What Do I Use To Contour?

While contouring is by no means a new phenomena, it has gained popularity recently as Instagram models and Kim Kardashian take over social media. I only find myself wanting to contour my face when I know I am going to be photographed, as it really does add dimension to my face. I really only contour my cheekbones and maybe sometimes my temples, but I really don’t like the way my nose looks when I attempt to contour it. With all that being said, I thought I would share some of my favorite contour powders. It is always a struggle to find the perfect undertone, not too grey and not too red and warm. For reference, I have pretty pale, cool toned skin, and things tend to pull very orange on me.

Make Up Geek Contour Powder in Break Up (Cool Porcelain) $10.00


This is my current favorite for contouring. I love the cool undertones and the formula is so buttery and blendable. I will say though that because this powder is so pigmented, there is a lot of kick up and it is very easy to go overboard so I stress using a light hand. The best part about these Make Up Geek powders are the range. There are four cool and four warm shades, ranging from light to dark. If you have had trouble finding the right color and undertone combo, I suggest looking into this MUG line.

Benefit Cosmetics Box Blush in Hoola $29.00


I had always wanted to try out this cult favorite contour powder, and when I bought this holiday box on a whim I was so excited to see it among the blushes. I do admit, I reach for this less because it is in such clunky packaging, but when I do use it, I always love the outcome. I like using this when I have a warm eye look, because it is one of my warmer contour powders, but it is so subtle it doesn’t look odd. I am hoping to depot this soon into a z-palette or someting that is easier to use.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Powder in Fawn $14.00


This contour kit was one of the first very expensive items I bought when I started getting into make up. I had no idea how to contour or highlight, so I figured I would just buy the kit and try it out. Of all the colors in the kit, this one is my favorite and my most used. I do wish the pan size was a little bigger because it is a bit difficult to fit my brushes into it, but I can look past this. I love that now you can buy these as singles, so if I do ever run out I don’t have to buy the entire kit over.

M.A.C Powder Blush in Taupe $17.00


This has been my tried and true contour powder for almost 2 years now. I rarely hear it being talked about, which is a shame because it is so beautiful. Perhaps it is a little bit too grey for most, but I love it. It really looks like a real shadow on my skin, which is the point of contouring right? If you love MAC blushes and their formula, definitely try this out. Unfortunately though, I think you can only buy this in a pro pan refill now.

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 01 $20.00


This is my warmest contour color, and when I first bought it, I only intended to use it as a bronzer, but it is much too light for that. I tried to contour with it just to try out and really loved how subtle it looked. These bronzers come in many colors, so I might grab a darker one to use as a bronzer.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer $30.00


I got this sample sized Chocolate Soleil in a kit along with a few other Too Faced minis. This is another cult favorite that everyone raves about. I always thought online it looked too warm, but I was wrong. This looks very subtle on me, and I will probably be buying the full sized product, as this little one is hard to use.

Let me know what your favorite contour product is! Thanks for reading!!

Glowingly yours,



  1. beautywithmei

    My fave is the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil. I got it in a glossybox and have loved it ever since. I like the Becca lowlight/highlight powder compact too. (Not sure what it’s called). I’ve still to try the Kat Von D shade and light palette though

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    1. jessicathorneh

      I have always wanted to try the Becca lowlight compact! I feel like I never see anyone talking about it, but Becca makes such great face products I feel like it has to be good!


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