10 Best YouTube Tutorials for Contouring

Anya Mer

Contouring has been around since the dawn of time. Well, ok, maybe not that long but definitely long before Kim Kardashian started posting Instagram pics of her sky-high cheekbones. Perhaps a makeup artist’s best tool, contouring can completely change the shape of your face by carving out your best features and accentuating them.

While we may not all be blessed with ‘Gram-worthy cheekbones, a little bit of contouring and highlighting can just about get us there. However with hundreds of products and tutorials out there it’s difficult to know what powders, creams and techniques really work. So today we’ve found the best contouring tutorials on YouTube and are sharing them with you!

1. HOW TO: Contour and Highlight | Drugstore & High End Version by Nicole Guerriero
OG beauty guru Nicole Guerriero gives you the low-down on the best prestige and drugstore products for a perfectly chiseled contour. She compares the finished result of both prestige and drugstore contour looks, proving once again that the drugstore has some great, affordable dupes for higher end products.

2. How To Contour Like A Contouring Artist by Kandee Johnson
Kandee Johnson has all the tricks and tips to help you contour like a pro. She shows us how to highlight certain features and create subtle, natural looking shadows with cream and powder products to accentuate the most flattering features for different face shapes.

3. How To: Contour & Highlight | Drugstore Update by Carli Bybel
Gorgeous Jersey native Carli Bybel shows us that getting that glamorous, contoured look doesn’t have to break the bank! Using exclusively drugstore products, including cult favorite Maybelline Dark Circle Eraser concealer, Carli focuses on layering cream and powdered products for a look that’ll last all day.

4. Cream Contour & Highlight – Demo | Favorites | Tips & Tricks by Jaclyn Hill
Former MAC makeup artist, Jacyln Hill, is know for her stunning, neutral eye looks, but can also throwdown when it comes to a fierce contour. She shows us how to use her favorite cream products for a naturally flawless look that’s perfect for those of us dry-skinned girls.

5. Natural Contouring: HD Makeup Tutorial by Jordan Liberty
Jordan Liberty gives us a comprehensive rundown on how to contour on deeper skintones. Using deep, cool-toned foundations, Jordan creates seamless shadows for a “under-the-radar,”contoured look. These deeper shadows can change the curvature of the face, add dimension, and can even transform a face completely!

6. How To Contour For Your Face Shape by Pixiwoo
Nicola Chapman, one-half of the incredibly talented Pixiwoo duo, gives us an insight on how to contour for multiple face shapes. She stresses that product placement is key on different shaped faces to help accentuate each shape’s most flattering features.

7. How I Contour My Face With Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit Contour And Highlight by MakeupByEvon
A must-have for any beauty lover, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit is the newest addition to the plethora of contour kits flooding the market. The stunning Evon demonstrates how to use the six different contour shades in the kit to create an ultra glamorous look.

8. Contour and Highlight Like Kim Kardashian by Wayne Goss
Perhaps the queen of contour herself, Kim Kardashian rocks a contour from the red carpet to the supermarket (we’re not even kidding). Irish makeup artist Wayne Goss replicates that famous Kardashian contour, filling us in on all Kim’s tips and tricks along the way.

9. MakeUp Basics: Powder Contouring Tutorial by Lisa Eldridge
Makeup artist to stars like Cindy Crawford and Adriana Lima, Lisa Eldridge has over 20 years of experience in the beauty industry and is sharing her pro tips with us on her YouTube channel! Lisa brings us a contouring 101 workshop, showing us how to use powdered products to create dimension and bring light to certain features.

10. How To: Contour and Highlight for Pale Skin by Stephanie Lang
It can often be challenging to find contouring shades suitable for light and pale skin tones. Most bronzers and contouring powders tend to be too warm-toned and leave us channeling Snooki circa her Jersey Shore days—not the look we’re necessarily going for. Stephanie brings us the ultimate guide to contouring for all us pale-skinned girls.