Best Contour Kits & Palettes (As of Oct. 2017)


Ladies, put a smile on your face because contouring is going nowhere and of course, everybody wants to appear like the beautiful bronzed Goddesses, eg. Kim K, JLO and Nicki Minaj. Although heavy contouring should better be left to celebrity makeup artists, concentrating on creating that naturally, sculpted illusion is not out of bounds for you and me.

Believe me, a little contouring can almost create that airbrushed appeal and can slim down your “your own deliberated unpleasant features.” A little sweep of the bronzer in the hollows of your cheeks and a brush of highlighter on your upper cheekbones makes a world of difference. Just make certain, you purchase a contour kit that is two tones darker than your natural skin color.

Today, I have compiled some of my personal favorite bronzing and contouring palettes, which I have broken down according to their individual abilities. They all are spot on in terms of pigmentation, versatility and expectations.

Just remember, to contour correctly, you need a palette that has both highlighters and bronzers to get that perfect contour. Looking for a bronzer solely, will get you nowhere. Each of the below contor and highlight kits will get the look you are after.

A Product of Perfection

You might not be surprised to hear the name of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit which has been raved about on almost every blogger’s blogging abode, for it is one of the best contouring and highlighting palettes anyone can buy! This kit is extremely secure and the pans are tightly protected, it means you will experience no cracks, fallouts or any mess. I apply this bronzer with the real techniques retractable bronzer brush, which is the best one to pick up the product and apply it correctly. The finish is always smooth, the palette is so pigmented, so you must be careful with how much product you apply, but the results are always, flawlessly chiseled cheeks. With this palette, you get so many options to perform basic or advanced contouring so from beginner to experienced, you can’t go wrong with Anastasia bronzer palette.

Helps You Learn Contouring

If I had to choose another top of the range contour kite, I would name the Kat Von D Shade Contour Palette. No doubt the packaging is breathtakingly sturdy and very eye-catching, the real thing are the contour pans themselves. This palette is truly versatile because it contains everything you will require for proper powder contouring. A sweep of this with my Nars kabuki brush is an impeccable way to achieve razor sharp cheeks. I love this palette, the pigmentation is awesome, my contour lasts almost throughout the whole day and I have never experienced any fallout with this palette. If you wish to dig deeper into contouring, this should be one of your top choices.

The Best Budget Option

Seriously, Sleek has some of the best drugstore options (no pun intended) and the Sleek MakeUp Face Form has got me all covered. I mostly use it on an everyday basis because you just need to pat on the bronzer; highlighter and blush in this palette and you’re good to go. This bronzer and highlighter palette also includes one single blush, which turns out to be the perfect coral shade for daily wear. The product is really smooth to the touch and with my Morphe M500 Brush; I feel no difficulty in dabbing the product on. It glides on easily and delivers a lovely, irradiated appeal. Try this, if you can’t be bothered with heavy contouring or putting too much time in getting ready.

A Life Saver

Have you ever seen a palette that can conceal your imperfections and provide them a healthy glow at the same time? Let me introduce you to the NYX Conceal, Correct, Contour Palette. This palette is very creamy and with it, I am able to cover my pimples, correct my dark circles, banish my skin redness and use the contour shades to appear naturally tanned and healthy. It is certainly a life saver and a quick way to fulfill all your needs in a jiffy. I use my fingers to pat the product into my skin and with the real techniques stippling brush; I blend the bronzer into my skin. This is a must have for anyone.

contouring palette for dark skin

contouring kit for pale skin

Some Last Words

There is an erroneous conception that with a bronzer, one tends to appear dark, especially folks who are naturally dark skinned. No! A bronzer only tends to darken you when you apply it wrong. So, learn the techniques of bronzing, before you get indulged in these purchases. I hope your makeup journey goes well. Have a nice day!

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