Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit | $40 @ sephora.com
For Sir John, whose clients include Beyoncé + Joan Smalls, it's all about shade range when it comes to contouring. "Anastasia of Beverly Hills Contour Kit is probably one of the most popular + has the greatest range in shades, which makes it easy for anyone to use, whether they be from Harlem or Hong Kong," he says.
LIGHT TO MEDIUM: Vanilla (pale cream), Banana (pale yellow), Sand (radiant chiffon), Java (mocha), Fawn (tawny) + Havana (warm russet).
MEDIUM TO TAN: 10K (sheer gold), Peaches & Cream (bright peach), Macchiato (golden tan), Nutmeg (warm sand), Havana (warm russet), + Espresso (rich chocolate).
DEEP: Earth (deep golden brown), Cinnamon (reddish brown), Espresso (rich chocolate), Latte (radiant cream), Nutmeg (warm sand), + L’Orange (vivid orange).
Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Palette | $45 @ sephora.com
For an all-in-one product, makeup artist Jaleesa Jaikaran–she's worked for everyone from Jeremy Scott to Zac Posen–always reaches for Make Up For Ever's Pro Sculpting Palette. "It's versatile + blends seamlessly into the skin. It's a full look in one palette + it has a color for every skin tone," she says. "You can contour, color correct, + highlight all in one."
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Julianne Kaye, the makeup pro behind Britney Spears, Gigi Hadid, + Gisele Bündchen's flawless looks, is a huge fan of the palette as well: "I especially like to work with cream for contour because I have better control with blending + I can do it under the foundation or afterwards depending on the look."
Choose the palette that matches your skintone (sold separately):
Pro Sculpting Face Palette #20: Light skintones
Pro Sculpting Face Palette #30: Medium skintones
Pro Sculpting Face Palette #40: Tan skintones
Pro Sculpting Face Palette #50: Dark skintones
Fiona Stiles Sheer Sculpting Palette | $28 @ fionastilesbeauty.com or ulta.com
When celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles couldn't find the perfect contour palette, she created her own. "I made the Fiona Stiles Sheer Sculpting Palette because I found most contours to be too opaque, making it look less believable," she says. "What I love about this one is that it gives real depth + come in two different tones, light/medium + medium/dark."
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation | $60 @ chanel.com
Sometimes you have to think a little bit outside the box when it comes to contouring. Just ask Patrick Ta, makeup guru to Kendall Jenner, Olivia Munn, + Chrissy Teigen. While not technically a palette, Patrick's contour go-to, Chanel Les Beiges Foundation, "leaves an effortless shadow + bronzes at the same time."
A smooth, glide-on formula for a fresh, radiant complexion. Defends skin against environmental aggressors and provides broad-spectrum sun protection. In 14 versatile, natural-looking shades.
Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book: The Art of Sculpting + Defining Volume II | $65 @ sephora.com
For a sculpted look, Tara Lauren, whose client list includes some of TV's biggest stars, goes for Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book: The Art of Sculpting + Defining Volume II. "This palette comes in a cute compact that consists of a sculpting cream, highlight, + powder," Lauren says. "Used together or separate, these products leave you with a beautiful natural glow."
This set contains:
(+) 0.17 oz The Celestial Powder in Candlelight, Sculpting
(+) 0.04 oz The Celestial Powder in Starlight
(+) 0.16 oz The Creamy Glow in Candlelight
(+) 0.16 oz The Sculpting Cream
(+) 0.16 oz The Candlelight Cream
(+) 0.14 oz The Sculpting Powder
(+) 4 x 0.04 oz Eye shadow in Brighten (luminous pearl), Starlight (luminous light peach/pink), Cool Tan (light brown), Ruddy Earth (rust)
(+) How-to guide
Tom Ford Sculpt and Illuminate Palette | $80 @ tomford.com
For the best au natural contour, makeup artist Alana Wright loves Tom Ford Sculpt + Illuminate Palette. "It has the perfect sheer shade of taupe," she says. "It mimics a real shadow. It's really convenient to work with on top of foundation/concealer, + because of its gel-like texture it provides a beautiful natural skin finish."
"THIS DUET OF HIGHLIGHTING AND SHADING CREAMS IS DESIGNED TO MAKE SCULPTING AND CONTOURING THE FACE REMARKABLY SIMPLE. THE SUPER-SHEER, LIGHT SHADE CAN BE USED TO DRAW LIGHT ONTO THE SKIN TO BRIGHTEN AND LIFT THE FACE. THE DARK SHADE DEFINES AND CONTOURS BONES WHILE STAYING INVISIBLE TO THE NAKED EYE."
Surratt Beauty Shadow & Light Contour & Highlight Palette | $81 @ net-a-porter.com
Contouring isn't one size fits all, which is why Pati Dubroff loves Surratt Beauty's Shadow & Light Contour & Highlight Palette. "I use foundations first to start building contour, using at least 2-3 shades + textures. Then, when I reach for a powder contour palette, it's from Surratt; the contour is really soft + sheer + a great neutral tone."
Becca Cosmetics Multi-Tasking Perfecting Powder | $34 @ ulta.com
For the times when you can't find the perfect palette, Ashley Graham's makeup artist, Samuel Paul, suggests building your own. "My favorite contour product is the Becca Cosmetics Multi-Tasking Perfecting Powder. For contouring, choose a powder that is one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone."
Fair, Lifht, Beige,Tan, Warm Honey, Dark Golden + Deep Bronze.
(+) A one-step powder & foundation
(+) A do-it-all formula: sets concealer, highlights & contours
(+) Delivers medium to full coverage
(+) Blends seamlessly over the skin & feels as natural as it looks
(+) Leaves skin with a silky, matte finish
(+) Acts as a finishing powder
(+) Perfect for on-the-go touch-ups to refresh your looks
(+) Antioxidant vitamins A, B, C & E for anti-aging benefits & allows skin to breath
Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit | $48 @ sephora.com
With 4 palettes to choose from in a wide range of shades, Make Up For Ever's Sculpting Kit is a must have in makeup artist Melanie Inglessis' kit. "They're sheer + blend well, but they're also strongly pigmented," she says.
The Make Up For Ever Sculpting Kit naturally highlights, contours, + balances out the face with 2 contrasting shades. The neutral undertones + matte finish mirror natural shadows to create the illusion of a more sculpted face shape—enhancing your best features—while the dark shade adds contouring. Formulated with ultrafine pigments, it provides a silky texture that is easy to apply + blend—perfect for a range of skintones.
Colour Pop Contour Sticks | $5 @ colourpop.com
According to makeup artist Amber Amos, everyone needs to be using Colour Pop Contour Sticks. "While it's not a palette, I think it's one of the most easy + non- intimidating to use," she says. "They have an array of shades + complementary highlighter sticks, making them foolproof."
12 Shades : (1) Gummy Bear, (2) Illuminati, (3) Venice, (4) Castle, (5) Often, (6) Refriend, (7) Adulting, (8) Dove, (9) Easy Peasy, (10) Bloom, (11) Point Dume, (12) Platonic.