6 Best Contouring Picks

Sponsored by Sherwin-WilliamsContouring doesn’t have to be complicated—or obvious. The latest products help you sculpt and brighten with ease.


Sonia Kashuk Chic Defining Contour Stick


This sculpting stick is packed with creamy pigments and hydrating ingredients like African walnut seed oil and pistachio butter. This means a seamless application—and absolutely no settling into fine lines.

To buy: $11, target.com.

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NYX Wonder Stick


Two steps, one stick: Swipe the lighter side where you want to brighten; use the other to sculpt. Still nervous about making a mess? The packaging shows you exactly how to apply it. In four shades.

To buy: $7, target.com.

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Dr Jart+ BB Matte Contouring 1.2.3 Kit


Apply the numbered tubes from lightest to darkest. Swipe the highlighter down the bridge of your nose and under eyes; tap concealer onto any shadows or splotches; and finish with bronzer along your cheekbones and jawline.

To buy: $45, sephora.com.

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Jenny Patinkin All-Over Face Brush


As any makeup artist knows, the key to a natural-looking finish is blending. This flat-tipped brush has super soft, uncut fibers that work with any texture (cream, gel, liquid, or powder), and buff away lines without streaking.

To buy: $52, us.spacenk.com.

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Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze in Glow


This dual-sided compact is a celebrity favorite because it has a highlighter that instantly brightens without looking too shimmery, a bronzer that defines without looking muddy, and, though it’s technically a powder, it doesn’t look or feel like one on skin. In two shades.

To buy: $68, nordstrom.com.

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e.l.f. Studio Contour Palette


Turn to this transitional kit when your summer tan starts to fade. With two lighter colors and two darker ones, this quad of silky powders can be mixed and matched to your complexion—no matter the season.

To buy: $6, eyeslipsface.com.​

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