Don't get me wrong-contouring is still in high demand, but the heavily shaded looks popular in 2014 are moving in a much more natural direction as of late. The вЂњnewвЂќ contour trend, or should I say nontour trend, while similar to the old makeup phenomenon, still creates facial definition, but in a much more subtle way. So how do we go about shading our faces to play up our natural features instead of covering them up? Blend, blend, blendвЂ¦ and then blend some more-and if that doesn't work, find the best contour kit for your skin type and tone.
To find the best palettes for contour lovers, minimal-makeup wearers, and everyone in between, we reached out to makeup artist and Sephora Pro Shawn Lumaban for his take on the best contour kits on the market. Keep reading for Lumaban's and some of our editors' favorite tried-and-true contour and highlight palettes.
2. The Versatile KitKat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette $49Shop
What's not to love about Kat Von D's contour kit? Not only do the colored powders вЂњcater to all skin tones,вЂќ Lumaban says, but the six blendable shades also вЂњmake it easy to create both light and shadows on the face.вЂќ
3. The Everything KitMake Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Face Palette $45Shop
If you are looking for a kit that truly does it all, this Byrdie editor-approved palette comes with two creamy contour shades, a highlighter, and a blush-basically everything you'll ever need for a well-shaded face.
4. The Drugstore KitNyx Highlight & Contour Pro Palette $17Shop
Looking for a drugstore contour palette?В This kit comes with eightВ blendable shades that, according to Byrdie intern Ariel Ornelas, вЂњare easy to work with.вЂќ
5. The Expert's KitAnastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit $40Shop
Lumaban says this creamy contour kit, which comes in four different shade ranges, is вЂњa must-have for my kit, as it caters to all skin tones.вЂќ Worried about cream instead of a powder? Rest assured, Lumaban says, as this palette is вЂњeasy to blend.вЂќ
7. The Perfectionist's KitViseart Corrector, Contour, Camouflage HD Palette $80Shop
To really deep dive into the art of contouring and color-correcting, this 12-block palette boasts everything you need to test your creative chops and perfect your skin tone with its weightless cream shades.
8. The Kit for Sensitive SkinCover FX Contour Kit $48 $24Shop
For those with sensitive skin, this talc-free,В noncomedogenic, mineral oil-free formula is a saving grace. Paint by numbersВ using the step-by-step instructions for professional results.
9. The No-Makeup Makeup KitUrban Decay Naked Skin Shapeshifter $45Shop
Just as the brand brought us its covetable Naked eye shadow palettes, it recently debuted this enticing three-in-one complexion palette for that same natural, вЂњnakedвЂќ look.
10. The On-the-Go KitKevyn Aucoin The Contour Duo On The Go $25Shop
Every busy beauty lover knows the value of your go-to products in compact versions. While Kevyn Aucoin offers an impressive contour kit that nails every subtlety of shade, this two-tone iteration is perfectly suited for all the times you're on-the-go and in need of a quick touch-up.
For more contouring tips, check out these contour secrets from Kendall Jenner's makeup artist.
This story was originally published on January 27, 2017 and has been updated.