Contouring and highlighting are independently effective at enhancing our natural features. But what happens when you combine the two? Some seriously defined cheekbones à la Kim Kardashian West. Since these two techniques are arguably better when used together, we compiled the best highlight-and-contour kits for your face-sculpting pleasure.
Our theory: Why spend time rummaging through your makeup bag for a solo highlighter or multiple palettes when you can perform all the necessary face sculpting techniques from one of these do-it-all kits? A simple dash of highlighter to the high points of your face adds an ethereal glow while a bronze sculpting shade adds some serious depth. And if you're in the mood to give your cheeks some love, some of these palettes serve as the perfect blush, bronzer, and highlighter palette.
For our favorite one-and-done highlight-and-contour kits, keep on reading.
Made with pearl and golden pigments, this highlight-and-contour duo is meant to impart a candlelit glow at all hours of the day.
Face sculpting just got a whole lot easier with this do-it-all palette that features a highlight, contour, and blush shade.
If you prefer blush to contour, this highlight-and-contour duo is a must-try. Featuring a rosy bronze shade accompanied by a pearlescent highlight, this palette is the perfect balance of sculpting yet wearable.
Made from natural minerals, argan oil, and mineral extract, this highlight-and-contour duo doesn't just sculpt cheekbones, it also promotes healthy skin.
On the go but still want to look sculpted? This user-friendly highlight-and-contour stick is tried and true—small enough to fit in your purse, blendable enough for beginners, and opaque enough to make a major impact.
We're partial to creamy palettes, like this one from Kevyn Aucoin, as they tend to give a more natural glow and last longer than their powdery counterparts.
Here's a do-it-all vegan palette that features six ultra creamy powders that highlight, contour, define, and enhance the complexion, all labeled and simple to use.
If you're looking for a sun-kissed look, this highlighter, contour, and blush palette provides a natural, lit-from-within glow when swirled together.
When the day calls for a simple two-pan palette, this one fits the bill, featuring just what you need to add depth to your face without the fuss.
While this palette is technically a powder, it works just like a cream in that it easily blends into the skin for gorgeous, defined cheekbones and a highlighted undereye.