Basic Contouring Tutorial with the 5 Most Essential Contour Brushes
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Step 1) Base Highlight
After applying any base foundation and concealer, use the tapered highlighter contour brush to apply a liquid or cream highlight or a foundation lighter than your base color. Use this to apply and blend products to highlight under the eye and in the inner v of the forehead.
To use, start by dipping your brush in warm water then gently squeezing out the excess. Apply a small amount of liquid or cream foundation to a surface. Gently run the brush through the product, then guide the brush along your face in even strokes.
Step 2) Precision Highlight & Contour
Next, use the precision angled contour brush to apply powder, liquid, or cream highlighter to the upper-outside brow bone and the bridge of the nose. Place a very small amount of product on the head of the brush, then guide the brush along the precise areas in soft, even strokes.
Then, clean off any excess product and use the same brush to apply a darker shade of product to contour the sides of the nose and around the forehead, using the same technique.
Then use this brush or a makeup sponge to blend out the edges with small, circular motions.
Step 3) Sculpt Your Cheeks & Jawline
Use the flat contour brush to sculpt your face with liquid, cream, or powdered bronzer.
If using a powder, pip the brush in the product, swirl, and tap the handle on the edge of your makeup container or sink to remove the excess before applying.
For a liquid or cream product, apply a small amount of liquid or cream foundation to a surface then gently run the brush through the product to coat the brush head. Hold the brush at an angle to move with the natural slope of cheekbones and jawline in long sweeping motions, working from the inside of your face outwards.
Step 4) Apply blush
Next, use the round angled contour brush to sweep color on and just above the cheekbones.
Apply product to the brush head, then hold the brush at an angle and use short and fast sweeping motions, working along the line between the corner of your mouth and your upper ear. Be sure to pick the brush up at the end of each pass before you get to your ear. The lighter you press, the lighter the color!
You can also use this brush to blend in color applied with a blush stick by using large circular motions to blend in the product just above the contour line.
Step 4) Dust & Finish
For a lighter, more natural blush finish, use the fan contour brush to lightly dust blush just above the contour line. Sweep the brush through a powdered product, then tap off any excess before applying.
Holding the brush so that it hits your cheeks at a 45-degree angle, use large sweeping motions, working along the line between the corner of your mouth and your upper ear.
This brush can also be used to dust off any excess product, apply a light highlight above the cheekbone, or apply finishing powder.