Color, Contour, Brighten: The Best Face and Cheek Products

We've rounded up the most reliable beauty products to contour, color, and brighten your face to perfection.

Smashbox Step-by-Step Contouring Trio is a set of three creamy sticks that makes even a contouring newbie achieve a pro-like job. It comes with a cheat sheet and the formula easily glides and blends evenly (no harsh lines!) for the most natural looking contour. We tried this on a bare face and fooled quite a number into thinking we got slimmer (and had a nose job). P2,400, Beauty Bar, Greenbelt 5, 757.5028.

Guerlain My Terracotta Summer limited edition adds a bit of gold shimmer for a natural looking, glowing tan. P4,000, Rustan's Makati, 813.3739.

For a matte finish, The Balm Desert Bronzer is a rosy-brown hue that’s fade-resistant. Beauty Bar, Greenbelt 5, 757.5028.

Laura Mercier Baked Bronze Blush compact can be used over the cheeks as a blush or over the forehead and jawline as a contour powder. The marbled powder tile blends easily, has a non-dusty formulation, and includes moisturizing and non-oxidizing ingredients. P1,750, Rustan's Makati, 813.3739.

Since we love our cushion foundation, we’ve stocked up on this limited edition Kye X Shu Uemura Fresh Cushion Blush, which gives the same dewy glow, blendable application, and long-lasting effect. P1,890, Power Plant Mall, 945.7322. 

What we love best about color-blocked face and blush kits like Smashbox Baked Fusion Soft Lights is how they allow us to adjust color intensity and tones with just one compact. This four-shade pan gives the right flush for various day to night looks. P1,650, Beauty Bar, Greenbelt 5, 757.5028.

M.A.C Vibe Tribe Gleamtones Powder creates a warm flush of adjustable color on the cheeks while working as a contour and bronzing palette too. P1,750, Rustan's Makati, 813.3739.

The light-diffusing powder pearls of Guerlain Météorites brighten the face and sculpt naturally. P3,500, Rustan's Makati, 813.3739.

The best-selling Nars Blush in Orgasm deserves a category of its own, especially now that the shimmery pink coral palette that looks flattering on every skin tone just got supersized. P1,650, Rustan's Makati, 813.3739.


Perricone MD No Blush Blush is the skincare version of a lip and cheek tint, delivering a natural and youthful flush while infusing the skin with antioxidants. P1,750, Rustan's.

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