Single contour sticks may appeal to novices and minimalists; but once you know how to finesse them a little bit, contour kits are equally approachable — and much more versatile. The best contour kits come in either cream or powder forms, and they’re equipped with at least three shades for both contouring and highlighting (and, in some cases, color-correcting) to add dimension to your face.
Your skin tone should be the first factor you consider when choosing a contour kit, of course. Ideally, your contour shade should be about two shades darker than your natural complexion; but a benefit of contour kits is that you can mix a few shades together to create your own, perfectly bespoke shade. Also consider whether you prefer a matte or shimmery finish, especially in your highlighter, as contour shades tend to be matte. And finally, think about how many shades you’re realistically going to use — but remember that these multitaskers can double as eyeshadows, bronzers, or brow fillers, as well.
Ahead, you’ll find eight of the best contour kits you can get right now, no matter your budget, skin tone, skill level, or preferred texture and finish.
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