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contour powders for dark skin

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for contour powders for dark skin.

If you're looking for a contour powder that will help you achieve the look of a natural-looking, rounded jawline and cheekbones, you've come to the right place. These powders will help you achieve the look you want.

Natasha DenonaContour Sculpting Powder

Size: 0.35 oz/ 10 g·ITEM: 1926476

Color: 04 Dark - dark brown

57 Reviews


Its a great contour powder but the light is no where near light enough for me. ...Realistic Contour...I can't wear any warm toned powders because they pull so orange on my skin and I find most "contour powders" are warm toned and actually bronzers.

What it is: A contouring and sculpting powder with a smooth, velvety texture that melts into skin for seamless shaping.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens. This product is also vegan.

What Else You Need to Know: Encapsulated hyaluronic acid acts like a micro-sponge, supporting skin’s moisture levels and reducing the appearance of fine lines, texture, and wrinkles. The velvety-smooth powder glides onto skin for effortless blending and maximum comfort.

Charlotte TilburyFilmstar Bronze & Glow Contour Duo

Size: 0.56 oz ·ITEM: 2115947

Color: Medium/Dark

261 Reviews


FINALLY a bronzer for fair skin!...Finally a bronzer that isn't too dark for fair skin! I've had trouble finding a good bronzer for basic daytime contour, and this duo is literally my perfect shade! ...For reference: I'm Indian and I wear Nars Fluid Sheer foundation in color 'Syracuse' The Fair/Medium Contour duo is my GO TO powder contour color and highlight.

What it is:
An all-in-one pressed powder, bronzer, and highlighter to create killer cheekbones and candlelit skin.

What it does:
Celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury is a firm believer that shading and highlighting can re-sculpt and re-define your face. This iconic bronzer and highlighter duo has the perfect blend of pearl and golden pigments to sculpt and highlight your features. These universal shades are created from a refined golden base that flatters all skin tones. The sculpt bronzer adds buildable definition along the lower cheek, jawline, and sides of the nose while highlight illuminates the top of cheekbones, bridge of the nose, eye orbital area, and cupid’s bow.

TOM FORDShade and Illuminate Cream Face Palette

Size: 0.49 oz/ 14 g·ITEM: 2183721

Color: Intensity 0.5

637 Reviews


Great contour for darker skin!...Im about an nw 50 MAC or 460 in Pro' filter and the shade is perfect to contour with. I still find that i need to set my contour with a dark powder but If you don't mind setting or a dewy contour then I would recommend!...Stunning and natural looking contour...The highlight looks very glossy and it gives a natural glow to the skin. I don’t think I can look at my powder contour kit again.

What it is: A duet of shading and highlighting creams to contour, sculpt, and bring out the optimal bone structure of your facial architecture.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, silicone, and fragrance. This product is also gluten-free.

GUERLAINTerracotta Matte Bronzer

Size: 0.3 oz/ 10 g·ITEM: 2350346

Color: Light

14 Reviews


I have never had this happen with other powders, and there wasn’t enough moisture on my face that would have transferred from the brush into the powder to cause this to happen. ...Great for Fair Skin...Most bronzers aren't versatile for fair skin and end up being too dark, too red, too something.

What it is: A sun-kissed powder that warms the complexion and sculpts the features.

Coverage: Light

Finish: Matte

Formulation: Pressed Powder

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Kaolin: Helps to keep the skin mattified all day long.
- Moisturizing Active Ingredients: Helps preserve the skin’s natural moisturization and ensures long-lasting comfort.
- Flakes Powders: Hugs facial contours and respects the natural finish of each skin type for streak-free application.

PATRICK TAMajor Sculpt Creme Contour & Powder Bronzer Duo

Size: 0.37 oz/ 10.5 g·ITEM: 2419331

Color: She's Chiseled

672 Reviews


Not enough pigment for dark deep skintones...This does nothing for dark deep skin tones. I was really disappointed to see this product disappear into the skin without giving the contour effect....Best contour color EVER...I never review products but I had to with this one. I had yet to find a good contour color for my fair-light skin that wasn’t too dark, too ashy, or too warm.

What it is: A modern way to sculpt the face, this cream-and-powder contouring duo effortlessly shapes and defines for a beautifully dimensional look.

