Aaahh the partner in crime to highlighting: the good old contouring. It’s like hearing these terms together is almost as iconic as Bonnie & Clyde, peanut butter & jelly, sun & sunscreen (OK, added that as a skincare reminder) but you catch my drift :)
Now, you all know how picky, and at times critical I can be about contour products so if I’m making a post about contour powders, there must be something that ticked all the right boxes for me. I’m talking about the newly released Makeup Geek contour powders…
Makeup Geek Contour Powders
For those of you who may not be familiar with Makeup Geek Cosmetics, they started off with a capsule collection of eyeshadows which were comparable to the very popular MAC eyeshadows at the time – but at a fraction of the cost and without compromising the quality. The rest is pretty much history, as today, Makeup Geek features a full range of eyeshadows from matte, shimmer, foil finishes to glitter, blush, bronzers and of course now contour powders.
The carefully thought out color range was the first thing that caught my attention about these powders. You may have heard many makeup artists, including yours truly, talk about true contour products being “cool” toned as we’re trying to sculpt and shape the features by mimicking shadows – and natural shadows are typically gray/cool undertones. A lot of popular brands who have released contour products have missed the mark on this fine detail, which is why we’ve all seen many makeup lovers sporting orange streaks all over their faces at some point.
What I love about Marlena, the founder of Makeup Geek Cosmetics, is that she’s always hands on with the research and development of all their products and she’s pretty good at it. She’s come up with 8 colors for this contour powder line, not only catering for both warm and cool “under tones” but also all skin tones which I think is absolute genius.
The range is divided into 2 sections: 4x Warm and 4x Cool undertones; and types of skin tones: Porcelain, Fair, Medium and Deep
Top Row: WARM: Love Triangle, Bad Habit, Half Hearted, Deal Breaker
Bottom Row: COOL: Breakup, Infidelity, Complicated, Scandal
I must however clarify, the Warm shades don’t mean orange/bronze colors, it simply means they’re designed for skin colors that have warmer undertones versus cooler undertones so they’re more complimentary – but of course you can choose whatever color you feel comfortable with from the softest contour to the more intense sculpted looks.
Makeup Geek have prepared the following color charts to help you decide which color(s) are the most suitable for your preference:
As an example: I’m typically MAC NC30-35 in foundations which is a warm undertone and considered fair-medium color. I personally prefer cool toned contour products so from this range I would go for both Infidelity and Complicated depending on the intensity of contour I want. To take it a step further, I would also keep Bad Habit or Half Hearted at hand to add a touch of warmth/softness to my looks in summer months if I’m a bit more bronzed.
Makeup Geek products usually come in single pans as do these contour powders and you can buy magnetic palettes from the site to build your own personal collections. The contour powders are $10 each or you can purchase all 8 colors at $65 which is a steal if you’re a makeup artist and need such a palette in your kit.
Makeup Geek and Marlena (who’s the model on the Bad Habit color in the above picture btw) did an amazing job in collating these colors with every skin color/tone in mind which I really appreciate about companies. I can finally confidently recommend contouring products knowing colors, quality and the price are all on point. Makeup Geek products are also paraben, talc and cruelty free and made in the US.
Shop Makeup Geek products HERE
Do you have any Makeup Geek Products? What do you think of these Contour Powders?