What’s Hot: Contouring Skincare

Sculpting your every feature with a combo of dark and light powders is, admittedly, addicting, but a new wave of contouring creams, serums and masks is promising definition without any heavy-handed face-painting. While firming and lifting products aren’t brand new, advanced technologies and clever formulations are reviving the category—and pushing the top finds into our bathroom cabinets.

Most modern-day contouring wonders combine fast-acting ingredients with long-term workers. On the immediate-results side, look for caffeine to boost circulation, hyaluronic acid to plump, and botanical extracts to contract for an instant tightening effect. For slower but longer-lasting changes, you’ll want peptides, which help rejuvenate collagen and elastin, and antioxidants, which protect skin from sag-inducing free radicals.

Whether you want to pop on a mask during your chill time or prefer a night serum routine, there are a wide range of options available for both face and neck. Here, the nine skin sculpters that have us laying off our contour kits.

  • 1 of 10 Omorovicza Firming Neck Cream
  • Omorovicza Firming Neck Cream
  • Omorovicza Firming Neck Cream, $145

    Instead of the plain old water you find in most skincare, this cream packs mineral-rich H2O from Budapest’s natural healing baths. With white truffle enzymes and a compound from edelweiss flowers added to the mix, the dense formula promises to boost elasticity.

    Available online February 2017 at omorovicza.com.

  • 2 of 10 Magicstripes Chin & Cheek Lifting Mask (5 ct)
  • Magicstripes Chin & Cheek Lifting Mask (5 ct)
  • Magicstripes Chin & Cheek Lifting Mask (5 ct), $70

    With its behind-the-ear-hooks, this hydrogel half-mask looks like something a surgeon might wear—a fun way to soak up caffeine and vitamins.

    Available online at thenaturalcurator.com.

  • 3 of 10 Fresh Black Tea Firming Corset Cream
  • Fresh Black Tea Firming Corset Cream
  • Fresh Black Tea Firming Corset Cream, $95

    Like the corset in its name suggests, this cream promises instant tightening via a blend of extracts from black tea, blackberry leaf and lychee seed.

    Available online at sephora.com.

  • 4 of 10 NIOD Neck Elasticity Catalyst
  • NIOD Neck Elasticity Catalyst
  • NIOD Neck Elasticity Catalyst, $70

    Help halt the enzymes that cause elastin to breakdown by massaging this serum along your neck and lower face morning and night.

    Available online at deciem.com.

  • 5 of 10 NeckTreat Spa by Look Beauty Hydro Gel Neck Mask
  • NeckTreat Spa by Look Beauty Hydro Gel Neck Mask
  • NeckTreat Spa by Look Beauty Hydro Gel Neck Mask, $10

    Necks deserve mask love too! Next time you pop a face one on, add this gel-sheet below the chin too for a dose of inflammation-fighting gold(!) and vitamin B3.

    Available at select drugstores.

  • 6 of 10 Strivectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream
  • Strivectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream
  • Strivectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream, $95

    The only thing that’s cute about tech neck is its catchy name. This formula targets the issue while the brand’s signature niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3) goes to work on skin’s barrier function.

    Available online at ulta.com.

  • 7 of 10 KAPLAN MD Neck Sculpting Serum
  • KAPLAN MD Neck Sculpting Serum
  • KAPLAN MD Neck Sculpting Serum, $185

    The roll-on applicator helps circulation and lymphatic drainage while clary sage and sesame seed extracts provide a firming effect.

    Available online at sephora.com.

  • 8 of 10 Rodial Snake Chin & Neck Lift
  • Rodial Snake Chin & Neck Lift
  • Rodial Snake Chin & Neck Lift, $98

    With peptides inspired by the freezing action of snake venom, this gel is your jawline’s new BFF.

    Available online at nordstrom.com.

  • 9 of 10 Dermarche Labs Roloxin LIFT Gold
  • Dermarche Labs Roloxin LIFT Gold
  • Dermarche Labs Roloxin LIFT Gold, $33

    The original Roloxin Lift is now infused with 24-karat gold. The liquid-to-powder rinse-off mask forms an invisible, breathable silica film that provides a tightened feeling for up to 24 hours.

    Available online at sephora.com.

  • 10 of 10 Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream
  • Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream
  • Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream, $29

    After intensive research on skin that maintains a youthful appearance despite age, Olay reformulated its anti-aging classic to include a carob seed extract that helps skin repair itself.

    Available online at ulta.com

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