Some beauty gurus will say that the sculpted look is on the wane, favoring a softer and more natural base makeup. For the rest, you will have to pry their contour stick out of their cold, dead fingers.
If you belong to the latter camp, you’re in luck. Our favorite makeup brands are still rolling out great contour products—cream and pressed powder palettes, roll-up sticks, and liquids in tubes or with wand applicators. By far, the most user-friendly would be the stick form. Case in point: KKW Beauty’s debut product line of Crème Contour Sticks. Say what you will about Kim Kardashian, but as the patron saint of contouring, she knows her stuff. The product came out to mixed reviews with many beauty vloggers taking issue with the size and the price.
Enter the Missha Coloring Multi Stick. This isn’t exactly a KKW dupe, in fact we’d venture to say it’s even better. It features a super creamy texture that spreads easily. It doesn’t feel thick and heavy even as you build up the color—the perfect consistency for the oppressive Manila weather.
This product registers as a translucent and filmy wash of color on the skin, even if you tend to go a bit heavy-handed with your application. It’s virtually impossible to get that overly-sculpted stage makeup look—a mistake most contour noobs make.
Much like its name implies, you can create a full-face monochromatic look with this one nifty stick. Use it as you would a regular contour product—under your cheek bones, on your forehead, jawline, and the sides of your nose, as well as on your eyelids and lips.
This product comes in several shades and, admittedly, not all of them will work for contouring. The pink-peach tones are great as blushers, the light pearly ones will work for highlighting and strobing. If you can only leave the house with one product, this should be it. As a bonus, it comes with a densely-packed flat top brush on the other end for a more convenient and sanitary way to blend.
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