Contouring is a practically ubiquitous makeup technique that all the contemporary ladies would die for. Whether you take Kim Kardashian or Bella Hadid accountable for the same, the hyper-chiseled features will anyway remain a long-running hot trend. This is why getting our hands on some amazing contour kits is the need of hour. There is a wide array of contouring products rolled out by brands. Majority of them aren’t budget-friendly. Meanwhile, some would either cross out foundation, or they wouldn’t have sufficient shades to suit medium or dusky skin, or they simply wouldn’t blend right.
To really know what is over-hyped and pick the one that’s worth the investment becomes quite a tough job. To simplify the same, we’ve here a list of most reliable contouring products compiled, especially for the Indian skin tones.
This contour stick from NYX is easy to blend. It has a creamy finish that makes it easy and breezy, especially the beginners, to highlight, conceal and contour like a pro. This contour stick doesn’t make the complexion look muddy. Also, it is available in 4 different shade combinations to suit every skin tone: Light, Medium/Tan, Deep, and Universal.
This all-in-one contouring stick by Maybelline quickly accentuates the features with its contouring shade and highlighter. It comes in a handy dandy packaging, with both the shades in one compact cylindrical stick. It blends beautifully and comes in two shades – for light to medium skin tone and for medium to dark skin tone. The product has a creamy consistency. However, just when the product is blended out on the skin, they set into a matte finish for a shimmery glow without greasy effect. The contour doesn’t show up in one stroke. Although it is easy-to-blend and buildable. So, it calls for your patience to do layers as per your preference. The product has a creamy texture and glides easily, without leaving any harsh line. They would last for up to 4-5 hours if not set with powder.
The best part about LA Girl is that it rolls out a variety of shades in any product category that they introduce – be it bronzers, concealers, or contouring palettes.
Available in eight cream duos, this creamy palette has a smooth and buttery formula that would beautifully blend for a flawless-looking, chiseled face. Their creamy formula effortlessly blends and sets into a matte finish post application, making them an ideal pick for people with textured or oily skin.
The drama that a good highlighter and blush could do is often underrated. They play a pivotal role in sharply lifting and sculpting the face. This makes it worthwhile for making an investment in multi-purpose contour palettes. The Sugar Contour De Force Palette comes with a blush, a highlighter, and a contouring powder. These trio of intensely pigmented pans make them stand out. The product blends so seamlessly into the skin, it’s long-lasting finesse and the way it would cut out for the medium and dusky skin tones as well.
Makeup Revolution Ultra Sculpt and Contour Kit is a worthwhile investment. It is a trio of highlighter, bronzer/blush, and contour. Intensely saturated with pigment, one swipe of the product goes a long way. The product is available in two shades – one with bronzer and the other with blush.
Don’t let the product picture bamboozle you – the quantity is quite immense! The Colorbar Flawless Touch Contour and Highlighter has such a rich, smooth and buttery formula that it would blend like a dream. If you covet a skin that looks naturally sculpted – this product is the right fit. It has a soft and beautiful texture. The highlighter here is muted – mainly because the product is crafted to give you a subtle brightness than a blinding glow.
This easy-to-use contouring palette by Wet n Wild is a duo of complementary shades that gives a flawlessly chiseled face in no time. It has a easy-to-blend formula and buildable color that won’t crease. When the deeper shade in the palette helps add a dimension to the face, the lighter shade is a yellow-toned banana powder that highlights the under-eye and mouth area. It is a subtle contouring palette that shades the skin perfectly. The product come in two shades – Dulce De Leche and Caramel Toffee. We recommend Caramel Toffee for warm-toned Indian skin.
Taupe – a cool toned, intermediate shade between dark brown and gray is highly underrated, and that makes this palette its’ signature. People often confuse contouring with bronzing since they are often layered on the same zones of the face. The idea of contouring is all around creating shadows, and not warming the skin up while bronzer would give a tanned or a sun-kissed kind of glow. This is why using a cool-toned product for contouring brings out much more natural-looking results.
Dark skin beauties don’t really have sufficient options for contouring products; however, Nicka K is an exception. It comes in a handy palette with two contour colors. The matte colors in the two pans are blendable, intensely pigmented and high on color payoff. You can define the features from a darker shade by adding the lighter shade around it to soften it. This in process makes the blending game as easy as pie.
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