The Holy Grail Of Contour Powders: MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation NW58 & Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder

Contour Powder Perfection: Choose From MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation NW58 And  Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder

I’ve found that contouring and highlighting the face makes all the difference to the end result of your finished makeup look. Especially when it comes to photographs. It gives you that lovely ‘uplifted’ and picture-perfect polished look. (I’ll talk more about the best highlighting products later). I’ve tried out quite a lot of contouring products and every single time, powder-style contour products always beat cream contouring products for a more natural look, easy application and blendability.

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Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder (Medium): the ultimate contouring powder for almost all skintones.

Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder (Medium): the ultimate contouring powder for nearly all skintones.

Two contouring powder products which stand out amongst the rest include MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation NW58, (Okay, I’ll admit, this is not designed specifically to be used for contouring, but the shade and texture turn out looking amazing when used sparingly to contour the face), and  Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder (Medium) which is hands-down the best contour powder around, and suits almost all skintones. It’s strange that the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder is called a ‘Medium’ shade when that’s actually the only colour it’s available in. The colour is actually great for creating a natural ‘shadow’ effect and is therefore perfect for contouring because of the fact that it goes on fairly sheer but has a grey-brown colour with almost no yellow in it; a little goes a long way so despite this product being a bit pricey, it will last you a long time. The MAC Studio Fix Powder in NW58 has a bit more yellow in the colour but can be used for olive skintones who dn’t mind adding a bit of warmth as well as contouring the face. Both look great but I would choose the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder (Medium) because the colour it comes in actually means that you could also apply it into the socket of the eye to give a natural looking contour to the eyelid if you didn’t want to add anything apart from neutral beige and brown make-up to your eyes, I don’t think the MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation NW58 would be suitable for this purely for the fact that it contains yellow tones.

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An unblended swatch (shown as a deeper toned top stripe of colour on the back of the hand) of Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder (Medium) compared to a blended swatch of the same powder (shown as a circular blended shape below the unblended swatch stripe) : the ultimate contouring powder for nearly all skintones.

I always apply any contour powder with a dual-fibre brush (there are lots out there e.g. MAC 187 dual-fibre skunk brush) or with Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush (I’m actually using the Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush more often to apply contour powder because it accurately defines and contours several tricky areas using only the one brush instead of several e.g. contouring the nose as well as the cheekbones and jawline is easy with just this one brush whereas if I used the MAC 187 brush I can’t use it the contour the side of the nose or the tip, and I’d have to use a narrower brush).

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MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation in shade NW58: great as a contour powder when a light touch is used with a dual fibre brush or with Nars Yachiyo Kabuki Brush.


 The Holy Grail Of Contour Powders: MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation NW58 & Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder

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  2. Excellent suggestions. I have my MAC makeup demo coming up, and I dont use MAC products for contouring. I needed a safe bet for any contouring I may need to do, and this might just fit the bill. Thanks so much!

    • Thanks for letting me know this was helpful Lenora! That’s great news! I find that MAC contouring products don’t do quite as good a job at being as realistically ‘shadow’-like as the Kevyn Aucoin Contour Powder. I also find it very unnatural looking when I use any cream contouring product in comparison to, the more easy to use and more natural looking, powder contour products. x

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