A Contour Palette Is the Trick to Sculpting Your Face Like a Pro

Define those cheekbones with these iconic palettes.

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Kevyn Aucoin

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Contouring transitioned from a backstage, makeup-artist-only sculpting tactic to a full-fledged daily craze for beauty junkies. Check out these highly coveted contour palettes that have everything you need to highlight and define your features while elevating your everyday makeup look.

1 Lorac Pro Contour Palette

Best Overall 

Contour like a pro with this special-edition palette designed by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw. The palette includes two matte contour and two highlighting shades, with a bonus shimmering highlighting powder, perfect for a day-to-nighttime transition.

More: Cream Blush for Flawless Cheeks

2 NYX Professional Makeup Highlight & Contour Pro Palette

Best Budget Buy

NYX's Pro Palette is an affordable buy that includes eight refillable shades. With this many options, you'll always have the perfect match on hand for your skin tone.

3 Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book: The Art of Sculpting + Defining Volume II

Best Splurge

Aside from literally providing all the essentials to create the perfect contour, Aucoin makes sure users fully grasp the ins and outs by providing a step-by-step visual. Volume II also features four gorgeous eyeshadows that are flattering on everyone.

4 Kat Von D Shade + Light Face Contour Refillable Palette

Given Kat Von D's background in tattoo artistry, this is a woman who understands the illuminating effect that color and shadowing can have on the skin. The Shade + Light dual-action palette features three contour shades, as well as three highlighters, to ensure the perfect finished look (with an edge, of course).

5 Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

Designed by the beauty industry's queen of brows, this must-have kit comes with six refillable shades, ranging from light to deep. It's everything you need to sculpt your face in one handy palette.

6 Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection

This contour palette involves a four-step process to chisel your facial features. Mix and match the contour shades and highlighting powders to create contrast in all the right areas.

7 Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Highlighter & Shader Duet

Aside from being one of the most luxe compacts you could ever carry, this silky highlighter and bronzer duo is the perfect consistency. Use your fingers on the go — or a makeup brush if you have time — and smooth it on to instantly define your bone structure.

8 Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit

For the contour novice, Smashbox designed a starter palette equipped with the technique's most basic essentials. The palette also includes a how-to guide that offers a step-by-step tutorial on how to sculpt the nose, cheeks, and jawline.

9 Marc Jacobs #instaMarc Light-Filtering Contour Palette

For a beauty look that's Insta-worthy (without any filters), Marc Jacobs brings us #instaMarc, a facial palette available in three shading/highlighting duos that create natural facial dimension.

10 Shape and Shade Custom Contour Duo

Not only does Stila's duo kit actually provide maximum color stay, but a blend of line-filling ingredients help reduce visual signs of aging, too. The sheer-to-matte coverage is buildable, so your contour always looks natural.

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