Regardless of whether you’re opting for a dewy cream contour or a long-lasting powder, you’ll need the right tools to allow for precision application and seamless blending. Discover our favourite brushes for the task on hand.
The Real Techniques Sculpting Brush is the ultimate tool for sculpting and shaping your complexion. The angled bristles fit naturally to the contours of your face for an easily defined look no matter your skill level. Working with cream, powder, and liquid products, this ultra-soft brush is incredibly versatile, making it perfect for applying contour.
The wide, angled head of the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush is made with super-soft Taklon bristles, which provide dense coverage during application and seamless blending when buffing in colour. This medium-sized makeup brush will allow for precision application as it effortlessly sculpts to the hollows of your skin, perfect for contouring. However, it can also be used to apply and blend highlighter, bronzer, and blusher.
The Real Techniques Blend & Blur Contour Brush is all about flawless results and airbrushed blending at every single step of your makeup routine. The densely packed bristles and unique dome-shaped brushes have been carefully crafted to blur and blend powder, cream, and liquid makeup without streaks and telltale lines, making seamless makeup application effortless for even beauty novices. The Real Techniques Blend & Blur Contour Brush has been specifically designed to deliver a natural and sculpted contour.
Whether you’re applying and blending your contour liquid, cream, or powder to your cheekbones, hairline, or jawline, this unique domed Contour Brush ensures precision colour placement and expert blending. The curved handle allows for a comfortable hold, and the densely packed synthetic bristles create a soft-focus effect for a filtered finish.
The Crown Brush Pro Angled Contour Brush has been developed to create a dramatic yet seamless contour effect to your skin. Providing medium to full coverage of powder, cream, and liquid products, this makeup brush is the perfect tool for building a sculpted aesthetic, whether you want to go bold in the day or achieve a flawless night-time makeup look.
The Crown Brush Pro Angled Contour Brush boasts high-grade synthetic bristles that are super-soft yet dense, letting you easily build coverage with foundations, creams, and contour products. The brush’s angled design fits naturally into the hollows of your face, around the jawline, and along the hairline to apply product. Then, use the brush to buff product in without causing muddiness or losing coverage. With every application, the brush ensures an airbrushed and professional-standard finish.
Natural beauty brand Nude by Nature had expertly crafted the Contour Brush 04 to apply and blend contour, blush, and bronzer pressed powders for a beautiful and skin-like finish. Ergonomically designed to allow for easy control and precision application, the high-grade brush will ensure even and smooth application every single time with a natural and long-lasting finish.
The Nude by Nature Contour Brush 04 uses ultra-soft, high-quality synthetic fibres. These special bristles not only assist the application and blending of all your favourite powder products. The bristles are also cruelty-free, hygienic, durable, and hypoallergenic. Whether you’re a makeup expert or a complete novice, the Nude by Nature Contour Brush 04 is the perfect addition to your beauty collection.
The M.A.C COSMETICS 168S Large Angled Contour Brush is as much a staple to any professional makeup artist as it can be to someone new to contouring and even makeup application, allowing for a high-quality finish every time. This incredibly versatile brush can be used to apply blush, bronzer, highlighter and contour and the synthetic fibres work with both cream and powder formulations.
This angled contour brush has a densely packed brush head with soft synthetic fibres that handle all concentrations of pigment, delivering either a more sculpted finish or a completely natural look. With an ergonomic and durable wooden handle, the 168S Large Angled Contour Brush from M.A.C can be used to both apply cream and powder contour products. Then, blend your chosen product in for an airbrushed finish, free from streaks and giveaway lines.
The M.A.C Cosmetics 170 Synthetic Rounded Slant Brush has been expertly created to apply and blend thick liquid and cream formulations, ensuring a natural and streak-free finish with every application. The super-soft, synthetic, densely packed bristles will buff out even the thickest foundations, bronzers, blushers, and contours to a refined finish. You get high coverage without the cakeyness associated with thick and heavy formulations.
The slightly domed and round slanted tip of the 170 Synthetic Rounded Slant Brush ensures that application and blending is as quick and easy as possible, covering large surface areas with just a few motions. However, the brush tip also allows for precision application, hugging the contours of your face for a sculpted look during contouring.
The wooden handle and nickel-plated brass ferrule make for a long-lasting and durable brush that’s easy to use by both professionals and beauty beginners.
The Real Techniques Expert Face Brush is a bestselling brush created to apply and blend cream, liquid, and powder makeup products. With densely packed bristles and a domed head, the ultra-firm yet super-soft brush will buff even the thickest full-coverage products to a streak-free and airbrushed look. This gorgeous brush is particularly good for creating a naturally sculpted look with highly pigmented contour products, as it will mould to the hollows of your face and blend full-coverage products to a skin-like finish.
The Real Techniques Expert Face Brush is made with super-soft Taklon bristles. These cushioned synthetic fibres are smooth and gentle on the skin while allowing for precision application. These high-grade and durable brushes are perfect for both makeup artists and novices.
Every girl’s dream: a multipurpose brush that can be used with liquid, cream, powder, and mousse foundations, bronzers, blushers, and contour products. Look no further than the elf Ultimate Blending Brush. Designed to give a flawless finish no matter which makeup step you’re on, this versatile brush is perfect for those looking to build a brush collection from scratch.
With its densely packed bristles, the elf Ultimate Blending Brush is perfect for applying contour. The large, dome-shaped head will hug the hollows of your cheeks, buff product at the jawline and hairline, and ensure a naturally sculpted look. Elf’s chosen ultra-fine synthetic fibres have been hand-cut, shaped, and assembled to blend even the most pigmented products. Manoeuvring effortlessly around the contours of your face, it’s a quick and easy tool to use, no matter your skill level.
The Estée Lauder Sculpting Foundation Brush is unlike any other brush design. This expertly shaped tool may look a little unusual but can hug and follow the natural contours of your face for a flawless finish. But the versatile Sculpting Foundation Brush isn’t just for foundation application and blending. It can be used with contour products to effortlessly sculpt cheekbones, slim the nose, and create a more defined facial shape.
Designed by top makeup artists around the globe and manufactured with care, the Estée Lauder Sculpting Foundation Brush is a long-lasting and durable brush. The ergonomic wooden handle is short and lightweight, so you can manoeuvre the brush effortlessly around the face and blend even densely pigmented products to a natural and streak-free finish.
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