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The Best Brushes For Contouring

December 24, 2014

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Contouring, as intimidating as it may sound, does have a learning curve but has been demystified over the years with accessible tutorials, brands manufacturing specific contour palettes with included step-by-step instruction charts, and it has even gone as far as gaining its own designated contour brushes. Naturally just like any other brush type, there is quite an open market and many have taken advantage of the gaps that need filling by introducing numerous brushes for contouring. Yet again, potentially complicating the process by overwhelming the consumer with too much choice. I have been in hot pursuit of good contouring brushes ever since I started participating in the trend. A good shape is of course the angled contour brush, but since Nars launched the cult favorite Ita, I have become quite obsessed with this method of contouring. However, since I’m always looking to expand my horizons, I have narrowed it down to 4 different contour brushes that I think are pretty awesome to achieve those chiseled model cheekbones and perfectly straight nose.

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Nars – Ita brush
Perfect to sculpt out tight contours, then blend out any harsh lines by turning the brush sideways making small circular motions. A two in 1 for the price;

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MAKE UP FOR EVER – 120 Medium Powder Fan Brush
Fan brushes are delicate and great to contour with. Simply swipe the brush on the features you wish to contour, go back in with the brush without any leftover product to buff;

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Sigma – F05 Small Contour Brush
Small, rounded contour brushes are the ultimate simplified version of contouring. Great for sculpting the features and with the dense, round brush top you can blend and buff away until all harsh edges have vanished;

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Tarte – The Slenderizer Bamboo Contour Brush
A contoured look is the best and fastest achieved using an angled brush. It gives an instant deposit where you need it using the right shape of brush head. This brush by Tarte is a definite godsend because one side contains the angled shape to create that professional contour job, the domed shape side of the brush gives the opportunity to immediately blend away edges and lines without having to use a separate brush to do so.

What brush do you use to contour?

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