The best contour products for fair skin



Following the success of our ‘best highlighters for fair skin‘ edit, we thought we’d better cover the contouring counterparts. Contouring products have come a long way in the past year or two; with no more one-size-fits-all (hooray!) and a variety of shades, textures and finishes available both in the beauty halls and the drugstores.

Post by Ruth Halls

Generally, deeper skin tones can get away with a broader shade range of contour products, but that doesn’t mean that fairer skinned girls can’t add some subtle enhancement to their features, too. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite contour products for fairer skins, so we can all get in on the sculpting action.

As a rule of thumb, the fairer your skin, the cooler toned you’ll want your contour to be. Contouring is all about mimicking a natural shadow, not adding tan! If it’s a faux glow you’re after, use a separate bronzer to warm up the skin, focusing on where the sun would naturally hit. Look for more grey/taupe tones, 1-2 shades darker than your skin tone to create the most believable contour. Finally, a duo-fibre blending brush is your best friend when it comes to contouring fair skin, as it won’t pick up too much product and will buff and blend your shadows seamlessly.



Left to right: Make Up For Ever, Rodial, Natural Collection, The Balm, Illamasqua 


The make up artists’ favourite

Illamasqua Cream Pigment in ‘Hollow’ has been around for years and can be found in many make up artists’ kit. Super creamy and blendable, this taupe-toned pigment mimics the most believable shadow, without the powdery finish. Suitable for even the fairest of skins, this makes a great summer cream contour.


The luxe contour

Rodial Instaglam Contouring Powder in ’03’ is so finely milled that it blends perfectly over the skin. The grey undertones make it one of our favourites for cheating killer cheekbones and is a staple in our makeup bags. The powder can be used lightly with a duo fibre brush for subtle shadows or built up for a more defined bone structure. We hear that a darker shade is on its way for deeper skinniness, but for fair skinned girls, ’03’ can’t be beaten.


The full contour kit

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Palette in ’20’ does it all. As a cream product, this will blend seamlessly with the skin, adding hydration in winter and glow in summer. The contour shade is darker than the Illamasqua cream, but can be easily buffed away to a lighter finish. Complete your look with the matte or shimmery highlight, plus a sweep of the peachy toned blush to fully sculpt the face without the powdery finish.




The blogger favourite

The Balm Bahama Mama is actually marketed as a bronzer, but we think it is much better suited as a contour. Like the Rodial version, this powder has grey undertones rather than the classic warmer bronze tones, and has been a blogger favourite for years. This powder can be built up, but we like to apply a translucent powder to the skin before contouring to ensure an even finish. The packaging may not be the sturdiest, but The Balm’s colourful branding never fails to put a smile on our (beautifully sculpted!) face.


The drugstore dupe

Natural Collection Solo Eyeshadow in ‘Crushed Walnut’ may look scarily dark in the pan, but once blended over skin with a duo fibre brush, creates a beautiful shadow. Don’t be fooled by it being an eyeshadow! If it’s safe to use around the eye, there is no reason why eyeshadows can’t be used elsewhere on the face. There is very little warmth in this eyeshadow, which makes it perfect for fairer skin and is a favourite of YouTuber Kaushal Beauty. For just £1.99 it’s definitely worth a try – just be sure to use a light hand and dust off any excess before applying to the face.


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