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These Are the Best Contouring Products for Beginners on a Budget

New to contouring? Here's a starter pack.
These Are the Best Contouring Products for Beginners on a Budget
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New to contouring? Here's a starter pack.

Though not everyone is contouring as intensely as they did in 2015, we're definitely still sculpting our faces one way or another. A full face of makeup no longer looks the same without it, unfortunately.

That said, from a beginner's point of view, the process is definitely still intimidating. All the products, application techniques, and tools required for the job only makes it harder to digest. The solution? Start out with a contour stick that can give you that effect with as little effort as possible—no Kardashian-level blending skills required.

Ahead, we rounded up seven of the best formulas you can add to your kit for that photo-ready chisel.

Best Contour Sticks for Beginners

1. Careline Multi Stick in Contour

From contour, blush, to highlighter, Careline's Multi Stick line has everything a beginner needs in their kit. But if you're buying just one thing, make it their contour stick. Because for less than 250 pesos, you're getting a creamy cool-toned shade that barely looks like makeup once blended in.

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Multi Stick in Contour, P220, CARELINE, Lazada

2. Vice Cosmetics Multiganda One & Done Contour Stick

This sculpting stick from Vice Cosmetics takes the guesswork out of chiseling those cheekbones with its blendable formula and convenient retractable packaging. For a subtle contour, try the shade Push; for a deeper, bronzer-like finish, shop the shade Achieve.

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MultigandaOne & Done Contour Stick, P295, VICE COSMETICS, Lazada

3. GRWM Cosmetics Radiance Tint in Cocoa

Concealers are amazing alternatives to contour sticks if they're in the right shade. For medium to deep-skinned complexions, the GRWM Cosmetics Radiance Tint in the shade Cocoa is one of your best options locally. Not only is the color a perfectly neutral brown, the concealer itself is buildable enough to customize your sculpt.

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Radiance Tint in 36 Cocoa, P349, GRWM COSMETICS, Shopee

4. Detail Cosmetics Clay Pen in Craft

The slim, crayon-like packaging of Detail's Clay Pen in Craft is a shoo-in for nose contouring. It'll let you draw precise lines and blend them seamlessly onto your skin, preventing any harsh marks. You can repurpose it as an eyeshadow as well, whether as a wash of color on the lids or as a crease contour.

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Clay Pen in Craft, P249, DETAIL COSMETICS, Shopee

5. Blk Cosmetics Life-Proof Airy Concealer in Cocoa

This concealer from Blk Cosmetics was made to be a multi-tasker. The shade in Cocoa, for one, can work both as a concealer for deep skin tones and a contouring product for fair to medium skin. While not exactly a stick, it has a slim doe foot applicator that lets it function the same way.

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Life-Proof Airy Concealer in Cocoa, P399, BLK COSMETICS, Lazada

6. Etude House Play 101 Stick

Etude House's Play 101 Stick is K-beauty's answer to the western contouring trend. It has a dual-ended design, featuring a medium brown contour cream on one end, and a cream highlighter on the other. With three shades to choose from, you can decide if you want a warmer sculpt or a true cool-toned contour.

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Play 101 Stick, P660, ETUDE HOUSE, Lazada

Bonus: Rare Beauty Warm Wishes Effortless Bronzer Stick

Its price might be a bit steep for a beginner, but there's a reason why Rare Beauty's bronzer stick is always sold out online. Next to being a dream to apply, it also comes in the stunning shades that perfectly mimic a sun-kissed look on just about any skin tone. You'll love this if you prefer a "brontour" vibe over a traditional contour.

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Warm Wishes Effortless Bronzer Stick, P1550, RARE BEAUTY, Sephora

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