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contouring for beginners

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for contouring for beginners.

If you're looking to contour your face, you've come to the right place. We'll let you in on a secret: contouring doesn't have to be difficult! Whether you're looking to add definition or just enhance your natural features, we've got contour beginners covered with these easy-to-use picks.

SmashboxStep-By-Step Contour Kit

Size: 0.40 oz/ 11 g·ITEM: 1629500

Color: Light/Medium

1.4K Reviews


Great for this set. I am a beginner at contouring and love this very much. ...I am a beginner at contouring and it was very easy to understand.

What it is: An easy-to-use face-contour palette that sculpts, shapes, and makes your features pop with a set of bronzer, highlighter, and contour powders.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, phthalates, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances. This product is also cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This palette brings you a deep contour, a complementary bronzer, and bright highlight shades in one place. Create your own perfect contour look with pigmented, blendable, and buildable color. This face palette comes complete with a built-in mirror and powder brush.

Anastasia Beverly HillsContour & Highlight Stick

Size: 0.32 oz/ 9.1 g·ITEM: 1852417

Color: Mink - contour toasted almond

329 Reviews


cream contour perfection!!!...I picked this up when it was on the weekly wow, desperately ready for a cool toned cream contour! I LOVE IT! It blends easy, its beginner friendly and buildable....Easy to apply, easy to blend. Great for beginners...This is a great cream contour. I think it blends easily and is easy to use, especially for a contouring newbie!

What it is: A full-pigment, cream stick for contouring and highlighting, with buildable coverage and a natural-looking, matte finish.

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

What Else You Need to Know: These full-pigment cream sticks are perfect for contouring and highlighting. They deliver a natural-looking, matte finish for the face and body. With three contour shades and one highlight shade in a highly-pigmented formula, these sticks offer buildable coverage. They make contour and highlight techniques easy.

Natasha DenonaContour Sculpting Powder

Size: 0.35 oz/ 10 g·ITEM: 1926484

Color: 03 Warm - warm medium brown

57 Reviews


Not for beginners!...And though the edges blend out nicely, it’s so pigmented that it’s hard to tone down if you’ve accidentally applied too much. This is not a contour for a beginner! Only those who have used powder contour for a while, or those who are into dramatic lines on the face, should pick this up. ...BEST COOL TONE CONTOUR...These are my favourite powder contour sold at Sephora! Perfect cool tone shades for contouring, medium coverage, beautifully buildable.

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


Contour and Highlight Made Easy...The formula for both is A+ as it’s super easy to blend and very beginner friendly!...This duo is perfect for beginners and experts! I'm a rookie in the makeup world and this was a godsend!

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.

HUDA BEAUTYTantour Contour & Bronzer Cream

Size: 0.42 oz/ 12g·ITEM: 2221885

Color: Light - light to medium with cool undertones

474 Reviews


Smooth creamy easy to apply very easy for beginners I would name this as one of my favorite to contour with...Glam Contour Beginners...Super creamy texture makes it easier to use compared to other contour products. Super quick to use and you can just us your finger to apply for a better blend!

What it is: An ultra-pigmented, blendable, and buildable cream-to-powder contour and bronzer formula.

What Else You Need to Know: Housed in an easy-to-use jar, this deeply-pigmented, luxurious cream-to-powder bronzer is the versatile product you’ve been looking for. Whether you’re a beginner or a contouring pro, Huda’s Tantour allows you to create a healthy-looking, bronzed complexion or natural-to-dramatic contour as you layer.

Westman AtelierFace Trace Cream Contour Stick

Size: 0.21 oz / 6g·ITEM: 2434090

Color: Truffle - rich mocha

215 Reviews


I apply it directly on my stippling brush and find it blends into the skin like a dream and is easy to work with. Cream contour can sometimes be daunting and hard to blend, but this is very beginner-friendly!...Pros: - smooth and easy to use - for all levels of make up skills - vegan - very natural and sophisticated finishing - not messy - beautiful design - easy to blend Cons - cost if you are a beginner and not sure about how to use it

What it is: A clean, creamy contour stick with a blendable, natural satin finish that sculpts and defines cheekbones in an instant.

Coverage: Medium



Highlighted Ingredients:
- Jojoba Seed Oil: Improves hydration and strengthens skin’s moisture barrier.
- Berryflux Vita: Boosts hydration and provides youth-preserving properties.
- Kaolin Clay: Absorbs excess oil and helps formula stay in place.

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

What Else You Need to Know: This foolproof contour stick glides on for intuitive trace-and-blend cheekbones, eyelids, and jawlines.

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


It’s natural and blend-able, easy to use for beginners or everyday wear....This product is perfect for beginner and make up pro’s, super build able contour, easy to fix any mistakes.

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: 2468601

Color: Medium 2 - for medium – medium tan complexions

87 Reviews


Balm contour? You mean bomb contour! My names Pepper, and I am a New York based freelance makeup artist. ...the only contour product I’ve stuck with!...It does what it says, it melts into the skin so effortlessly and seamlessly. The best Contour product for those who are not good at contouring like me.

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: 2477701

Color: Light-Medium - light brown with neutral undertones

86 Reviews


This is also soooo easy to work with, whether your a beginner or pro!...Je pense que pour un ou une débutante dans le «contouring», ce serait parfait. Je le recommande pour ceux qui utilisaient le contour wand de Charlotte T. , c'est un bon remplacement puisqu'il est en rupture de stock présentement. :)

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: 2523496

Color: Deep Shadow - berry brown

177 Reviews


Good beinnger contour...I would recommend this product to others since it's a nice beginner product....I recommend to anyone even beginners ! So easy to use!!

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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