The 6 Easiest Contour Kits to Use

Contouring can get very intimidating very quickly. With all of the professional palettes out there that include 10 different highlighting and contouring shades in each kit, the process can be confusing. Whether you prefer creams, sticks or powders, we’ve rounded up the easiest-to-use contouring kits that will make even the most inexperienced user look like a professional.
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Creams:

Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette

At first glance, this palette does not look beginner-friendly, but explanations on how to use the kit and step-by-step instructions are tucked away within the palette itself so you never lose it. Even better, the reading material provides insight to some quick fixes contouring is known to deliver, such as making a double chin disappear and narrowing or shortening your nose. $50, lauramercier.com

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COVER FX Contour Kit

The hardest part about using this palette is choosing the correct shade for your skin. The kit comes in six shades based on your undertone, which, along with the creamy texture, makes the contouring look as flawless as possible. Even better, instructions are also given in the palette itself, aside from numbering the steps in order for you. $48, coverfx.com

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Sticks:

Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio

Although there’s no way to include precise instructions on these sticks, the brand includes what each shade should be used for (Contour, Bronze, Highlight) on the sticks. The darkest shade, Contour, should be used to shade the sides of your nose and under your cheekbones to add dimension. The Bronze shade should be used above the Contour shade on your cheekbones, and you should use Highlight on the bridge of your nose, center of your forehead, under your eyes and on the top of your chin. $34, sephora.com

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Lancôme Le Duo Contour & Highlighter Stick

This dual-ended, retractable stick makes contouring easy and efficient. Because both ends are designed to fill in narrow areas of the face, your sculpted look is easy to achieve. Choose your proper shade, then use the contouring shade to define and the highlighting shade to illuminate. It’s as simple as that. $36, lancome-usa.com

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Powders:

MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Sculpting Duo

This duo blends into your skin the moment you apply it, and looks completely natural. The weightless, innovative gel-powder delivers a flawless glow without making it feel like you’ve caked on any product. And, because it’s only available in two shades, it makes the process even easier. $39, sephora.com

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BECCA Lowlight/Highlight Perfecting Palette Pressed

The contouring powder included in this palette is highly pigmented, but very easy to blend, and the highlighting powder gives skin the most beautiful opal glow. Simply use the contouring portion on the hollow areas of your face, and the highlighter on the elevated portions. The palette only comes in one shade, so the guessing game is completely eliminated for you. $42, sephora.com

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