What Else You Need to Know: Major Sculpt Creme Contour & Powder Bronzer Duo is a luminous cream-and-powder duo in complementary shades. The lighter creme shade shapes and defines while talc-free powder finishes with a hint of warmth.

Freck BeautyFreck The Original Freckle

Size: 0.045 oz/ 1.35 mL·ITEM: 2441103

Color: Freck OG - light-medium

293 Reviews


So pretty on dark skin I love it! Very easy to use. ...It’s extremely easy to apply, and it looks very natural on the skin! The freckles are buildable, depending on hot dark you want them.

What it is: A patented formula that creates the longest-lasting and most natural-looking faux freckles you can get.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: After years of obsessive development, Freck OG The Original Freckle entered the world in 2017 to reveal the most-realistic faux freckle. It’s a simple product that lets you quickly and easily create perfect-looking freckles that sink into your skin or foundation—rather than sit on top like an eyeliner pencil.

Freck Noir is the same formula that broke the internet—now in a deeper, cooler hue designed for mid-to-dark skin tones.

MAKEUP BY MARIOSoftSculpt® Shaping Stick

Size: 0.37 oz/ 10.5 g·ITEM: 2457349

Color: Dark Deep - natural matte finish for dark to dark-deep skin tones (neutral, slightly warm)

185 Reviews


I liked the idea but even the lightest shade is too dark for my skin tone. I couldn't blend it out to look like a contour, it just looked brown....This is my very first contour stick ( I use to only use powder bronzers , but now I won’t go back to just Powder bronzers , I use this and then set it with a little bit of powdered bronzer ( I use too faced or hoola powder bronzers to set)

What it is: A dual-ended cream shaping stick that is buildable and swipes on seamlessly for true-to-skin definition that dries down to a natural matte finish.

Ingredient Callouts: It is cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This dual-ended shaping stick combines Mario’s signature contour technique into one product that creates an effortless, softly sculpted look. The shades complement complexions regardless of undertone and are never orange or muddy. They also feature a removable angled buffing brush for effortless application.

Danessa Myricks BeautyBalm Contour

Size: 3 oz / 85 g·ITEM: 2468569

Color: Deep 1 - for tan – rich complexions

87 Reviews


You can build this up or sheer it out. Long lasting and so skin like. Love!!!...Blends so nice and smooth. This is now my go to over my powders!

What it is: An easy-to-use, blendable, and buildable contour balm to give your cheekbones a natural, effortless-yet-impactful lifted and sculpted appearance.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance. It is also gluten-free and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Balm Contour is infused with hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, flower extract, and meadowfoam seed oil to hydrate and nourish the skin. This product reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores and provides a smooth, flawless finish.

KVD BeautyModCon Long-Wear Hydrating Liquid-Gel Contour

Size: 0.57 oz/ 17 mL·ITEM: 2477750

Color: Deep - Rich deep brown with cool undertones

84 Reviews


I ended up getting light-medium in this contour shade because it looked so dark in the bottle. ...The color is neutral more golden leaning rather than red or gray which I like especially on my forehead where very gray contour can look at bit odd. Longevity wise it's definitely better than most powders but powders are easier to touch up.

What it is: A lightweight, transfer-resistant, liquid-gel contour that easily creates lifelike dimension for a wide range of skin tones and undertones.

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Daisy Flower Extract: Hydrates skin.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance. It is also vegan and cruelty-free.

Iconic LondonPrecision Duo Contour Pot

ITEM: 2523488

Color: Tan Shadow - chestnut brown

173 Reviews


The shade was medium, but didn’t look too dark on my light skin. I don’t think I’d wear it regularly, but once I experiment a little more, I might put it a little more into my routine....Nice contour duo!...this combo cream and powder contour provided a nice shadow to enhance my cheekbones. the cream part is very light and has a cream to powder finish. the powder matches nicely and enhances and sets the contour perfectly.

What it is: A new way to contour starts here with little pots of contour perfection.

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Gellyfing System: Bouncy sensorial gel/cream.
- Powder Cream Matrix: Buttery texture for blendable application.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance. It is also cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Get ready to be wowed by the transformative texture of a cream base with a velvety setting powder. Think soft and sculpted cheekbones with these little pots of perfection. This is precision contour

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