These Kim Kardashian Contour Palette Dupes Will Give You Major Cheekbones

September 15, 2017 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | beauty

She’s so much more than a reality TV star — Kim Kardashian is a beauty entrepreneur who helped put contour makeup on the map. And as naturally beautiful as her bone structure may be, her latest contour palette launch is a genius idea that makes perfect sense for her brand. Her zillions of fans crave Kardashian’s chiseled cheeks and beautifully highlighted features and knowing they can achieve her look with the help of KKK Powder Contour and Highlight Kit pretty much guarantees these beautiful matte and shimmer shades will be sold out every time you reach for your computer and credit card.

Needless to say: Kim Kardashian contour palette dupes are badly needed so you never have to go without gorgeous cheekbones. Whether you prefer powder palettes or creamy dual-sided sticks, these contour products will make you look your most radiant, glowy best.

1) Kat Von D Shade + Light Palette

Kat Von D contour palette

Six matte shades are arranged in pairs by undertone so that, no matter what your skin tone and shade, you’ll find a hue (neutral, warm, or cool) that works for you. This vegan and 100 percent cruelty free brand is thoughtful about colors and there isn’t a spec of unnatural glitter to be found here. Reviewers say this “buttery” and “pigmented” palette makes cheekbones look chiseled, but that it also provides a natural finish that blends well.

2) Benefit Cosmetics Watts Up! Cream To Powder Highlighter

Benefit watts up

If you already own Benefit Cosmetics Hoola matte bronzer you’re halfway to contouring perfection — use that shade to create depth in your cheeks and forehead and then seal the deal with this amazing cream-to-powder highlighter. This champagne shade is added to the brow bone, cupid’s bow, and cheekbones for an ethereal glow that reviewers say has a brightening effect, but isn’t overly sparkly.

3) Maybelline Face Studio Master Contour Stick

Maybelline contour


One angle of this contour stick is dark enough to create a shadow illusion along the jawline and under the cheekbone, while the other angle is a highlighter that makes you look more alert and radiant. Consider this stick an everyday contour solution that can be used in broad daylight — perfect for a subtle lift and highlight, but not overpowering or dramatic.


4) Mac Quiktrik Stick

Mac contour

This double-ended stick is perfect for makeup multitasking. It can be used for contouring, bronzing, highlighting, or adding just a slight amount of color to perk up your complexion. The creamy formula is buildable — go light for a daytime look and gradually add on a layer or two of shade and highlight for a bolder look. This product stands out for offering more than one or two color choices — a combo like Ginger Spiked/Counterpoint unites a shimmery gold pink with a bluish pink, which may sound unusual, but actually looks amazing and natural.

5) Tarte The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer

Tarte contour

Slimmer, more contoured features is the goal that this contouring stick aims to meet — and its many fans say it gets the job done with a universal shade of bronze designed to work on all complexions and skin tones. The stick makes it easy to line your jawline or the bridge of your nose, but reviewers caution the importance of blending well.

6) Black Up Contouring Stick

Black Up

With six shade combinations and a double-ended design that allows to you contour and highlight in a flash, Black Up Contouring Stick is dedicated to providing women of color with stellar contouring options that work for a variety of skin tones. This makeup goes on creamy but feels like a fine, silky powder on the skin.


Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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