Contouring For Beginners + NYX Pro Contour Palette Review

November 22, 2017
NYX South Africa

For the past two years I have banged on and on at you about contouring. I show you how I do it in videos and share all of my fave contouring products. But I have never actually broken down the beast that is contouring. I figured what better time than today, and what better product than one that can be used on various skin tones.

NYX Contour Palette

To begin with, let’s chat about contouring and why I personally love it so much. The basics of contouring are as follows, highlight where light naturally hits, darken where shadows normal sit. That’s a little rhyme I told myself when I first started contouring. Now don’t get me wrong, I didn’t automatically pick up an angled brush and willy nilly start drawing lines all over my face with a darker shade. Well I did, but it didn’t go very well. The trick with contouring is practice. But I’ll get into that later.

First up, you have to find a shade that suits your skin tone. Easiest rule of thumb is to find a shade that is two tones darker than your foundation shade, this we will use to create the shadows. There is a lot of speculation as to whether beginners should use powder or creme shades when learning, but for the sake of this review, we’re going with powder.

Theres a lot of trial and error when it comes to finding your perfect contouring duo, thats why the NYX Pro Contour Palette is pretty epic. The palette contains 4 darker shades “shadow creating shades” as I like to call them. So if one shade is a bit too dark and another may be a bit too red, you can mix and match to get your perfect fit.

The contour section consists of 4 matt shades used to create shadows on various different skin tones.


There are no set rules when it comes to make up, we all know this, so there’s no need to be scared to try contouring out. I feel like the NYX Pro Contour palette gives you the freedom to find out what works best for you. For example, I use the shade 07 (cool toned) for defining my cheek bones. But then I use 06 (more neutral) to define my nose and under my chin. I also use it to warm up my face a bit. I found the 05 was a bit too red for my skin tone and 08 made my skin look ashy and dirty. But for darker skin tones it would work perfectly to create a defined shadow. The great thing about the palette as well is that the pans can be replaced or changed whenever you want to. So you could create a palette that would perfectly suit you.

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The top row contains 2 shimmer highlighters , 01 Ice Queen and 04 Nectar. As you can see by the swatches Ice Queen is far to light for my pale skin tone. But would look stunning on darker skin tones. 04 Nectar actually works really nicely for the finer detail highlighting. I use Nectar on my cupids bow and brow bone.


I use the yellow powder, 04 Cream, as a setting powder for my concealer. All the little places where I usually place concealer, a yellow toned powder helps to brighten and even out any discoloration.

As you can see, this palette really is a go to for someone who has no idea what products to buy and where to start. Thats not to say its only for beginners. The selection given lends itself to multiple looks that you can create to give your face more dimension. Ultimately, that is what contouring is. Creating dimension to a face that would otherwise look flat due to foundation application.

I created a little face chart to show you guys what I use where, but let me know if a video would be more helpful and I’ll get one filmed. The best thing about the NYX Pro Contour Palette is that the shades are so simple to blend. If you’re starting out, always remember less is more. You can always add more but its super difficult to “remove” a darker shade without creating a dirty looking face. As usual what do I always say, blend blend blend blend and blend some more.

The NYX Pro Contour Palette retails for R395 and you can purchase it from either a Clicks or you can head to one of NYX South Africa’s stand alone stores at either Canal Walk or Sandton. If you guys would like me to do an in-depth post on brushes etc, let me know!

Hope this helped, until next time…




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