The Best Contouring Powders for Desis


It’s 2014 and today’s world is obsessed with images.  Whether it’s a Facebook profile picture, Instagram selfie or #OOTD, it’s all about the perfect picture. And to get the perfect picture makeup ventures into contouring. Contouring has taken the world by storm.   Being Desi our skin tones are slightly different then all the celebrities we see in Hollywood.  So read ahead for some tips to help you choose the perfect contour.


How to Choose the Right Contour for Desi Skin

It’s important for Desi’s to look for warm tones, grey based contouring products can look muddy on the face.  Grey pigments can make our warm Desi skin look ashy and dirty.  Always always always choose matte contours, you’ll never get the right contoured look with shimmer in your contour product.  If you have trouble finding a contour as a general rule think roughly two shades darker then your natural skin tone. With so many contouring products out there here’s a list of some of the best contouring products for DESI skin tone.


Contouring Powders

MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Powders

Mac Mineralized Skin finish powders are awesome for contouring because they are natural.  They sit incredibly close to the skin and melt in almost like they are apart of your skin.  The texture, shades and color range are soft so never over the top.  This would work for lighter skin desis (NC20-NC35) Choose colors: dark or deep dark





Two Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

It’s a bronzer, but Too Faced Chocolate Soleil is a beauuuutiful bronzer that works amazing as a contour for desi skin tone.  It’s highly pigmented, so start off with it softly so you don’t overdo it.  Recommend for NC25-NC42 skin tones.  If your on the lighter side apply it sparingly, if your deeper in tone don’t be afraid to use the product generously.




Sleek Contour in #002 Medium

Yes it’s drugstore and the price isn’t the only thing good about it.  Sleek’s contouring kit in #002 medium is the perfect tone of warm contour for Desi skin tone.  Recommened for NC30-NC42.  Though it comes off looking very orange in the pan, it is actually quite natural on the skin, and is easy to apply and blend onto the skinFCK-MEDIUM-500x500

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Refills

This list would not be complete without Anastasia Beverly Hills of course.  Not all her contouring colors are suited for South Asians the colors which are good for us are: Fawn (nose area), Copper brown, Clay or Havana (face) and Carob (if your a deeper skintone NC42+)).  What’s nice about the contour kit is you can choose your own colors to create your customized palette!


NARS Casino

Nars Casino is a very popular contour color.  Its warm tone works well for desi skin-tones and the texture blends in well to the skin.  The color is a classic contour color that works well on olive complexions.  You’ll see a lot of celebrity makeup artists with this one in their kit.  Works well for NC30-Nc42 skin tones.







  1. Andjani

    November 5, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    and what about desi’s with skincolors passed NC42, maybe I did not read carefully, but you only mentioned up to NC42?

    • Nilo Haq

      Nilo Haq

      November 6, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Hi Andjani, NC42+ skin try Anastasia Beverly Hills Havana, Carob both can work on deeper desi skin tones. Too Faced Chocolate Soliel can work on NC42, but not darker skin then that. Also you can choose a powder two shades darker and warmer as a contour so for example if you are NC42 from MAC, you can try Studio Fix Powder in NW40-NW45 as a contour color from MAC. I’m working on a few posts specific to NC42+ skin tones. xx

      • Andjani

        December 10, 2014 at 2:24 pm

        Hi Nilo! Thank you for the answer!

  2. Zulekha

    November 6, 2014 at 9:59 am

    blog is too good no doubt but please do mention drug store brands too as products like Nars , mac ., sleek makeup , abs are not available in pakistan. please give your reviews regarding bronzers of maybelline , mua etc

    • zulekha

      November 6, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      any good bronzer in drug store brand?

  3. Shysta

    November 6, 2014 at 11:47 am

    What brush would you recommend for contouring … which one is the best ??

    • Nilo Haq

      Nilo Haq

      November 6, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      brush, I like makeup forever’s large fan brush, I also like MAC’s #163 & #159

  4. fouzia

    November 7, 2014 at 1:55 am

    thanks for the information .. I am currently using mufe sculpt kit with double end countour and pwd mufe brush , which is gr8 too…will definitely try mac after this

    • Nilo Haq

      Nilo Haq

      November 14, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      I like the MUFE one as well, I was going to add it to this list, only thing is that only 1 from the set is a warm tone contour.

  5. Zanib

    November 7, 2014 at 2:54 am

    Which one would you recommend: Smashbox contour kit or Anastasia Contour kit?

  6. Tayaba

    November 8, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Hi nilo blog is so informative. Plz tell which one is better powder or creme or powder conture n also what r ur reviews abt fitme conture stick 355

    • Nilo Haq

      Nilo Haq

      November 14, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      well depends, powder alone is more natural for daytime, creame always needs to be set with a powder so that combo works better for a heavier contour which looks good for photo shoot or special events. Haven’t tried the Fitme Contour Stick yet. Thank you!

  7. sadia

    November 9, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Hey how can I know my NC?

  8. Sania

    November 9, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    What are you thoughts on the smashbox contour kit for desi’s?

    • Nilo Haq

      Nilo Haq

      November 14, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      I haven’t used it yet, but I’ve seen it. Looks good and the contour seems warm.

  9. Cera

    November 15, 2014 at 9:07 am

    hi, I love your articles .. What I would like is some suggestions from you for people who fall into the category of NC42+

  10. Dr. Saba

    December 16, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    hi Nilo I Ve Nars Paloma bronzer with highlighter is it good for me . I m NC 30

  11. Zara

    December 27, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Must say very informative. I love your articles. Would like to request you to mention those brands that are available in Pakistan not those that aren’t available.

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