15 Best Drugstore Contour Kits
What is the big deal over contouring? Everyone seems to be doing it, but if you aren’t on the band wagon just yet, let us convince you. Contouring gives extra shape to the face and also enhances your bone structure. It puts all your best features forward and defines them. Sounds complicated right? It is so easy, here is our guide to contouring, and our favorite drugstore contour kits products to get the look!
1How To Contour
As we said before, from what you have probably read, contouring sounds difficult – but it actually isn’t complicated at all. It is a simple step to integrate into your makeup routine. Think first about what result you want – use powders for a matte finish, if you want something a little dewy, go for creams. Creams give you a more fluid, airbrushed effect too. We recommend dipping your brush in water when applying contour cream to make blending easier. Finish the look off with blush for a flush of color and ta-dah! You will be ready to dazzle!
For beginners, just build the contour around the top of your head, your cheekbones and the bottom of your face, pointing towards your chin to soften the point. Then blend like crazy to avoid left over brown marks – yuck! For highlighting, accentuate your features with a highlighter, it should be two shades lighter than your foundation. It will catch the light and shimmer. Apply your highlighter under your eyes in an upside-down triangle shape, in the middle of your forehead, and the middle of your chin.
Now we have got that covered, here are our favorite drugstore contour kits!
2Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit
Barry M never lets us down. They always provide us with amazing products at drugstore prices. This contour kit is no exception – it features three natural colors to help you get the dream contour and highlight. At the $10 mark you can’t complain! They now also do medium and dark palettes for darker skin tones – another reason why we love them!
3Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour
This Chubby Stick is so practical – perfect if you have to touch up your makeup on the go. It is a favorite amongst beauty gurus and Youtubers. It sculpts and defines without any hassle and is long-wearing too. Plus, as it is a crayon, it is even easier to use – drop that contour brush and apply straight to your face before blending it in. It is also soft on the skin and since it is oil-free, it doesn’t cause any break outs – result!
4e.l.f Contour Palette
The e.l.f Contour Palette is natural, blends easily and is super cheap at $6! It is ideal for beginners, and blends ever so easily! You get great value for money with this contour palette, and is ideal for all skin tones, from pale to darker tones. You also get cute highlights that, despite being natural, are still pigmented. Like the Clinique Chubby Stick, this is also soft and smooth on the skin – so you needn’t worry about pesky breakouts!
5L’Oréal Infallible Sculpt Contour Palette
L’Oréal came out with these practical hand-sized compacts to help you highlight and contour to perfection. Available in a range of tones, they cater to all skin tones. Plus, they are creams, so easy to apply to the skin and blend crazily well! They also give you a contour and highlight guide by pros, and a mirror, so ideal for those days when you’re running late and have to do your makeup on the bus! They have pretty much thought of everything we could possibly need!
6Makeup Geek Contour Powder Pan
We love these Contour Powder Pans from Makeup Geek! They have so much diversity and there is no way you won’t find the color you have been lusting after. By individual pans or buy a pack of 4 for $35 – they are such a great deal! They blend effortlessly and are seriously pigmented – perfection! Our particular favorite is the Infidelity pan, which is ideal for cool to fair skin tones.
7Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette
This palette has 8 gorgeous shades to help you define your favorite features and look even more stunning. The colors are very pigmented, so be careful to not be heavy handed with your contour brush. Makeup Revolution have also thrown in two baked highlights for illumination. They are lush and look almost too good to use! The palette also contains a full-sized mirror so you can check out your look once you have finished.
8Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Contour
Everything you could possibly need in one palette – Maybelline’s kit contains a deep contour, a girly blush and a shiny highlight that are perfect for all occasions, all this, with an angled contour brush, what more could you want? You will get a salon-quality look within minutes! It is easy to take off and to apply, so we would definitely recommend this kit for everyday use. It is also soft on sensitive skin. Even people who love luxury makeup prefer this to their more expensive competitors.
9Nuance Salma Hayek Flawless Finish Contour & Illuminate Duo
After originally releasing her CVS makeup line in 2011, Salma Hayek has relaunched her own original and healthy makeup brand – and we LOVE it! Inspired by “ancient beauty secrets and exotic botanical ingredients”, it has got beauty editors curious. Her contour kit is cruelty-free, with no fragrance, and gives you a healthy glow. Easy to apply, with either a brush or your fingers, it is perfect for a natural everyday look. It comes with a lighter shade for highlighting and illuminating.
10NYX Highlight & Contour Palette
The NYX Highlight & Contour Palette has 8 gorgeous tones to give you a perfect matte finish. This palette is the dream because you can refill the palette, making it cost effective! You can even chose the colors you want in your own palette. The shades last all day but it still lightweight. It blends like a dream too. Some people even use the darker shades for eyeshadow, making it a very versatile kit!
11NYX Wonder Stick
NYX also do Wonder Sticks for contour and highlighting. In a crayon-like shape, it is easy to carry around for last minute touch ups. They are seriously pigmented, despite a low price tag, proving that quality doesn’t always have to reflect on the price. The contour and highlight are creamy and soft on the skin, giving easy application and avoiding breakouts.
12Physician’s Formula Bronzer Booster, Contour & Strobe Palette
Bloggers and beauty gurus have raved about this amazing palette from Physician’s Formula Bronzer Booster. It is a cruelty free and oil-free palette, so no skin disasters! The shades are shimmery and bring a natural shine to your complexion. The three colors flatter all skin tones, but are particularly recommended for fair skin tones. The palette enhances your facial features and nourishes your skin.
13Pixi Strobe & Chisel Palette
Pixi are well known for their high-quality products at very low prices. As well as being cruelty-free, the powders are soft on the skin and come in natural, flattering colors. The yellow shade is perfect for highlighting and the dark brown is ideal for enhancing your cheekbones and getting an on-point contour. We can’t get enough of this kit!
14Rimmel London Kate Sculpting Cosmetic Set
Rimmel London and Kate Moss collaborated on some luscious all-in-one palettes that will give your everything you need on the go. A subtle highlight, a soft contour and a pink blush are combined to give you a stunning look. Whether it is the girl-next-door look or the glamour puss look you are aiming for, this kit will get you there! The palette is available in various colors to flatter your skin tone. We love the rose gold packaging too!
15Sleek MakeUP Cream Contour Kit
Sleek MakeUP have combined gorgeous contour creams for a dewy look – think of Blake Lively’s makeup look for events. The creams sculpt and define your bone structure and can soften other parts. The creams are velvety and blend ever so easily into your skin. Plus, it is cruelty free, what is there not to love?
16Wet n Wild Megaglo Contouring Palette
Wet n Wild have given us the most amazing contouring palette with two creams – one for highlighting and one for contouring. We recommend the Dulce de Leche shade because it is cool-toned and flatters most skin tones, all whilst looking natural. We love the pigmentation on this too!