Tried and True Review: Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder

Kevyn Aucoin was renowned for his dramatic and incredible transformations of the human face. By utilizing contouring and highlighting, Kevyn could sculpt a person’s features so much that he would render them unrecognizable. Two of my favorite transformations were when he turned Calista Flockhart into Aubrey Hepburn and Gywneth Paltrow into James Dean simply by using the power of makeup.

Kevyn Aucoin Celebrity Transformations

Kevyn was the king of contour, so it’s not surprising that the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder is my holy grail contour product. It’s been in my kit for over 6 years.

Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder


My favorite thing about the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder is the color. Contouring has reached new levels of popularity lately and I see way too many people using bronzer, or too warm of a foundation color. The purpose of contour it to fake a shadow, and an orange shadow looks ridiculously unnatural.

The Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder is formulated with brown, gray and red pigments in order to create the look of a natural shadow. When properly applied, it can be effectively used to shape, sculpt, minimize or sharpen features. 


For a while, you were only able to buy The Sculpting Powder in Medium, but the brand has recently expanded by adding a light and deep option to their contour collection. I have only used medium so far, and I find it works on the majority of caucasian and lighter skintones. For deeper complexions, I currently use a different brand. Kevyn Aucoin’s deep contour powder is on my list of things to try.

Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder Review


The Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder goes on smoothly and blends really well. It’s also extremely pigmented so a little goes a long way. You can apply it with a fluffier brush to create subtle depth, or use a more dense brush for more extreme sculpting. 

Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder


 The Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder is on the more expensive side of contouring products. It’s extremely pigmented though and a little goes a long way. I’ve literally had the same Sculpting Powder in my kit for over 5 years and it’s still going strong. If you notice from my photos, my powder is in the older packaging. I haven’t needed to replace it yet. 

This Sculpting Powder is $42 and they offer a 40% discount to professional makeup artists.

Kevyn Aucoin Contour Powder

Will it be Going in my Kit?

Yes, it’s been in my kit for years.

Cruelty Free?


Natural and/or Environmentally Friendly?



Talc, Polyethylene, Nylon-12, PTFE, Phenyl Trimethicone, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742).

Celebrity makeup artist, Beau Nelson uses Kevin Aucoin’s Sculpting Powder on his clients. It was used here on Kristen Stewart for an appearance. 

Have you used the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder? What is your holy grail contour product?

Disclaimer: I purchased this product and have not been contacted by the brand to make this review. Some links may be affiliate. 

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