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The Top 10 Best Contours in India | Updated May 2021

best contour for beginners

94%

Our Score

Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer
  • Amazing coverage
  • Very easy to use
  • Best Contouring product

84%

Our Score

Rimmel London Sculpting Kit
  • Highlight, Blush and Contour
  • Great coverage
  • Long Stay

91%

Our Score

Nyx Professional Makeup Highlight and Contour Pro Palette
  • Variety of shades
  • Highlight and Contour
  • Premium product
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Ever wondered how the models you drool over in magazines have such sharp features? Crystal cut noses, sharp jawlines and chiselled cheek bones? How great would it be if you could nail this look at home and look just like a supermodel? You can, with the power of Contour.

Contours and Concealers are considered to be the fashion power tools. A good contour can take your look from Basic to Vogue in just a few seconds. Working with contours might be tricky and need some practising. But with this article you don’t need to go one second searching for the best contours for you.

  1. Tarte Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer

Critik Overall Rating
96%

Our Review

“One of the best contours in the world and raved by all makeup experts worldwide, the Shape Tape Contour and Conceal wand is truly a masterstroke“
  • Quantity – 8gms
  • Best Overall Contour
  • Creamy contour formula

FORMULA

98%

COLOR PAY OFF

99%

EASY OF APPLICATION

99%

VALUE FOR MONEY

97%

USER RATING

92%

Product Features :

The Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer is by far the most raved about and hyped product on the internet. This contouring device comes with 8gms of creamy formula in a bottle with a fluffy applicator wand that makes precise strokes for clean cut application and contouring. The formula is enriched with skin benefitting ingredients for that extra glow up. This is one of the best contouring products in the global market.

Pros : Cons :
Creamy, pigmented formula Expensive
Mango seed, Shea Butter extracts Might dry out skin
Easy precise application
Travel friendly packaging
Premium Product appeal

  1. Rimmel London Sculpting Kit

Critik Overall Rating
92%

Our Review

“A collaboration with Kate Moss, This palette is a dream come true for celebrity product lovers with its highlighter, blush and contouring powder pans“
  • Quantity – 18gms
  • Best Budget Friendly Contour
  • Contouring powder kit

FORMULA

95%

COLOR PAY OFF

95%

EASY OF APPLICATION

93%

VALUE FOR MONEY

95%

USER RATING

70%

Product Features :

Created with the finesse and passion of the model cum actress Kate Moss, this contouring kit is amazing for your on the go contouring requirements. The palette contains a shimmery highlighter, a glowing blush and a deep contouring pan that creates stunning looks. The powders are very pigmented and have excellent coverage. Use this best face contour brush to correct the bridge of nose, cheeks, jawline and forehead for a chiselled look.
Pros : Cons :
Excellent color pay off Contains highlight and blush also
Instant face sculpting tools Not a standalone product
Light weight, flash proof
Super blendable formula
Very pigmented

  1. NYX Professional Makeup Long Lasting Highlight and Contour Pro Palette

Critik Overall Rating
89%

Our Review

“A very unique and versatile palette for all your contouring requirements, this palette gives you the ability to experiment with various shades and highlights“
  • Quantity – 21.6gms
  • Best Premium Product
  • 4 highlight 4 contour shades

FORMULA

91%

COLOR PAY OFF

91%

EASY OF APPLICATION

88%

VALUE FOR MONEY

89%

USER RATING

88%

Product Features :

The NYX professional palette comes with a combination of various shades of highlighting and contouring shades that helps makeup artists and salon experts to create mesmerising looks. This palette is created for makeup experts but is equally easy to use for beginners and novices. The palette has refillable pans that are amazing for those who like to keep to one product. Product contains super fine, bendable and pigmented powders.  It is one of the best contour for oily skin.

Pros : Cons :
Contains highlighter shades Not very travel friendly
Creates chiselled cheekbones Expensive
Pigmented shades
Very attractive package
Refillable pans

  1. E.l.f Cosmetics Contour Palette

Critik Overall Rating
86%

Our Review

“One of the best drugstore brand globally, the pigmented and super light and creamy contouring powder by Elf Contour Palette makes it one of the best choice“
  • Quantity – 16gms
  • Best Light skin contour
  • Powder Contouring Product

FORMULA

88%

COLOR PAY OFF

89%

EASY OF APPLICATION

89%

VALUE FOR MONEY

87%

USER RATING

88%

Product Features :

Elf cosmetics is a popular drugstore brand globally and has one of the best assorted range of face care solutions and cosmetics. This palette has one highlighter shade and 3 shades with varying degrees of contouring shades that suits all skin tones universally. This palette can double up as eyeshadow and a light blush as well. The packaging is subtle and premium. The powder has a soft sheen and is super fine and blendable.

