The tools that carve my chubby cheeks into chiseled cheekbones.
I have been trying to perfect my contouring technique for the longest time. I’ve used different products, different brushes and different techniques and never been happy with how it looks. I have quite a round face with non-existent cheekbones so trying to define what’s there is pretty difficult. That’s until recently when I picked up the Zoeva Luxe Face Paint Brush, what an absolute god send it has been! I will reveal more on this brush later on, but now that I’m so happy with my contour routine, it has inspired me to do a post on the brushes I like to use on the daily. If you’re on the look out for the perfect contour tools, keep reading!
Bare Escentuals Heavenly Face Brush | $30.00
I received this in a Cohorted beauty box a while ago and I never really found a use for it until one day I decided to use it for contouring with and I really liked the end result. I use this to blend out my contour to get rid of any harsh lines, and it also works on it’s side to help define my contour.
Zoeva Luxe Face Paint Brush | £13.00
I’ve been wanting a new contour brush for a while, one that will create a more defined and sculpted contour, and this cropped up. Oh my god. I mean first of all I read quite a few reviews on it saying it was a good dupe for the NARS Ita brush which tempted me because I’ve been wanting that one, it’s just way too expensive. I also got even more tempted when I saw it in rose gold because I don’t own any rose gold brushes and it’s so so pretty, I needed to own just one pretty brush like this. And then the price tag convinced me, because £13 for a brush this gorgeous is actually so cheap. I’m just so in love with it, it’s completely changed my contour technique for the better. It creates the most perfect sculpted cheekbones whilst being fluffy enough to blend it out so it doesn’t look too harsh. It’s also the perfect brush shape for contouring my nose with, no more using eyeshadow brushes! I am completely sold on it, and if I could recommend one brush for contouring, it’s this one. You need it.
Mac 168 Large Angled Contour Brush | £28.00
I’ve had this brush for absolutely yonks. It was the first brush I ever bought myself to contour with, one day in the Mac store in little old Covent Garden. I was a lot younger than I am now and didn’t have a bloody clue about contouring, but one of the artists did my contour for me whilst I was in there and convinced me that I needed this brush. I still use it on the daily and I do really love it, but it doesn’t sculpt my cheeks like I want it to, it just helps to blend out any harsh lines and it’s good for using around the face. I wouldn’t say it’s a necessity but it’s well worth the price tag because it’s lasted me so long, and it’s still as soft as it was when I bought it. I don’t think I could ever stop using this but I don’t know if it’s just because I’m so attached to it after all these years?
Real Techniques Sculpting Set | £20.99
Okay so I know this isn’t technically a contouring brush, but I had to include it because it’s a staple in my contour routine. It’s the best little brush ever for highlighting the cheekbones and nose with, I love it. I don’t actually think you can buy this separately unfortunately, I got it in the RT Sculpting Set. However, I do absolutely love the fan brush and the setting brush in this set, both are complete staples in my makeup routine and I would say it’s worth getting just for those two!