December 9, 2015 Diana Crisan Face

Contouring Essentials for Any Budget

With so many tricks, tutorials, YouTube videos and foolproof products available, the mystique of contouring is finally starting to wear off. And, while we’re seeing more and more one-stop-shop contouring kits popping up that make life a lot easier, they’re not the only solutions to creating perfectly chiseled complexions. In fact, a few basic products work just as well, and they don’t always have to break the bank. We’ve got a range of contouring products that will fit any wallet!

Contouring Products

L’Oréal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Crayon Concealer

Who says you need bunch of fancy tools and a painter’s palette to accomplish a proper contour? Grab yourself a concealer stick that’s two shades darker than your skin tone and swipe it along the hollows of your cheekbones. Blend with a makeup sponge and you’ve got yourself some supermodel cheekbones for the bargain price of $9!

Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Foundation

If you’re not into using a concealer, try a matte-finish foundation stick! For just about the same price point, try a foundation that’s two shades darker than your natural skin tone and apply it to your cheekbones, along your forehead, jawline and sides of your nose, using an angled brush. A natural-looking contour for $8.99? Count us in.


NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette

While palettes do make the process a whole lot easier, they can get pretty pricey! This $25 set includes every contour color you’d ever need to define your features. And once you run out of a shade, you can swap the single pan out for a new one instead of having to buy the whole set again!


Urban Decay Naked Flushed

We love a good three-in-one beauty product. The $32 Naked Flushed trio includes bronzer, highlighter and blush in one little package for the perfect balance of contoured and glowing.

Lancôme Le Duo Stick

It doesn’t get much more convenient than a dual-ended contouring and illuminating stick that can fit in your purse (because you never know when you might want to touch up on-the-go, right?). For $36, you can contour with the utmost precision and very little effort. With this much ease, our cheekbones will never again go un-sculpted! 


YSL Les Sahariennes

Want to contour without the mess or the fuss? Just reach for a matte bronzer like this one. The crème de la crème of bronzers, (that’s about $55 a pop) gives you a perfectly sculpted (yet natural) finish that will have everyone fawning over your newfound bone structure.   



    About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.