10 Best Products For Contouring and Highlighting


The techniques of contouring and highlighting the face have been around for decades with makeup artists defining their clients’ cheekbones with a good contour and giving them a nice glow with highlighting. Now, with all the craze on how these special techniques can make a nose look narrower or define your cheekbones dramatically, makeup brands have come out with actual contouring and highlighting products. We’ve found the products below get the job done, if not exceed it.

NARS Contour Blush Collection

NARS Cosmetics has recently released a specific line for contouring and highlighting. The duo includes a contour color and highlighting color in three shades. This is perfect for getting a great contour and highlight that’s the right color match for you. Sometimes when bronzers or eyeshadows are used for this purpose, it’s easy to go too dark or too light. This collection will help you get the color right. Available at NARS Cosmetics, $42.  

Benefit Watt’s Up

This soft-focus highlighter is the right type of highlight if you don’t want a lot of shimmer or bright color. The nude champagne-color will give you a slight glow and accentuate any feature you want to highlight. Available at Benefit Cosmetics, $30.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder

This powder is great for highlighting when you’re going to be in certain types of light. It’s created specifically to help you glow in even the most unflattering light. Available at Sephora, $45. 

Too-Faced Candlelight Highlighter Duo

For a light blush and highlighting effect, this duo will give you a rosy, soft glow. It uses PHOTOLITE technology which diffuses harsh surrounding light so your skin completely glows. Available online at Too Faced.

Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer

An all-natural illuminizer that will give your skin a light, subtle glow. Mix with your foundation for an all-over face glow or spot-apply on areas you want to highlight. You can even use this all over your body to highlight areas such as your collarbones and shoulders. Available online at Josie Maran, $28.

Cowgirl Dirt Dusty Bronzer

This all natural bronzer, which is made with no harsh chemicals, will give you a contour that’s natural looking without being too bronze. Available online at Cowgirl Dirt, $15.

NARS Matte Multiple 

A swipe of this under each apple of your cheek, a swipe underneath your nose, and a couple small swipes on your forehead are all you need to create the easiest and prettiest contouring you can imagine. Available at NARS Cosmetics, $39.

Tarte Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer

This contouring product is create a slenderized effect on areas you apply it to. It makes contouring just a little bit easier. Available at Sephora, $24.

Becca Shadow and Light Bronze Contour Perfector

Perfectly contour with this bronzer duo that includes two creamy, bronze shades that will not leave you orange or too bronze. Available at Becca Cosmetics, $40.

Givenchy Poudre Bonne Mine Healthy Glow Powder

This luxurious taic-free bronzer made from baked gel will give you the ultimate contour with hints of shimmer that are natural looking. If you’re looking for a subtle contour, this is your poison. Available at Sephora, $50.

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