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. For women of color, there is 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.
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 to the skin for a freshly sculpted look. Here's a trick: Spritz your brush or makeup sponge with setting spray to extend the staying power of these.
I set my cream contour with the 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.
Some of the best beauty discoveries happen in a friend's bathroom. During my homecoming reunion, my sorority sister Tabitha put me on to this deep shade, which glided on my cheek so seamlessly in 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.
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.
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 specially curated each shade in this palette to add dimension to dark skin tones. The deep shades for contouring are created to cast realistic-looking shadows on the skin, and the highlighters are meant to leave behind the perfect dose of glow. This brand is known for creating long-lasting makeup, and this cream will allegedly last 24 hours.
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 seep right onto your skin so you can essentially blend this in your sleep.
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. These shades look stunning on dark skin tones.
The name says it all: "chiseled to perfection." Yes, please. It goes without saying that deep skin tones are far from one-size-fits-all. This powder kit offers four shades that suit medium to deep complexions for a slimmer-looking face and lifted cheekbones. These won't get fussy on top of powder either thanks to their antioxidant-packed formula that makes blending simple.
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 water-resistant but all-natural, so they won't budge but they'll hug the skin so smoothly.
Okay, so for a little 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.
These highly pigmented shades will save you in the clutch. 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.
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?
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