Since contouring won’t be going away anytime soon, we might as well embrace it! I’ve heard a lot of people say that they’ve tried it but it didn’t really work for them, but contouring does wonders for EVERYBODY! You don’t necessarily have to put it on heavily (and daily) Kim Kardashian-West style, but it helps enhance your makeup by creating shadows and intensifying highlights. Trust me– it makes a difference! It does take some practice to get the hang of it, and believe it or not, not every contouring product out there in the market will work for you. I’ve found that there are several factors that you need to consider before buying a palette. Here are the best contouring products for your skin type and skin tone:
DRY SKIN: If you have dry skin, you’ll get the best results with cream contours. This will help keep your skin from drying even more, and your dry skin actually serves as a great base to prevent the shifting of the product (I would know, I have oily skin and I’ve had creamy bronzer end up looking like dalmatian spots on my skin after a long day). You can even use shimmery/dewy/creamy highlighters (I’m already peanut butter and jelly). A beautyblender is the perfect tool to get the flawless, contoured look!
OILY SKIN: If you have oily skin (like I do, I mean really I’m a walking deep fryer), stick to powders and mattes. Creams will shift on you throughout the day, and anything too shimmery will double the upcoming mid-day shine. I will say that shimmery, powdered highlighters aren’t too bad if you need that somewhat dewy effect. Just make sure it’s all powdered. If you are using ones with a cream consistency, just make sure it’s really thick and that you use setting powder on top of it.
Ulta Contour Kit, $18
ACNE/PROBLEMATIC: If you have acne/problematic/combination/what have you skin (which I also feel is my skin type as well), it may be best to use concealer palettes or sticks. These provide heavier coverage and can help you achieve a flawless look even if you feel like your skin isn’t.
Light Skin Tone: I honestly feel like it’s hard to find great palettes for those with light skin tone. A lot of the contouring products out there might already seem way too dark, so be cautious my friends! Don’t be afraid to sample some products first before buying. If all else fails, there are several darker shade concealers at your disposal!
Medium Skin Tone: I fall into this category, and most of the time we have enough products for medium skin tones. The only thing you have to make sure of is that whatever product you get, that it’s about two shades darker than your skin. You don’t want it to look unnatural, and as I’ve learned, some palettes can be deceiving. I’ve bought a few that looked like it was darker than my skin tone, but I tried it on and it merely looked like powder foundation on me.
Deep Skin Tone: Contouring for deeper skin tones can be tricky in so many ways. My suggestion is to focus more on the highlighting to help create a contrast with the natural shadows of your face, and at the same time use something more similar to a bronzer to add more dimension.
Cool Undertones: If you have cool undertones in your skin (veins appear mostly blue on your wrist), then stick with a more taupe/ashy shade of brown for contouring.
Warm Undertones: If you have warm undertones in your skin (veins on your wrist appear more green), choose a more dark caramel/coffee shade for contouring.
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