Best Contour Powder

Best Contour Powder

Contouring is the rage currently with all of the top makeup artists showing off their super sculpted looks on Instagram but contouring has been around for decades. Makeup artists have been using contour techniques for many years in order to create chiseled cheekbones, slim jawlines and noses with sculpting powders and creams. Our main criteria when selecting the best contour powder was to choose the product which most closely resembles the natural shadows of the skin and we did just that.

Best Contour Powder : Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder Medium 

Kevyn Aucoin’s sculpting powder in Medium is the #1 powder if you want to recreate a realistic shadow.  The color is a combination of perfect grey and taupe and cool toned which makes it ideal for contouring. Contrary to popular belief; many bronzers are simply too “warm” to look believable as a contour. It may look ok at night time but in broad daylight it can look orange and very obvious. Real “shadows” are not warm but cool and grayish.

This contour powder can be used on the cheekbones, jawline, nose and forehead in order to slim the face. The powder is super finely milled and very long lasting. It is on the expensive side but still a solid buy considering the fact that most people who aren’t professional makeup artists probably don’t need an entire “contouring kit”. All you need is one contouring powder that looks realistic and mimics a shadow.

How To Use Kevyon Aucoin The Sculpting Powder In Medium 

If you’re contouring your cheekbones it’s recommended to apply Kevyn Aucoin contour powder with an angled brush such as the MAC #168 large angled contour brush or the smaller MAC $109. Start out by creating the shadow underneath your cheek bones into your upper temple. You may also choose to contour along the forehead and jawline for extra dimension. If you want to contour your nose I highly recommend using a tapered blending brush like the MAC 224. Easy does it; you don’t need a ton of product since Kevyn Aucoin contouring powder is extremely pigmented.

What Reviewers Had To Say About Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting, Best Contour Powder 

Many reviewers were delighted that they finally fond a contour powder that looked natural like a real shadow without being too warm like most bronzers with the color, pigment and longevity being umatched. The natural shade which mimics a real shadow makes this our pick for best contour powder.  Reviewers didn’t like the premium price but they loved the natural results.

Who Is Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder For? 

This product is recommended for anyone who is looking for one perfect color. Unless you’re a makeup artist you most likely won’t need a kit (unless you like to collect them or need them for some other reason). This contour powder is so natural looking it can also be used by men who want to add a bit of definition to their face. It’s undetectable when applied sparingly.

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 Best Drugstore Contour Powder : NYX Taupe

The best contour powder available at any drugstore goes to NYX powder blush in Taupe. Like the more expensive Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting powder, NYX Taupe is cool toned and like it’s namesake; taupe colored. This affordable contour powder is the perfect color to use to create that chiseled cheekbone look and perfect for slimming down the nose.

What We Like About NYX Taupe

We like the fact that it can be layered; you can use a few light strokes for a natural contour or apply more product on top for a more dramatic evening look. Due to its buildable coverage, NYX Taupe is the best contour powder for those with lighter skin tones.

What Reviewers Had To Say About NYX Taupe 

First and foremost, many reviewers loved the fact that NYX Taupe is affordable and accessible. Many noted that the color appeared very natural and gave the appearance of a shadow without being warm (NYX Taupe is a cool color). The pigment has noted to be quite excellent without being overly powdery and easy to blend out. It can also be used as a transition color when blending eye shadows in the crease. Many reviewers with paler skin were very pleased with this product.

Pros & Cons 

The main pro is the affordable price. Cons included the cheaper looking packaging and requires patience for proper application.

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