How To Contour: Cream vs. Powder


For those who don’t know, contouring is a way to add dimension to your face after covering up discoloration and blemishes with foundation. Foundation conceals imperfections, but also leaves the skin a little bit flat by making it all one shade. By adding a darker shade to the appropriate areas of the face, you can add the color back into your skin. Contouring gives the appearance of a more defined and youthful face!

The two most popular types of contour product are powder and cream. With cream, you apply foundation and then immediately contour. With powder, I like to apply foundation, set my face with a translucent powder, and then apply the contour powder to prevent any patchy areas.

In the video I applied a cream contour to one side of my face and a powder contour to the other.

The left side of my face is cream contour, and the right side is powder. I topped both sides with e.l.f. Bronzing Powder.


Highly rated affordable and high-end options for contour powder and cream – 


  • e.l.f. Cream Contour Palette ($)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit ($$)
  • NYX Professional Makeup Cream Highlight & Contour Palette ($)
  • tarte Tarteist PRO Glow Highlight & Contour Palette ($$)


  • Maybelline FitMe! Powder ($)
  • Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer ($)
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer ($$)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit ($$)



  • Benefit Porefessional Primer
  • Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
  • Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in Fair
  • e.l.f. Cream Contour Palette in Medium
  • NYC Smooth Skin Loose Face Powder
  • Maybelline Fit Me Set & Smooth Powder in Coconut
  • e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzer
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal


With Love, Jeni


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