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15 Contour Palettes That Suit Different Skin Tones

Sculpted cheekbones made easy!

by Nicole M. Arcano | Nov 14, 2018

With a contour kit, you have everything you need all in one palette! So in case you don’t have one in your collection yet, now is the time to shop! After all, who doesn’t love a do-it-all product? 

Whether you’re a makeup artist or you simply love glamming yourself up, a contour palette is one of the most versatile products you need to own. Not only can it be used to sculpt your face, the wide range of color options (and finishes!) available allows you to transform any pan into an eyeshadow, highlighter, or even a brow-filler! That said, if you are a makeup artist, contour kits can’t be any more perfect; imagine not having to buy separate contour products and depotting them to accommodate clients with different skin tones. 

1. MAC Studio Fix Sculpt and Shape Contour Palette

This kit has three matte contour powders and three soft-focus highlighters that apply sheer on the skin for a natural sculpt and glow. To accommodate all skin tones, it comes in two kinds: Light/Medium for fair to medium skin, and Medium/Dark for medium to deep skin.

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MAC Studio Fix Sculpt and Shape Contour Palette in Light Medium, P3500, SM Megamall

2. EB Advance Shade and Light Contour Palette

Complete an all-matte look with this shine-free sculpting kit with neutral contour shades that cast a subtle shadow on the skin. The highlighting powders are matte, too, so you can use them to brighten your undereye area and everywhere else you want to standout!

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EB ADVANCE Shade and Light Contour Palette, P415, Department stores

3. BYS Contour Trio

The various finishes of this blush, highlighter, and contour trio are perfect for achieving a multi-dimensional sculpt. The blush also doubles as a bronzer!

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BYS Contour Trio, P449, Beauty Beat

4. Smashbox Step By Step Contour Kit

Contouring isn't the easiest makeup technique to master, which is why Smashbox arranged the shades in this palette in the order that you should be using them. Start from the leftmost shade to define, and then go towards the right to bronze and highlight! 

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SMASHBOX Step By Step Contour Kit, P2400, Beauty Bar

5. Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

This palette features six smooth and silky powders for all your face-defining needs, and it’s one of Anatasia’s best-selling products to date. The most popular shade by far is Banana, a bright yellow that works amazing as a color corrector and a matte highlighter.

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ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Contour Kit, P2790, Sephora.ph

6. Kat Von D Shade + Light Refillable Crème Contour Palette

If you have dry skin that just can’t get along with a powder contour, opt for a cream contour instead! The shades in this refillable palette, for one, leave a velvet-like finish that'll glide right over dry patches but won’t leave your skin greasy. It’s also incredibly pigmented, so a little goes such a long way!

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KAT VON D Shade + Light Refillable Crème Contour Palette, P2812, Sephora.ph

7. Sleek Makeup Face Form in Light

The contouring powder in this palette is a tad warmer than usual, so it's just the right shade for a subtle bron-tour (bronzer + contour). The palette also comes with a highlighter and a beautiful rose gold blush, so you can define and add color to those cheekbones anywhere, any time. 

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SLEEK MAKEUP Face Form in Light, P875, SM Beauty

8. Pixi Strobe & Sculpt

For those who prefer makeup that's paraben-free, this product is for you. Strobe & Sculpt fulfills both your contouring and highlighting needs in one multi-colored palette, thanks to a range of multi-tasking shimmery and matte shades.

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PIXI Strobe & Sculpt, P1300, Glamourbox

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9. Jane Irindale Great Shape Contour Kit

This cheek trio gives you a set of definer shades for your skin's undertone wrapped in sleek, rose gold packaging. Choose between the warm- and the cool-toned palettes to get your match, and enjoy the highlighter and blush that goes with it!

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JANE IREDALE Great Shape Contour Kit, P2550, Rustan's

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10. Happy Skin Feeling Sculptacular Face Contour Kit

New to contouring? The shades and the packaging of Happy Skin’s contour kit have you completely covered. Containing only two shades, you know exactly what each shade is for, and thanks to the face chart printed on the palette itself, you’ll always remember where each color goes.

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HAPPY SKIN Feeling Sculptacular Face Contour Kit, P1299, SM Aura 

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11. Max Factor Miracle Contouring Palette

Because makeup is all about options, options, and more options, this cream contour kit gives you a whopping eight shades to choose from for every makeup sesh. You can even mix different ones to get the perfect color! 

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MAX FACTOR Miracle Contouring Palette, P995, Zalora 

12. Benefit The Complexionista

The Complexionista has some of Benefit’s most popular bronzer and highlighters, such as the Hoola and Watt’s Up, but what makes it more unique is that it also includes two concealer shades at the top row so you have your base quite literally covered.

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BENEFIT The Complexionista, P2120, Freyja Glorietta 2

13. Mark. By Avon Dual Cheek Color & Highlighter in Basking Beauty

Both shades in this duo have a subtle sheen, so expect to come out of your contouring session a glowing goddess. This duo comes in handy if you’re not looking for a particularly precise sculpt but instead need a set of colors that’ll add dimension and sparkle to dull or dry skin.

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MARK. BY AVON Dual Cheek Color & Highlighter in Basking Beauty, P399, Beautymnl

14. J. Cat Beauty Quad Spectrum Palette in Contour

It may look like an eyeshadow palette, but this petite square has four versatile creams made to define your features. Use the shades on the top row as your highlighters, and make the most out of the bottom row to sculpt your cheekbones, jawline, and nose!

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J. CAT BEAUTY Quad Spectrum Palette in Contour, P369, Uptown Mall

15. Pop Beauty Contour 101 in Matte Effect

Is it obvious that we love ourselves a cheek trio? The warm and peachy hues on this one look so flattering on warm-toned skin, and for the price, you’re getting three pigmented powders and a helpful face chart to help you practice your technique.

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POP BEAUTY Contour 101 in Matte Effect, P850, Glamourbox

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