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The art of contouring your face is a skill that anyone who is into makeup should try to master. It’s one way to transform your face and highlight your best features. When done well, it is a clever way to make the unique features of your face pop and enhance your bone structure. Contouring accentuates the facial features you already have and in some cases can give the illusion of what you wish you had.

To contour correctly, you need the right tools. The best way to start off is with a kit that has all the colors you need instead of scrambling to put a kit together on your own. A great beginner to professional contour kit is the Anastasia Contour Kit. It’s a limited-edition palette that comes with six shades: three for highlighting and three for contouring. You’d used the darker shades for shading and defining areas on your face like your cheekbones and the lighter shades can be used to reflect light in your face and enhance features. The starter colors are a really good selection but for those with really fair or darker skin, you can select from twenty-one additional shades to find your perfect color. The palette is magnetic so you can pop the colors in and out as you please.

The quality of the powders is really nice and does not compare to cheaper contour palettes with colors that fade by days end or just don’t have the softness and richness of these colors which is why we like the Anastasia Contour Kit for anyone who wants to contour and since the price is so reasonable. We especially love that the banana powder is included in this palette. The yellow masks redness and late night out evidence in your face and is perfect for underneath your eyes. Everyone can benefit from a little banana powder in their life.

Though contouring can go too far, we think that a good contour–not to heavy and not too Drag Race competitor–can brighten your face and highlight the beautiful things you are working it.

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