A common misconception of contouring is that it’s a difficult process that only makeup artists can get right, when actually it’s a quick and easy process which can cleverly enhance your facial features – and anyone can do it. The secret is just to finding the best contour product for you and your skin. Contour powders are popular amongst professional MUAs, but for those who are new to contouring and want a foolproof product, cream contour can be much easier to use. Plus, whether you use a brush or your fingers, it delivers a really natural-looking sculpt.
If you’ve struggled with contouring in the past, chances are you just haven’t found the right product for you – maybe it’s not the right shade for your skin tone or perhaps it’s too heavy for your skin type. Finding the right contour cream can be a process of trial and error, so to help you out, we’ve put together an edit of the best cream contours.
1. PIXIE PEN
The Pixie Pen by Pink Honey is one you should reach for if you’re a beginner or someone who wants to perfect their nose contour. It glides effortlessly onto the nose, thanks to a creamy formula which blends seamlessly. Plus, the angled applicator tip offers the precision needed to create the ultimate pixie nose contour.
2. CURVE CASE
Created with every skin tone in mind, the Curve Case by Made By Mitchell is perfect for adding dimension and defining facial contours, especially for those with brown skin or a darker complexion. Its super-creamy formula offers impressive colour payoff in both contour and blush shades for a sunkissed sculpt or a rosy tint.
3. CONTOURING & HIGHLIGHTING CREAM FOUNDATION SIGNATURE PALETTE
OFRA just made on-the-go contouring so much easier with their Contouring & Highlighting Cream Foundation Signature Palette, which truly has everything you need in one place. The compact palette features a selection of versatile shades that can be worn alone or mixed to match your tone.
7. TINTED BLUR SCULPT STICK
The buttery smooth texture of Nudestix’s Tinted Blur Sculpt Stick is unmatched! This cream-to-powder contour stick has a soothing green tea and vitamin E-rich formula which makes it a winner for those with sensitive skin or anyone after some subtle and natural-looking dimension.
8. CREAM STICK CONTOUR
If you have very fair skin and have struggled to find a cool-toned contour shade, try Sosu Cosmetics’ Cream Stick Contour. Perfect for on-the-go application, this contour stick promises both convenience and pigment with an easy-to-use applicator and a medium-coverage finish. What more could you ask for?
9. THE CONTRAST STICK
The Contour Stick by Kevyn Aucoin will quickly become your newest obsession for so many reasons. Its formula is matte but hydrating, thanks to a blend of skin-loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid and vitamin E – so it’s great for all skin types. What’s more, it’s super pigmented, and all of the shades look really natural, no matter what your skin tone. It’s perfect for adding structure and definition to your complexion.
11. BRONZE & DEFINE SHAPE STICK
Bronze & Define Shape Stick by bPerfect really does give you an edge when it comes to contouring tricky areas. The contour stick’s pointed tip enables precision for a controlled contour, which is handy when you want to define your nose, sculpt your eyes, or sharpen your cheek bones.