Every contour -palette, powder, stick or cream- review starts with the same sentence: I’m not good at contouring. It is true, none of us -amateurs- are. We didn’t grow up watching our mothers applying some every morning, and if it was on the models of the magazines, we couldn’t really notice it. It explains what most of us are very careful with it and why I have been reaching for the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting PowderΒ in Light.

-the shade LightΒ compared to my usual bronzers and sculpting powders-

I love the word Sculpting,Β it doesn’t have the same bad connotation as the word contouring, which often resonates as something heavy and sloppy. And it is also what I like about the powder: I never feel like I’m contouring my face or dramatically narrowing it, at most I’m creating some shade at the very end of my cheeks and on the bridge of my nose. The consistency is so finely milled and the shade so neutral that I never feel like I have to be overly precise with it, I’m entitled to some hesitation and approximation.

In fact, once applied, the shade Light almost becomes invisible on my fair skin. It truly is a beautiful shade, very neutral and very cool toned, it simply looks like a light shadow. It’s a lovely way of respecting the paleness of my skin, complimenting a bright lip; a pared down makeup without compromising on the slimming effect of a bronzer. Sleek yet simple, it is hard to believe that such a small packaging has the ability to compliment both the shape and shade of my face, but it does it so beautifully that it currently overshadows my usual -still beloved- bronzers.


  • Yiotou_La

    I am not good at contouring either, I need to practice! However, I have been using lots of bronzers since the day the sun decided to show up and I love the natural glow they give to my face! x


    • Yes, practicing helps a lot as well! I will always love my bronzers, but it is true that at the moment I prefer to only use this little powder, I’ve never been paler but I like the fresh look it gives to the skin!

  • I don’t like heavy contouring, but find a bit of subtle sculpting very flattering. I’ve been so tempted by this powder, but don’t really know if I should get light or medium…

    • According to the photos on your blog, I would say probably the shade medium (even though I haven’t seen it), just because the shade light is very, very light and I’m quite pale compared to you πŸ™‚

      • Thank you! I’ll definitely opt for the medium shade if I ever get this powder!

  • This sounds quite lovely πŸ™‚ I suck at contouring as well though haha

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

  • I’m much more into soft definition than contouring these days. This looks beautiful but would be too light for my skin xx


    • Yes, it is very light, but I know a lot of people like the shade medium for light to medium skin tones. Glad to hear I’m not the only one who prefers a softer definition over a harsh one πŸ™‚

  • You are such an enabler. I feel like I really need to at least try this!

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Sorry, but it is true that it is a beautiful (and I feel quite unique in terms of shade) product!

  • So many have recommended this and I am tempted to try! I don’t contour everyday but it’s something that I like to do every now and then for special occasions.

    • At the moment, I’m using it every time I wear makeup, but it is only because I don’t feel like I’m contouring my face!

  • I really love this contour powder, I also have the light shade and have already hit pan.
    I use it every day, its just the perfect contour shade for me.
    Great post!

    Vanessa x |

  • Everyone has it but it’s actually worth it, especially for who has a pale skin (meee!). πŸ™‚

    Caterina |

    • Yes, the shade light is so flattering and natural on a pale skin! Thank you for reading πŸ™‚

  • that looks lovely!

    The Fashion Matters– Travel & Fashion Blog

  • I’m not good at contouring and I just have that much time to spend trying to get the perfect contouring shape so defining sounds way better than contouring πŸ™‚ This looks beautiful, I should check this out, probably medium tho, light would be hardly noticeable for me.

    Ela BellaWorld

    • Yes, the shade light is… well, very light indeed. Yes, it is also what I like about this product, it doesn’t require a lot of time to have a beautiful finish on the skin, in fact, you hardly need to blend it out!

  • yes, that is my favourite way to contour and find it looks best because, as you said it, I’m not that great at the art of contouring. I like a light shadow, nothing obvious or harsh xxx

  • I love that you used the word SCULPTING! Sounds so much better and we don’t hear that very often. I love the use of words such as SHADE & LIGHT because that is exactly what you’re doing. I’ve never tried Kevyn Aucoin but MUST. His products consistently receive great reviews.

    • Yes you’re right, I’ve yet to read any bad reviews about Kevyn Aucoin! Thanks you so much for the lovely comment πŸ™‚

  • This product sounds so lovely! I feel like Kevyn Aucoin has been hit or miss for me as a whole, but I do want to look into their sculpting powders. I always hear such good things, and I’m glad you agree!

    Nida | Caked To The Nines

    • This is my very first Kevyn Aucoin product and I’m really eager to try more, but your opinion of the brand is very intriguing to me, which products you did not love?

  • You’re so right that contouring has earned a negative reputation. When I think of contouring I think of weird looking stripes on a face full of Instagram makeup. Sculpting sounds so much more sophisticated! This powder sounds perfect for you πŸ™‚ I tried the medium shade but unfortunately it was too cool for me πŸ™ It ended up looking almost purple on my skintone…

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

    • Oh really? That’s interesting! I’m glad I’m not the only one who associates contouring with bad makeup, I don’t know when that happens, but contouring doesn’t sound that great these days!

  • This sounds like the perfect subtle contour, must pick it up! x

  • The Sunday Mode

    This sounds so good! So wait wait, is this used like a contour powder? As in, would you apply it to the same areas of the cheekbones? Or would you put it more as a highlighter to sculpt like that? Sorry if that’s a stupid question!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • Yes, I use it right underneath my cheekbones, and on my nose when I feel particularly brave that day! (and not a stupid question at all)