Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Brushes I use to contour

Brushes I use to contour

These days it seems everyone and their dog has a contour brush on the market, with all this choice it can hard to know which one will be right for you. In this post I will talk about the four brushes that I use for contouring.... 

The first thing you need to know is the type of brush you need will depend on the type of contouring you want to do. I have two brushes for cream contouring and two for powder. They are completely different. I couldn't apply cream with powder brushes and vise versa. The second thing you need to know is that you don't have to spend a fortune for a decent contour brush. Whilst two of the brushes I use are on the more expensive side, they really don't need to be. They were purchased before I discovered the world of low cost, high quality brushes.

Cream Contour

When using a cream contour (my favourite being the Anastasia Beverly Hills cream contour kit), I first go in with the Morphe G30 - a dense, short bristled, flat top brush made from synthetic fibers. I use this brush to place the product in the hollows of my cheeks. This brush gives a simple but precise straight line. Once I have mapped out my contour with the flat brush, I then switch to the Mac 188 to blend.

The Mac 188 is a small duo fiber stippling brush. using a smaller brush really allows you to control where the product is blended too. When blending your contour (cream or powder) it is important to blend upwards. You don't want any product under the original line you placed as this will make the contour look muddy and wont give you the definition you're hoping to achieve.

Powder Contour

When contouring with powder I first like to go in with the Mac 168 - a large, natural haired contour brush. I usually go in with a more bronzey colour (like Hula by Benefit) with this brush to warm my face up. I place the product in the hollows of my cheeks, across my forehead and underneath my chin and jawline. Once this step is complete, I then take the Real Techniques contour brush and a more cool toned contour colour and carve out my cheek bones and use a fluffly brush to blend slightly.

At the end of the day a lot of the time brushes are a personal preference. If you don't get on with one, try another. If you're not achieving the look you wanted with your current brush, change it up. With companies like Real Techniques and Morphe Brushes offering affordable options it doesn't have to break the bank.

What brushes do you like to contour with? I'm always looking for new brushes to try so please leave your recommendations in the comments below.

Thank you so much for reading

Jay Xo


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