8 Contour Kits Loved By Newbies and Pros That Are Great For Asian Skin Tones
Kim Kardashian may not be into contouring as much nowadays but it’s still a useful step to add drama to your look or when you want to define your natural bone structure. Whether contouring is an essential part of your makeup routine or reserved for a night out, every girl has got to have at least one contour palette in their arsenal. If you’re a contouring newbie or just looking to add on to your makeup collection, here are some of the best contour palettes out on the market. Plus, they work for all Asian skin tones.
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Sephora Collection Flawless Face Palette, $36
This palette comes in three variations—light, medium and deep—and has a combination of powder and cream textures that blend seamlessly to add definition and bring light at all the right angles. Application instructions are written on the inside of the packaging, so you’ll have no problem creating your ideal look even if you’re a total newbie.
Anastasia Beverly Hills The Original Contour Kit, $70
Boasting a mix of contour, highlight and corrector shades in matte and shimmer finishes, this palette allows you to truly sculpt your features while creating a multi-dimensional glow. The finely-milled powders blend seamlessly and offer buildable coverage. Plus, it’s available in two shade options that cater to light, medium and deep skin tones.
Smashbox The Cali Contour Palette, $58
Available in two variations—Light to Medium and Medium to Dark—this palette is ideal for most skin tones. The six pans include two of the brand’s best-selling contour shades, highlighters and blush, so you can create a neutral lifted look or achieve a sculpted, sun-kissed glow like you spent the day at Sentosa.
Too Faced Cocoa Contour Cocoa-Infused Contouring and Highlighting Palette, $65
This vegan, cruelty-free brand has a new contour kit for that naturally lifted effect. It has six matte shades that range from light to deep and are effortlessly buildable, allowing you to sculpt your face like a true artist. These powders are also infused with the brand’s Cocoa Complex, which is chock-full of antioxidants to keep your skin looking supple and radiant.
Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette, $73
Take artistry shading into your own hands with Kat Von D’s Shade + Light Contour palette. It features a set of three contouring and three highlighting shades for you to sculpt, chisel and shape your face. We also love its versatility: You can custom blend these matte shades accordingly to suit your skin tone.
Tarte Tarteist PRO Glow Highlight & Contour Palette, $80
Want to glow like a pro? Then try Tarte’s PRO Glow Highlight & Contour palette that is formulated with nutrient-rich Amazonian clay and other ‘healthy’ ingredients. This palette contains more highlighting shades than contouring ones, so if you’re more of a highlighting person, this is the palette for you. The two contour shades come in two finishes: one powder and the other in cream. We love the colour payoff of this palette; a little goes a long way and the shades are ultra-blendable and easy to use.
Zoeva Cream Contour Spectrum, $40
The lightweight Zoeva Cream Contour Spectrum contains powders that glide onto your face like a dream, allowing you to sculpt your natural features without too much fuss. This palette contains six different shades spanning the spectrum from light to dark, which gives you lots of versatility when it comes to custom blending. This has a formula that’s enriched with skin-softening vitamin E, and you can choose from a matte or pearl finish, depending on your mood and outfit.
It Cosmetics My Sculpted Face, $58
This palette from It Cosmetics comes with an easy-to-follow manual on how to contour and highlight. Bonus: This was developed in collaboration with leading plastic surgeons and formulated with anti-ageing ingredients, so that means you can look great in a matter of minutes and nourish your skin in the long run too. Like the Zoeva palette, this comes in two finishes: matte and pearl. It’s portable, too, with a ‘regular’ mirror and a magnified one to really zero in on the details.