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Homemade Contouring Powder

With a few simple ingredients, you can craft your own homemade contouring powder — and learn how to apply it like a pro.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: DIY Beauty
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: DIY makeup
Yield: 2 ounces
Author: Cybele Masterman
Cost: $3


  • Small bowl
  • Sterile container with lid


  • Mix the powders together and test on your skin (over the foundation or face powder you usually wear). Add more cacao or cornstarch as needed.
  • Once you're happy with the color, mix in the essential oil and store the contour powder in a sterile or very clean jar and keep dry.


To use, first, apply a base foundation or powder all over your face. Then dust contour powder in a wedge shape under the cheekbones. The thick edge of the wedge should start at the ear and taper out under the apple or middle of the cheek.
If you have a high brow, a circle of contouring powder along the hairline will create illusion of a smaller brow.
Highlight the cheekbone by dusting cornstarch in a wedge-shape along the top of the cheekbone, again with the wide edge at the hairline and thinning out at the apple (it can be easier to do this with an eye makeup brush at first). Depending on the look you're going for you can then apply a dusting of blusher to the apples of the cheek.