Thanks to the latest kits on the market, contouring need not be an overly complicated affair; a sweep of brown under the cheekbone, a dab of shimmer on the cheekbone and a dash of blush if you fancy. Ok that’s just for starters. Our love affair with Kim K’s favourite technique shows no sign of abating. Here are our top affordable countouring kits as chosen by’s Aisling O’Loughlin…



Contouring simplicity: Wet n Wild’s Megaglo duo is all you need for basic contouring Image: WetnWild

This is about as basic as contouring gets but at €5.99 it’s a winner for affordability and effectiveness. The yellow powder works great for setting your makeup and the brown, although rather deep, is a dream for those who like strong definition.

BUY HERE from Cara Pharmacy and Beauty for €10.75

L.O.V Cosmetics The Glowrious Highlighting and Bronzing Palette

Contouring magic: L.O.V’s Glowrious palette adds shimmer without the glimmer

First up the packaging of L.O.V is extremely pleasing to the eye and these shades are subtle but effective.  At €14.99 it’s not too pricey for what’s on offer. BUY HERE from


Custom Contouring: e.l.f.’s removeable compartments mean you can choose your favourite shades Image: e.l.f.

The mix and match shades offer a custom built palette to suit your complexion. A sturdy kit with understated shades that you can build if you desire. BUY HERE for €10.95 from McCabe’s Pharmacy.



LAGOM, The Swedish Art of Balanced Living

As described on Amazon where you can buy for the discounted price of €5.60:

Step aside HyggeLagom is the new Scandi lifestyle trend taking the world by storm. This delightfully illustrated book gives you the lowdown on this transformative approach to life and examines how the lagom ethos has helped boost Sweden to the No.10 ranking in 2017’s World Happiness Report.

Lagom (pronounced ‘lah-gom’) has no equivalent in the English language but is loosely translated as ‘not too little, not too much, just right’. It is widely believed that the word comes from the Viking term ‘laget om’, for when a mug of mead was passed around a circle and there was just enough for everyone to get a sip. But while the anecdote may hit the nail on the head, the true etymology of the word points to an old form of the word ‘lag’, which means ‘law’.

Far from restrictive, lagom is a liberating concept, praising the idea that anything more than ‘just enough’ is a waste of time. Crucially it also comes with a selflessness and core belief of responsibility and common good.

By living lagom you can: 

    • Live a happier and more balanced life

    • Reduce your environmental impact

    • Improve your work-life balance

    • Free your home from clutter

    • Enjoy good food the Swedish way

    • Grow your own and learn to forage

  • Cherish the relationships with those you love