Remember when contouring used to seem so intimidating? There were so many hilarious memes floating around the internet that literally compared contouring to an impossible math problem to solve. Those were some good beauty times. Thankfully, the contouring market has expanded massively with kits and sticks that make it feel so simple. Plus, there's an array of products that look gorgeous on deep skin tones.
Contouring is game-changing if you ask me. When done the right way, it can literally give you a non-surgical cheek lift, a chiseled jawline, and whatever nose shape you want. It's magic. From cream to powder formulas, you can choose how sculpted you want your skin to look. Blending is key, and the below contour products for dark skin make the process feel like a breeze. Keep scrolling for the contour kits and products for brown-skinned beauties that my friends and I swear by.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit in Deep
Meet the cream contour kit I got my feet wet with in college. Don't let the matte texture fool you—these are incredibly blendable and feel ultra smooth once applied. Here's a trick: Spritz your brush or makeup sponge with setting spray before applying to extend the staying power of your look.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Contour Kit
I set my cream contour with Anastasia Beverly Hills' powder contour kit. I learned this technique from a celeb makeup artist, and I've sworn by it for years. Your cheekbones will be sitting pretty for hours. These powders are so finely milled, they'll give you that second-skin look.
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Match Stix Trio Deep
Some of the best beauty discoveries happen in a friend's bathroom. During my homecoming reunion, my sorority sister put me on to this product, which glided on my cheek seamlessly in just one stroke. I've been hooked ever since. Leave it to Rihanna to create the ideal cream-to-powder contour stick that blends effortlessly into deep skin tones.
Dior Backstage Contour Palette
I experienced the gorgeousness that is this matte-and-shimmer contour palette a few months ago. I love anything that functions as both bronzer and highlighter. You can use the deep shade on the bottom right for more intense contour, depending on how far you want to take it, and add a bit of shimmer with the lighter taupe tones that deliver champagne-gold hues on deep skin tones.
Cover FX Contour Kit in Deep
This palette makes contouring feel easy. Sculpt, strobe, and highlight with these four creamy shades that work together to create the most natural, chiseled complexion. Those with sensitive skin will love this vegan, noncomedogenic option.
Kat Von D Shade + Light Creme Contour Refillable Palette
Kat Von D specially curated each shade in this palette to add dimension to dark skin tones. The deep shades are meant to cast realistic-looking shadows on the skin, and the highlighters leave behind the perfect dose of glow. This brand is known for creating long-lasting makeup, and this cream will allegedly last 24 hours.
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation
Cop this highly coveted foundation stick a few shades deeper than your skin tone and turn it into a full-fledged contouring stick. It's one of the most common uses of this HD foundation. Think about it: It'll deliver the same benefits when it comes to coverage and mix right onto your skin so you can essentially blend this in your sleep.
Black Up Contouring Stick
Ever heard of contouring on the go? Well, you can with this dual-sided stick which will allow you to sculpt and define any part of your face as you see fit. The formula is so rich and velvety, you can use your fingers to blend this into your skin.
AJ Crimson Artist Kit
Long before it was a trend to have inclusive makeup that catered to all skin tones, AJ Crimson beauty had brown girls covered. These creamy shades are ideal for just about anything when it comes to your complexion but especially amazing to contour with. They're all-natural and water-resistant, so they won't budge.
Sleek MakeUp Cream Contour Kit
Okay, so for under $20, you get six shades to play with. That's a steal, my friends. And these feel velvety on the skin, so you can trust that they'll blend and sculpt to your liking.
E.l.f. Cream Contour Palette
These highly pigmented shades will save you in a pinch. Throw this super-compact kit in your bag for touch-ups when it's necessary. You can rely on the top right shade to brighten your skin if it's looking a little meh, or the bottom two shades to add definition for that snatched jawline we all so deeply desire.
Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate
This luxe compact is widely praised by celebrity makeup artists for a reason. The top shade is a translucent dew that imparts an undeniable luminosity on the skin. The deep shade will give your cheeks a chiseled look. When does Tom Ford ever disappoint?