Contour Colors for Fair and Light Skin Tones

Contour Products: Does Anything Measure up to Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder?

Contour products are used to create a shadow effect in areas of the face that you want to look recessed (like under the jaw, under the cheekbones, and around the temples). This creates dimension, especially if you also use a highlight on areas of the face that you want to bring forward. The most realistic contour colors look like shadows.

I recently purchased a few Mehron Cheek Powders from Cherry Culture ($6.50, .15 oz.) including a contour powder. I’m looking for a more affordable alternative to my holy grail contouring product (Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium), so I decided to swatch the cream and powder products I already own to see whether anything looks similar.

Contour swatches  Maqpro N117, Ben Nye MediaPRO Creme Shadow in Neutral, Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Intensity One, Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium, MAC Harmony, Mehron Cheek Powder 202 Contour, Benefit Hoola

After I swatched these, I remembered why I’m so obsessed with Kevyn Aucoin’s (it has the perfect balance of red, gray, and brown). The rest look too yellow or red. I definitely need to move away from brown contour colors and toward taupes and grays. I really wish I’d purchased the limited edition Chanel Ombre Contraste Sculpting Veil For Eyes And Cheeks in Notorious while it was still available, now it’s listed for more than $100.00 on ebay! Any other suggestions?

  • Lauren

    NYX Taupe blush is great for fair skintones, it’s really cool-toned and looks like a natural shadow. It has been discontinued but is still floating around on several websites and on!

    • RadianceReport

      Thanks Lauren, great suggestion! That’s exactly the kind of shade I’m looking for.