For a while, I struggled to find a contour shade that wouldn’t make me look orange. With my skin tone (fair with yellow undertones- think MAC NC15 or NARS Gobi), I had problems finding a shade that would hollow out my cheekbones, without being too dark or warm toned. Here’s some of the shades that work for me, and swatches!
NYX Blush in Taupe (Old Formula) – ~$5 CAD
Infamous in the online beauty community, and for good reason. It’s reasonably priced, and creates the perfect shadow on pale skin tones. The shade is a very cool-toned brown. Although the colour is great, I am disappointed by the formula. It’s wear time is only decent. The powder seems to get a hard residue over the top of the pan, making it almost impossible to pick up product, even with just your finger. I’ve heard that you can scratch the hard residue away with a spoolie, though.
Inglot Freedom System HD Sculpting Powder in 502 – $16 CAD
This item is a little bit more pricey than the NYX Taupe, but I find the overall quality of the powder to be better. Inglot 502 is slightly warmer, but I can still get away with this shade as a contour. I need to be very light-handed because the product is very pigmented with a smooth texture. Lasts all day on my face. Definitely remember to tap the excess off your brush.
As a bonus, Inglot has multiple shades in their sculpting range, so if this particular shade doesn’t work for you, there’s lots to experiment with!
NYX Nude Matte Eyeshadow in Bare my Soul – $8 CAD
Although it isn’t a face powder, Bare my Soul is the perfect eyeshadow to sculpt the face. It’s VERY cool in tone, more pigmented than NYX Taupe and blends beautifully. This is my favourite of the three, because I love how buildable it is, and the colour really mimics a shadow on your face. Honestly, I thought the swatch looked very intimidating at first, but I’m so glad I tried it out. Doesn’t fade all day! I also use this shade in my brows to fill them in.
I hope this helps someone who has a similar skin tone. 🙂