While five or so years ago contouring was dubbed as “outdated,” the times have most certainly changed. Now, the coveted beauty method is one of the biggest cosmetic comebacks to resurface in the last couple of years, thanks to the makeup technique’s magical sculpting and face-slimming transformational powers. Aside from my brows and liquid lip, contouring is the one non-negotiable step that I rarely neglect in my daily routine. Unfortunately, if you’re not a makeup artist or beauty guru, the fine line between creating a chiseled and defined effect and looking like you’ve painted on muddy-brown stripes onto your cheekbones, jawline, nose, and forehead can be a bit blurry.

Without the proper formula and shade (usually a cool-toned brown or taupe is best) to complement your skin tone and skin type, contouring can look pretty harsh. Powder contour products are great for most skin types because they blend and build easily and offer much better staying power than liquid and creams. Multi-pan contour kits make sculpting, lifting, and illuminating your jawline, nose, and cheekbones a whole easier— whether you’re a beginner, a pro, or like me, falling somewhere awkwardly in between.

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