contour brushes would not fit in the small square of the book to pick up the product. I loved the sculpting shade and appreciated the cool tone but it was just a hassle trying to get the product on my Nars Ita brush. This is the contour palette I reach for the lease. The quality of the product overall is really good, the powders are finely milled and it doesn’t have a lot of fall out.

$59 USD 1x 0.04 oz 1x 0.08 oz 1x 0.06 oz 3x 0.06 oz

Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Palette
Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Palette

I hope that this post was helpful when deciding on what product to purchase for you. I know that a lot of these products are on the high end side but I will have drug store alternative post in the future.

What are some of your favorite contouring products?

xoxo Sehar
Instagram: MakeupBySehar

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    1. If you are having trouble blending, try contouring first than add light bronzer on top of the contour. This will help with the blending and give you a more seamless contour. You should also try Benefit Hoola bronzer, it is awesome if you are just starting. <3

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