- The Best Contour Sticks
The Best Contour Sticks, Ranked
The world of contouring has gone from strength to strength, with everyone and their mum dabbling at sculpting and highlighting their face with makeup.
What once took hours of expert buffing and layering of powders, can now be achieved with a simple swipe of a contour stick and the flick of a blending brush. Cream contour sticks are easy to use and hassle-free, while also still giving you that killer sculpted look.
But which contour stick is the best? Well, here at Cosmetify HQ, we’ve ranked our faves for you to peruse.
Let the countdown begin…
10. Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contour Cream Sticks
Kicking things off is this Barry M duo, which is one of the best affordable contour sticks. The chubby pen is simple to use and the creamy formula melts across your skin. The darker shade is perfect for carving out the cheeks, while the lighter stick is ideal for highlighting down the nose and the cupids bow.
9. Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation
A fave among influencers, A-listers and makeup artists, this luxe foundation stick is a must in your makeup bag. Simply choose three shades darker than your usual skin tone to transform this foundation stick into your new fave contour tool. It not only helps you define your facial features, but it’s also enriched with skin-enhancing ingredients to protect and soothe your complexion.
8. Nudestix Sculpting Pencil
Whether you’re a contour newbie or a professional MUA, this sculpting pencil is a great option to have in your arsenal. The pencil shape means you can precisely apply to all the points of the face you want to define, like the nose and temples. We recommend buffing into the skin using an expert contouring makeup brush.
7. Rimmel Insta Contour Stick
Next, take a look at this double-ended contour stick from Rimmel. This tool is the best for quick touch ups as it takes up minimal room in your makeup bag. With three shades to choose from, you can easily create beautiful, bronze definition.
6. Morphe Dimension Effect Contour Stick
Update your makeup collection with this Morphe Dimension Effect Contour Stick. This creamy matte stick adds plenty of definition and pigment to the face. Plus, it blends effortlessly across the skin for a natural look.
5. Maybelline Master Contour V Shape Duo
Sculpt and define the curves of your face with this Maybelline contour stick. The slanted edges allow you to easily apply the formula to the cheekbones, while the creamy texture seamlessly blends into the complexion. For pro results blend into the skin using your favourite beauty sponge.
4. Charlotte Tilbury Contour Wand
Ok, technically this isn’t a stick but surely a contour wand counts, right? This Charlotte Tilbury product is a luxury option for contouring your cheekbones and forehead. It uses a lightweight formula, which you can easily layer to get a more chiselled look.
3. Milk Makeup Flex Foundation Stick
We may have bent the rules again here, but there’s nothing stopping you from using a stick foundation in a darker shade to contour your face. This one from Milk Makeup comes in a huge range of inclusive shades, so you can find the perfect match for your skin tone. It’s also delivers a natural-looking finish, so don’t worry about cakey results.
2. Uoma Beauty Double Take Contour Stick
Taking second position is the Uoma Beauty must-have product. It is one of the best cream contour sticks thanks to its array of shades, which are suitable for all skin tones. It’s your one-stop-shop for shading, highlighting and defining your features. It also boasts a buildable matte finish, which works all year long, not just in summer.
1. Fenty Beauty Match Stix Trio
And finally, these Fenty contour sticks take our number one top spot. The Cosmetify beauties can’t get enough of Fenty Beauty, but who’s surprised? The magnetic trio of sticks allow you to conceal, contour and highlight like a pro. They feel weightless of the skin and provide a seamless powdery soft finish. Pair with Fenty BeautyPortable Contour & Concealer Brush for an incredible blending effect.
And there you have it, our countdown of the top 15 best contour sticks in the biz. Whether you’re going for natural makeup or an evening chiselled look, there’s a product to suit every type of routine. For more makeup tips, take a look the best bronzers for a Summer glow and the ultimate blush guide for beauty lovers.
Written by Rebecca Jenkinson
Rebecca is a content writer with over three years’ experience and a keen interest in cosmetics. Cosmetify allows her to combine her blogging skills with her passion for beauty.