Contouring Products + Tools For Pale Skin

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I love contouring, it is an essential step in my makeup routine - if I am going to put makeup on, I am going to contour! If you don't know what contouring is then let me explain, it is a process whereby a fake shadow is created under the cheekbones to create the illusion of higher more pronounced cheekbones. Contouring can also be used along the sides of the nose if you think your nose is a bit wide, on the temples and along the jaw. Here are my favourite contouring products for pale skin along with tips and tricks!
Firstly, a very brief guide to contouring the face - I always contour my cheeks using one of the brushes above. I suck in my cheeks (make the fishy face, you will look ridiculous doing this) and place the contour/bronzer/blush into the hollow line created. Blend, blend, blend. Then take the excess on the brush and buff it into the temples and along the jaw. This process give the face more shape and structure; I always follow with highlighter. 

Contouring products (blush/bronzer/contour): First up is my favourite contouring product currently - the Chanel Healthy Glow Multi-Colour in '01 Light Harmony' which is a highlighter, bronzer and blush in one compact. The bronzer is so natural looking even on my pale skin. This product is great for contouring is it isn't very pigmented so the contouring line will not look stark/unnatural. Next up is my second favourite bronzer on the moment, Benefit's Hoola Bronzer. I have had it for ages and I have fallen in love with it again. You have to be a little bit careful if you have super pale skin as I do but it is a great bronzer for contouring the face with.   Now onto a cheaper product - the Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer which is fantastic for the price and the shimmer doesn't really show up on the skin so it is great for contouring as you shouldn't contour with shimmery/glittery products. 

The next three products have been a bit neglected but I do still love them, especially the Kevin Aucoin Creamy Sculpting Duo which has cream versions of the celestial highlighter and the sculpting powder. They apply so quickly and easily, I love this mini duo and it was only £19 from SpaceNK which is a fantastic bargain as the just one of the powder versions is over £30 (although the don't get as much product with this duo). Another creamy product is the Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow which is a grey creamy eyeshadow and contour product. I love it as an all over eyeshadow and as a contouring before foundation. This is the only contouring product that I apply before my foundation - I just moisturise, prime and then apply this in the hollows of my cheeks with my fingers or the Illamasqua brush and blend, then apply my foundation over the top with a sponge. The last contouring product is a fantastic multi-tasker as I use the lightest brown matte shade as a contour and as a bronzer. There is a white shade in this matte bronzer quad too which is great for sharpening up the contour line or blending it out. 

Contouring tools: I mainly use the Real Techniques Contour Brush as it is a great shape, it is fairly small so it is precise and it is super soft! I love all of the RT brushes! I also have the Illamasqua Blush/Contour Brush which was stupidly expensive at £28 but it is great for contour, especial cream contour as it is really dense and firm but also very soft. Lastly, the Chanel brush that came with my Multi-Colour Compact, it is a great shape for contouring as it is thin and also soft. 

Contouring tips and tricks: Suck in your cheeks and make a fishy face to make sure you are applying the contour into the hollow of your cheeks - the line should go from your ear but don't apply past the line from the middle if your pupil as it will look fake. 

Blend Blend Blend, there is almost nothing worse than a very strong contour (unless it is a halloween look in which case it is amazing). Go for cool toned product for those with pale skin as it will look like a natural shadow. I also pair contour with highlighter to make the face look more refreshed as contouring can look a bit flat sometimes. 

Has this post been useful? Have you tried any of these contouring products or tools? Let me know if you want a demo post or a post one a few of the products individually. 


  1. The Chanel Healthy Glow compact looks gorgeous! I'm really quite pale and still feel a little clueless when it comes to contouring but I think that's partly because I wasn't sure what colour bronzer I should be using - maybe I'll have to give one of these products you've mentioned a go & watch some YouTube tutorials haha!) xo

  2. These are great tips! I'm yet to find a contour shade that suits my skin tone but I'll have to try one of these :)
    Maeve // Thrift O'Clock

    1. Thanks! Cool toned contour powders and blushes are great for pale skin tones on the whole x

  3. Thank you for sharing this! So helpful, I need to get the RT contour brush, it's been on my list for ages! xx

  4. Great post! When I contour I use my Anastasia Contour Kit with my Nars Ita brush, it's my favorite combo!

    Life With Kendal

    1. I really want to try the Anastasia contour palette x

  5. I'm pretty much of a begginer when it comes to contouring, but thanks for this- I will definitely try it out! :)
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  6. Thanks for sharing, I have pale skin so this was a very useful post! I use the Sleek contour kit in light to contour my face!

    Nathalie | THE COVETING

  7. great tips, hoola is my all time fav
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  8. Fab post, I hate trying to contour sometimes with pale skin, its so easy to end up looking dirty!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  9. Thanks for sharing this post, so helpful! :)

  10. I adore the Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow, I just cannot get enough. NYX Taupe shows up a little too pink on me unfortunately.

    Becoming Becca


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