Pros : Cons :
1 Highlight, 3 Contours Expensive
Super fine powder Suits lighter skin tone better
Matte finish
Blendable and pigmented
Very light on the skin

  1. Physicians Formula Glow Boosting Strobe and Contour Palette

Critik Overall Rating
82%

Our Review

“Physicians Formula has a wide range of contouring and bronzing powders and it is truly a hard choice to choose the best one out of all the gorgeous palettes“
  • Quantity – 9gms
  • Best Strobing Contour Palette
  • Glow and Contour kit

FORMULA

84%

COLOR PAY OFF

84%

EASY OF APPLICATION

83%

VALUE FOR MONEY

85%

USER RATING

58%

Product Features :

This palette looks so beautiful and ethereal that it’s easy to fall in love at first sight. But wait, it gets better! The super blendable buttery contour shades have a soft subtle gleam to it making it a combination of bronzer and contour. Helps to define the shape of your face while giving your face that perfect tanned appearance. The strobe pan has a brilliant highlight shade that will transform you into a goddess.

Pros : Cons :
1 Highlight, 2 contour shades Not very travel friendly
Buttery consistency Might shatter if not packed carefully
Very blendable shades
Glowing shimmers
Very attractive product design

  1. Maybelline New York Master Studio V-Shape Contour Duo Stick

Critik Overall Rating
79%

Our Review

“One of the most used and purchased cosmetics brand around the world, The Maybelline Contour duo stick is slick, chic and ultra portable“
  • Quantity – 9gms
  • Best Travel Friendly Contour
  • Highlighter and Contour Stick

FORMULA

79%

COLOR PAY OFF

79%

EASY OF APPLICATION

81%

VALUE FOR MONEY

80%

USER RATING

76%

Product Features :

Maybelline New York is one of the most familiar cosmetics brands around the world. This global product is one of their most creative innovations. The Master Studio V-Shape Contour Duo Stick has a creamy consistency and has a dual purpose with both a highlighter and a contour end on either side. The contour end helps create depth to the face whereas the highlighter and creates visibility and shape to the face.

Pros : Cons :
Creamy, blendable formula Expensive
Highlighter for high points Rarely available in India
Contour for depths
Creates amazing looks
Travel friendly

  1. Wet n Wild Color Icon Contouring Palette

Critik Overall Rating
75%

Our Review

“Wet and wild is one of the best contours among drugstore products and this contouring product is amazing to create those magazine like sharp chiselled jawlines and cheekbones“
  • Quantity – 12.5gms
  • Best Affordable Contour
  • Large Pan product

FORMULA

78%

COLOR PAY OFF

79%

EASY OF APPLICATION

79%

VALUE FOR MONEY

80%

USER RATING

86%

Product Features :

The Wet n Wild Megaglo Contouring palette is one of their most sold products. The product is a basic sculpting kit with a highlighter and a contouring powder on a large paan. Using a contouring brush, you can easily pick up the powder and apply to the hollows of the cheeks and jawline for a perfect sculpted look. The highlighter is great for forehead, cheek, nose and chin, where there is shine.

Pros : Cons :
Large Pan size Not good for travelling
Comes with highlighter Fine powder tends to spill
Super fine, pigmented formula
Very good coverage
Great for sharp contours

  1. Makeup Revolution Ultra Brightening Contour Kit

Critik Overall Rating
72%

Our Review

“Makeup Revolution Brightening and Contour kit is a revolutionary product with 3 distinct ways to highlight, sculpt and shape your face in a jiffy“
  • Quantity – 10.8gms
  • Best Dark Skin tone Contour
  • Highlighter, Blush and Contour

FORMULA

75%

COLOR PAY OFF

75%

EASY OF APPLICATION

74%

VALUE FOR MONEY

74%

USER RATING

78%

Product Features :

The Makeup revolution Ultra brightening Contour kit is the best contour makeup and it contains a highlighter, a blush and a contour powder. This palette comes in 2 shades – Fair and Medium and contains different shades of highlighter, blush and Contours for each. The highlighter can be used under the brows, on the cheeks, on the nose and chin, whereas the contour is great to create soft contours around the cheeks, jawline and nose. The blush helps in giving an overall flushed effect.

