Here's What Pro Makeup Artists Use to Create a Natural Contour
Contouring like a Kardashian isn’t the only way the age-old makeup technique exists. It’s a spectrum, and you can use the method to subtle chistel your face, nose, and more for super natural, perhaps more work-appropriate look. And because stocking your makeup bag is always the first step, we reached out to a few pro makeup artists to find out exactly what they reach for when they’re creating a subdued and understated sculpt.
Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette
"My go-to contour is Laura Mercier Flawless Contour Palette. It's a cream contour, which I find more natural than powder contour, and comes with three contour shades in light, medium, and deep and matches EVERY skin tone. It even has two highlighters and comes with a $50 price-tag, but I can assure you'll have it for years. It's a lot of product and have had mine for over a year now, using almost everyday and haven't touched the bottom yet," says makeup artist Robert Sesnek.
Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder
"The Sculpting Powder by Kevyn Aucoin is perfect soft-pressed powder that gives subtle contour and soft definition without orange streaks or heavy formulas," says Honey Artists makeup artist Azra Red.
Guerlain Terracotta Bronzing Powder
"I'm all about the chiseled effect and to achieve this I like using a bronzer that doesn't have any shimmer. I look for bronzers—not contouring palettes because a bronzer to me looks more natural. It created a sun-kissed glow rather then harsh shadows. I really like Guerlain! They blend so beautifully and they offer different ranges," says makeup artist Kira Nasrat.
CHANEL LES BEIGES HEALTHY GLOW SHEER COLOUR
"I'm into powder contouring products especially for the summertime, or for those with oily or acne-prone skin. Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15 comes in a sheer, translucent consistency, so your skin doesn't ever look caked on. It comes in few different shades, so for contouring, I suggest picking a color few shades darker than your natural skin tone," says Honey Artists makeup artist Min Min Ma.
Wander Beauty On-The-Glow Bronzer and Illuminator
"I love Wander Beauty Cream Contour/Bronzer Stick. The cream contour is super buttery and blends beautifully for a natural contoured look," says celebrity makeup artist Vincent Oquendo.
Tata Harper Very Bronzing Tint
"The texture is incredibly blendable as well and perfect for those who have drier or more mature skin or just prefer a cream over a powder," says Honey Artists makeup artist Suzy Gerstein of the Tata Harper Very Bronzing Tint.
Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Palette
"It's the easiest product to use to get a natural contour because it's so smooth and blends! They sell it in two tones, and there's also a great brush if you want to get super crafty! Obsessed!" says celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg.