Achieving chiselled cheeks in an instant has never been easier, because unfortunately we aren’t all blessed with modelesque cheekbones like Bella Hadid, so we have to rely on contour kits to shape and sculpt our face.
Thankfully, the contouring craze has trickled into the shops, from the high street to high-end, and there are numerous palettes and compacts to shop which promise to lift your face and enhance your features.
Learning how to contour might take a little bit of practising, but it’s never been easier thanks to the brilliant contour kits available in the UK from top beauty brands.
The key to contouring is adding shadows and highlights to the natural contours of the face. Your cheeks are a key point to add shape to your face, so locate your cheekbones and add shadow with a matte dark colour diagonally downwards under the bone. Next, highlight your bone structure by adding a light-reflecting product along the cheeks and just below the eyebrows. It sounds simple enough, right?!
There are luxury contour kits from Tom Ford and Charlotte Tilbury, but then there are much more affordable kits from Sleek, Barry M and NYX to try – and these are still of great quality.
Shop our edit of the best contour kits on the market in the UK now.
- NYX Cosmetics Highlight & Contour Pro Palette
- Kat Von D Shade and Light
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Series Contour Kit
- Iconic London Multi-Use Powder Contour Palette
- Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette
- Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate
- Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow
- Nars Contour Blush
- Urban Decay Flushed
- Clarins Face Contour Palette
- NYX Strobe Of Genius Illuminating Palette
- Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour Cream Kit
- Sleek Makeup Cream Contour Kit
- Soap & Glory The Mighty Contourer
- Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit
NYX Cosmetics Highlight & Contour Pro Palette
This eight-strong colour collection is completely customisable so you can create your perfect match and replace the colours as they get used up. We love the range of shades included, meaning you can match your skin tone perfectly whatever time of year.
Kat Von D Shade and Light
A gorgeous kit that’s pretty much contouring perfection, plus it’s refillable, so you’ll never have to give this up. Inspired by an artist's palette, Kat has created six matte shades that look truly stunning on everyone. The contour and highlight pairs are arranged by undertone, so you get neutral, warm and cool shades. Use the deeper contour shades to add natural shadow and depth to your face, then accentuate your best angles with the brighter highlight shades.
You might also like: The must have products from E.L.F Cosmetics
Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Series Contour Kit
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit is the perfect palette to kick off your contouring habit, or even if you’re a seasoned pro. The powders are creamy and super easy to blend, the wide variety of shades are suitable for most skin tones, and you can customise it to what you need as well. Pigmentation on these powders if excellent and they apply beautifully smooth to create a flawless finish. Once you’ve tried this palette, you’re only going to be upset you didn’t try it sooner.
Iconic London Multi-Use Powder Contour Palette
With everything you could possibly need to sculpt your face, what more could you want? With two highlight, one shimmer and three contour shades you're all sorted for flawless cheekbones.
Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette
A hint in the name, this beautiful palette delivers all you need to master the tricks of artificial shadow and light, regardless of your skill set or skin tone. It comes complete with 3 contouring creams and 2 highlighting shades, so you can have fun trialling different combinations to discover what suits you best. Once you start mixing you’ll notice that each shade has a smooth and creamy texture – though be warned, they’re all heavily pigmented, so we suggest going in as light as possible and building up.
There’s a handy instruction guide (which is concealed behind the mirror!), you can get to grips with the basics and learn the steps to achieving the best feature-enhancing tips.
Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate
The Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate contour kit may just make your eyes water with the price, but if you get past that you’re left with a gorgeous compact that looks and feels expensive (and it is) with gorgeous products inside that leave your skin looking subtly contoured.
The contour crème creates a gorgeous shadow to hollow out cheekbones in a natural way, and the highlight shade is really beautiful, it’s one of the dewiest, natural highlight you’ll find on the market. It isn’t shimmery but gives skin a flash of light that makes it look natural and healthy.
You might also like: The standout products you need from Charlotte Tilbury
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Sculpt and highlight with this product, that slips easily into your handbag with its super slim and sleek packaging. It’s made up of a stunning, sun-kissed powder to help create contours and shadows, and a beautiful gold-toned highlight to give shine to your cheekbones, cupid’s bow and the inner corners of your eyes.
