I’ve got 9 of the best contouring products for pale skin to share with you. When you’re pale, it can be difficult to find the right contour products because it often seems like everything is too dark or too orange. These products are not too dark or too orange. I’ve also got multiple formulas covered, too. (You should check out my new Pale Girl’s Guide to Highlighting and Contouring!)
All products are cruelty free and some are vegan.
1. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Crème Colour Concentrate in John Doe
Described as a pale ash-toned taupe. This is a creme product that can be used on the eyes, lips, or cheeks. This is the coolest and lightest of the shades that I have here. I would recommend setting with a translucent powder. I stalked Sephora’s website for weeks, waiting for this to get in stock and when I was notified by email that it was back, I snatched it up. It goes in and out of stock frequently. (vegan)
2. Silk Naturals HD Cream Bronzer in Vegas Vixen
Described as a matte brown. This is a creme product that can be used as a contour or bronzer. It’s the warmest-toned of all the shades I have here. (vegan)
3. em cosmetics Chiaroscuro Stick in Fair
Described as a fair contour shade. I swatched both Fair and Light, so that you could see the difference in the two. Fair is very similar to OCC John Doe. This is a cream stick. It also comes with a highlighting side. I picked this up during one of the em Cosmetics BOGO sales. They’re one of the best products that em Cosmetics makes.
4. NARS Matte Multiple in Altai
Described as a rose bronze. This is a creme product that you can use as a blush or contour. I found it very easy to blend out.
5. Silk Naturals Blush in Drama
Described as a medium matte neutral brown contour, similar to MAC Emote. This is a loose powder product and it’s the only one I don’t have a swatch for because I can’t find it in my collection. You need to use a light hand with it. (vegan)
6. Too Faced Matte Bronzer in Milk Chocolate Soleil
Described as a matte light brown. It smells like chocolate, too! This is a pressed powder. Definitely use a light hand with this. (vegan)
7. NARS Contour Blush in Olympia
Described as ivory rose. It’s sort of a peachy brown on me. It comes with an ivory highlighter. It’s a pressed product. I find this to be a very flattering shade on my skintone. I feel it’s a pretty neutral shade on me.
8. Pumpkin & Poppy Contouring Powder in Oak Bark
Described as a light cool taupe. This is a loose powder and one of the coolest toned contouring products that I have. (vegan)
9. Nyx Blush in Taupe
Described as a matte taupe. This is a pressed powder product. It works pretty well as a contour for me.
While I don’t contour regularly (and I probably should always contour my cheeks and nose so that they’re more defined), I’m happy that I have several options that work for me.
What are your picks for the best contouring products? Are there any other pale skin contouring products I should check out?