Pros : Cons :
Highlighter, blush and Contour The Medium palette has dark colours
Shimmery soft highlighter Suitable for dark skin tones
Soft milled powder
Has a soft shimmery effect
Gives a subtle contour

  1. Smashbox The Cali Contour Shape, Bronze and Glow Palette

Critik Overall Rating
68%

Our Review

“Smashbox cosmetics have a unique take on all their product and this Cali Contour palette is inspired by the California Sun, beaches and the lovely sunsets“
  • Quantity – 19gms
  • Best Versatile Contour Palette
  • 6 distinct makeup pans

FORMULA

71%

COLOR PAY OFF

70%

EASY OF APPLICATION

70%

VALUE FOR MONEY

69%

USER RATING

86%

Product Features :

The Cali Contour palette is one of the most amazing palettes out there. This palette is inspired by natural hues from the California sunsets, beaches and the lovely Californian weather. The palette contains 1 blush, 2 shimmery highlights, 2 Contour powders and 1 bronzer. It is one of the best versatile products, this palette has amazing colours that will get you the fresh-off-the-cruise look. The shades are inspired by summers and sunsets and give you a beautiful shimmery California shine.

Pros : Cons :
6 products in 1 Expensive
2 Pearlescent highlighters Shades suit lighter skin tones
1 Matte Blush
2 Contouring Powders
Travel friendly packaging

  1. Colorbar Flawless Touch Contour and Highlight Kit

Critik Overall Rating
66% 

Our Review

“Colorbar Flawless touch recreates the power and versatility of a compact pressed powder for a contouring powder with minimal effort and maximum effect“
  • Quantity – 12gms
  • Best Compact Contouring kit
  • Pressed Powder format

FORMULA

69%

COLOR PAY OFF

69%

EASY OF APPLICATION

70%

VALUE FOR MONEY

69%

USER RATING

80%

Product Features :

The Colorbar Flawless Touch Contour kit has both a contouring powder and a highlighting powder that helps in creating the illusion of perfect chiselled cheek and jaw line. The formula is very creamy but is a powder that can be easily picked up by a brush and applied on the go. The product is also very travel friendly and is no doubt one of the most portable contouring kits on our list of best contours.

Pros : Cons :
Portable design Dark contouring powder
Highlighter included May suit only few skin tones
Sericite and Optical Technology
Compact design
Affordable

How to Use your Contour the Right Way | Buying Guide

Contouring is an extreme sport even with the best contours in hand. It takes patience, skills and practising. In this section, you will find some amazing tips to contour your face with ease and without any fuss.

1.Choose the right shade

The first step is to choose the right shade of contour. Contour needs to be 2 tones darker than your face color to create the right shadow effect. Match your skin tone or the foundation with your contour and choose the right contour shade. You can choose from liquid, powder or creamy contour sticks.

2.Mark off the Area

Contours need to be applied in areas that need to be depressed so that you can get an overall shape for your face such as under the cheek bone, the jaw line, either side of the bridge of the nose and the temples going up to the forehead.

3.Blend, Blend, Blend

Once you mark these areas with a little bit of contour, blend with a contouring brush for sharp contouring features or a damp beauty blender for a soft contoured look. Always blend upwards and outwards.

4.Setting the contour

Once you have blended the contours, make sure you set the contour with a shade matched setting powder of the same colour. This is important for liquid and cream contours. Or you can spray a setting spray all over the area and seal the look.

 

FAQ's

1.Are contours safe for skin?

Most contour products are safe on skin and are tested on skin for skin safety. Always buy a trustworthy brand with a dermatological tests or skin safety tests assurance on it.

2.Why does one need contouring?

Contours help in providing shape to the face by making your cheeks, nose, jawline and forehead look chiselled and pop out. They are very helpful in covering up double chins and full cheeks.

3.What is the difference between contours and bronzers?

A bronzer creates a subtle, sun kissed effect wherever you need a little bit of contouring whereas contours help you in achieving definition to the face and create clear shape for your face.

4. What are the alternatives to contours?

Foundation that is 2 shades darker, concealer that is 2 shades darker, bronzing powder, dark brown eyeshadows that is a shade lighter than your skin tone etc all are alternatives to contours.

5.What is the secret to the best contouring effect?

Blending is key, choosing the right shade is even more important. Choose the right areas on your face that need to be contoured for the perfect, chiselled look you have been eyeing.