What Tools Do I Need for Highlighting and Contouring?

The most important aspect of a good highlight and contour is precise application. The right tools help you blend colours beautifully for a seamless and natural finish.

The most important aspect of a good highlight and contour is precise application. The right tools help you blend colours beautifully for a seamless and natural finish. Here's what to look for when you shop for brushes and other applicators.


What tools do I need for highlighting and contouring?


Brushes for Contour


A short, narrow, and dense brush: A brush such as the Sigma 5F7 is a great item to start your contour brush collection. This brush has been specifically designed to fit into the hollows of your face. The short bristles give you precision and ultimate control over product placement. A brush like this is best used to define the cheekbones and narrow the nose where you want accurate, straight lines.

A soft, angled brush: If you want a softer finish to your contour, use a brush such as the Sigma F40. This model is still carefully sculpted, but the softer and longer bristles mean you can apply the product lightly without the risk of harsh lines. This brush is perfect for contouring your temples and jawline with powders.

A small contour brush or eyeshadow brush: The first two brushes may be too large for some parts of your face. You can switch to something like the Sigma F05 to reach these areas. The Laura Mercier Angled Eye Contour Brush works well too. Both of these brushes have great precision and work well to blend product evenly.

A blending brush: Once you've applied your contour, use the Bobbi Brown Face Blender Brush or similar to go over all of your product and make sure it's blended well. This step is particularly important if you're using a short, narrow brush to apply the product, because the blending brush blurs harsh lines.

 

What tools do I need for highlighting and contouring?

 

Brushes for Highlight


A fan brush: The Sigma F90 is a great tool for applying highlighter, as it ensures even distribution and a light dusting of product. It’s very hard to go heavy-handed with fan brushes, which makes them foolproof tools for highlighting. However, a fan-shaped brush should only be used with powder products.

A bevelled brush: If you're using a cream highlight, you may want to consider the Sigma F03. This brush is very versatile, as you can use it to apply both cream and powder highlighters. The Sigma F03 can also be used in smaller areas such as the brow bone and inner corner of the eye. Due to the long handle and narrow tapering, this brush is perfect for placing just a small amount of product and blending effortlessly.

Trying to contour with the wrong tools is a headache. You'll need a very steady hand, and the blending will be tiresome. If you want to contour and highlight effectively, it is worth investing in some new tools to ensure a natural finish.

 

What tools do I need for highlighting and contouring?