Our Editors' Favorite Drugstore Contour Kits For Every Skin Tone

At this point in the game, we've pretty much got the technique of contouring down pat. And several of us have Kim Kardashian to thanks for that. The star has brought the makeup trick to the masses, especially with her easy approach of just drawing a big "3" on the sides of your face.

What makes contouring tricky, however, is finding the right shade. "Contour is definitely not one size fits all," celebrity makeup artist Andre Sarmiento tells us. "It can take a little trial and error finding the perfect shade, but more and more companies are starting to have colors with the variety to cover most skin tones."

Ahead, we're giving you three of our favorite drugstore finds — as well as some more pointers on picking the best shade for you.

First, check out some contouring tips and see the palettes in action in this video.
If You're Fair

"When you’re very fair, you want a shade with a lot of gray in the tone but sometimes that can be a little overwhelming on fair skin," Sarmiento says. "Using a contour shade that has a touch of peach can really help sculpt your features while keeping your skin bright."

NYX Cosmetics 3 Steps to Sculpt Face Sculpting Palette in Fair, $12, available at NYX Cosmetics.
If You're Medium

"A lot of the time, light and medium skin tones get contoured with shades that are a little too warm and a little too deep," Sarmiento notes. "[That's] great under intense light or with amazing filters, but grayer shades tend to be more flattering in the daylight ."

Maybelline FaceStudio Master Contour in Light to Medium, $12.99, available at Ulta.
If You're Deep

"Dark skin tones need a little more richness. A true brown shade with a hint of warmth works well to sculpt the face while keeping skin vibrant," Sarmiento says.

Covergirl TruBlend Contour Palette, $12.99, available at Ulta.
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