T&C Luxury Beauty Awards: The Best Blush, Contour Products, and Highlighters For a Slimmer, Defined Face

Shade and illuminate your face in the right areas with these wonders.

You won’t need to be a painter or a pro makeup artist to master slimming your nose, adding cheekbones, or making your face look smaller through makeup with these hardworking and easy-to-use enhancers, from creamy contour palettes and highlighting powders to gorgeous blush. 


Best Powder Blush: Nars Orgasm Blush

Photo by NARS.

This compact that needs no introduction to the world’s biggest beauty junkies still deserves the top spot for its universal peachy pink hue. We all gravitated to it because of its audacious name, and remained loyal because it just always delivers. 

P1,800; Rustan’s The Beauty Source

Best Cream Blush: Shiseido Minimalist Whipped Powder Blush

Photo by SHISEIDO.

While cream blushes are having their moment in the spotlight, the Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush is on a league of its own. A gentle dab into the pot will produce enough of the product you’ll need to spread onto your cheek. The “air-whipped” cream feels pillowy to the touch and once applied to the skin, creates a silky feeling. The brand’s AirFusion Technology complements any makeup you’ve already got on, so it’s easy to layer and blend. With a delicate smear of color across the cheekbones and along the nasal bridge, the blush can softly light up the face.

P2,000; Power Plant Mall; Glorietta; Alabang Town Center; Greenbelt 5; Shangri-La Mall; S Maison Conrad; SM Megamall; Ayala Center Cebu; Rustan’s The Beauty Source

Best Liquid Blush: Perricone No Blush Blush


Expect a natural-looking flush when you apply this watery blush that combines skincare and color to perfect the no-makeup look. It works as a cheek serum with brightening ingredients like vitamin C ester.

P1,850; Rustan’s The Beauty Source

Best Bronzer: Benefit Hoola Caramel

Photo by BENEFIT.

This popular shimmer-free bronzer delivers a natural effect, a.k.a. a gorgeous, real-looking tan. Its superfine powder formula quickly sets into the skin without caking or settling into lines. It works well as a base too, in case you want to layer on a highlighting balm to complete the sunkissed look.

P1,990; Rustan’s The Beauty Source; Central Square Mall

Best All-In-One Palette: Guerlain Terracotta Contour & Glow Palette

Photo by GUERLAIN.

Count on this our contour, bronzer, blush, and highlighter palette to give you an incredible summer glow all year round. It comes with a guide on where to apply each color, making contouring and highlighting easy breezy.

P4,400; Rustan’s The Beauty Source

Best Contour Cream Compact: Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate

Photo by TOM FORD.

This balmy duo lets you to subtly sculpt and slim your face without the harsh lines or unnatural shadows. It’s incredibly blendable and buildable, you can say goodbye to uneven patches usually associated with creamy formulations. This compact is such an uncomplicated palette, even beginners can work it like a pro. 

P4,450; Adora, Greenbelt 5; Rustan’s The Beauty Source

Best Powder Highlighter: Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder in Afternoon Glow


Definitely a powder illuminator like no other, Bobbi Brown’s Highlighting Powder in Afternoon Glow delivers that gorgeous cheek shine every time it catches light. Its fine reflective powders in this warm golden hue match most skin tones and works great on top of all foundation finishes.

P2,900; Rustan’s The Beauty Source

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Nicole Limos Morales
Contributing Beauty Editor
Nicole is the former managing editor of Town&Country. After working as features editor and beauty editor of the title’s print edition for 6 years, she helped launch in 2016, creating new concepts and story formats, analyzing data, and mastering digital audiences—establishing the title to become the Philippines’ leading luxury lifestyle website. She left her full-time position in 2019 to focus on family life, while carrying on writing beauty content for T&C as a contributing editor. “I think what’s amazing about beauty is that in its arena, you can really only be a skeptic for so long,” she says. “There will always be a product that will make you believe.”
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