Charlotte’s ‘secret weapon’ when it comes to creating ravishing red carpet beauty looks, choose from two shades for Fair/Medium and Medium/Dark skin tones. One of Charlotte Tilbury’s ‘flagship’ products, Filmstar Bronze and Glow sets the standard for contouring products – effortlessly lending light to ‘high points’ of the face (and collarbones), while emphasising hollows to create the illusion of enviable, Kate Moss-worthy bone structure.
And can we spare a moment to appreciate the packaging? The beautiful, rose gold palette befits the most beautiful boudoir – vintage-inspired with a generous mirror, you’ll want to whip this out at every opportunity.
Nars Contour Blush
NARS' contour blush comes in three flattering shades and leaves a matte, natural finish. The contouring shade creates a natural shadow that is easily buildable, while the luminous highlighter can be lightly swept over cheek and brow bones to finish the look. It’s the perfect product for everyday wear.
Urban Decay Flushed
The Urban Decay Naked Flushed palettes aren’t only really handy with three products in one gorgeous-looking palette, but the universal shades are versatile enough for any skin tone. With a selection of seven different palettes, there’s definitely something for every taste.
Packed with a silky and full-sized bronzer (shimmer or matte, depending on the shade), shimmery highlighter and blush, you have all you need to easily achieve enhanced, sculpted and dewy skin.
The sleek case with easy-open magnetic closure and big mirror are other big drawers for the £25 palette.
The silky pressed powders are also full size, so you can use your normal brushes to pick up the powder, and it means you can use them separately if you so wish to do so.
Gorgeous colours, gorgeous pigment and gorgeous texture, we love the Urban Decay Naked Flushed palettes and think you will too.
You might also like: Best under eye concealers
Clarins Face Contour Palette
A beautiful, easy to use palette comprising of three shades perfectly tailored to suit all skin tones. Achieve perfect contouring with a bronze to add depth and rose to add a pop of colour. Another great plus, it comes with a contour makeup brush. Hugh win.
NYX Strobe Of Genius Illuminating Palette
Strobing was the makeup trend to take on contouring, it’s dubbed as the lighter, illuminating alternative to contouring, and the NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette is the ideal thing you need. It features seven velvety shades offering a variety of effects, from champagne, bronze, lavender and pink, so you can have fun experimenting and creating your desired level of shimmer (many of these double up as bronzers, blush and colour correctors). And they’re all super easy to use too – so even strobe neophytes can get stuck in.
Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour Cream Kit
Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour Cream Kit is the perfect tool for a beautifully sculpted, flawless and defined makeup look. The palette includes 6 super blendable, professional cream shades perfect for chiselling cheekbones, defining the face and shaping the nose.
Sleek Makeup Cream Contour Kit
Sculpt, define and enhance to create the illusion of refined features, higher cheekbones, a softer jawline or a slimmer nose. The velvety smooth, buildable cream formulas blend seamlessly onto the skin for a flawless, fade-proof finish.
Available in three shades (light, medium & dark), the kit’s expertly developed combination of shades works with all skin tones to create natural shadows and highlights.
You might also like: Which Naked palette is best?
Soap & Glory The Mighty Contourer
The Mighty Contourer is yet another great product from the much-loved Soap & Glory, the creamy texture glides onto the skin, and it’s extremely blendable too, which means you’re left with no harsh lines with little effort as well.
Create a beautiful, transparent and luminous glow thanks to the three different products, the contour, the highlight and the blush shade.
The three-in-one design means it’s perfect for travelling too, as you don’t need to take numerous palettes and pans, and the creamy texture even allows for finger application.
Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit
This Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour Kit is exactly what you need to create a speedy contoured look that doesn’t cost the earth. For only £5.99 you get what you need to create a more defined facial structure and easy-to-apply and blendable powders that might not last as long as the high-end products, but certainly, won’t dent your bank account like them.
It’s available in two shade options, fair and medium, and comes packaged in a black plastic, rectangular compact which looks extremely similar to NARS packaging. It’s a nice and sleek compact, which fits perfectly in our makeup kit at home and certainly isn’t too bulky to carry around either. The packaging is robust enough to protect the powders from damage too. What’s more, it comes with its own handy mirror, ideal for touch-ups on the go.
You might also like: Which Vichy day cream is the best one for you?