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10 Contour-Highlight Kits That Are Perfect for Beginners

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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.

ilmstar Bronze & Glow Contour Duo
Charlotte Tilbury ilmstar Bronze & Glow Contour Duo $68
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Made with pearl and golden pigments, this highlight-and-contour duo is meant to impart a candlelit glow at all hours of the day.

Urban Decay Cosmetics Stay Naked Threesome Blush, Bronzer, & Highlighter Palette
Urban Decay Cosmetics Stay Naked Threesome Blush, Bronzer, & Highlighter Palette $36
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Face sculpting just got a whole lot easier with this do-it-all palette that features a highlight, contour, and blush shade.

Nars Cosmetics Contour Blush
Nars Cosmetics Contour Blush $42
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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.

lily lolo Sculpt & Glow Contour Duo
Lily Lolo Sculpt & Glow Contour Duo $26
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Made from natural minerals, argan oil, and mineral extract, this highlight-and-contour duo doesn't just sculpt cheekbones, it also promotes healthy skin.

KKW Beauty Crème Contour & Highlight Set
KKW Beauty Crème Contour & Highlight Set $32
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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.

kevyn aucoin the creamy glow duo - best highlight and contour kits
Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow Duo $28
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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.

Cover FX Perfector Face Palette
Cover FX Perfector Face Palette $45
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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.

It Cosmetics Confidence in Your Glow
It Cosmetics Confidence in Your Glow $32
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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.

Wet n Wild MegaGlo Contouring Palette
Wet n Wild MegaGlo Contouring Palette $6
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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.

KVD Vegan Beauty Shade + Light Face Contour Refillable Palette
KVD Vegan Beauty Shade + Light Face Contour Refillable Palette $50
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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.

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