Contour & Highlight- best brushes for the job!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Personally, i think the brushes you use to highlight and contour are just as important as the products you're using to do so.

Here are some of my favorites for both cream and powder highlighting at a variety of price-points.

Cream Highlighting

  • e.l.f. Flawless Concealer Brush: $3- Not only is this brush a bloody bargain but its one of my favorites for correcting, concealing and highlighting small areas. Perfect to highlight under eyes, down the nose and the center of the chin.
  • it Cosmetics Dual Airbrush Foundation Concealer Brush: $48- To buff out or highlight larger areas or less precisely, i like using the larger end of this brush because although its still fairly dense, its still fluffy enough to give an airbrushed finish.
  • Sigma F65 Large Concealer Brush: $18- For those who prefer a traditional foundation brush for cream products, this is a great sized brush for precise, yet easy work of cream highlight under the eyes, chin and forehead. Turn it length-ways to highlight down the nose. 
  • Sigma P84 Precision Angled Brush: $18- I like this to apply thicker cream products under the eyes for a really flawless, full coverage. Also great for other small areas like the nose and center of the chin.

Cream Contouring

Powder Highlighting

  • Real Techniques Setting Brush: $8- This is perfect for highlighting and setting under the eyes with your favorite matte highlight shade. Its softness and pointed tip also make it perfect to highlight down the nose and for shimmer highlight on top of the cheek bones. 
  • e.l.f. Blush Brush: $3- This works well to highlight small areas due to its pointed tip but also works well for larger areas like highlighting the center of the forehead or running it on the tops of your cheek bones. Also great for shimmer highlight by just dusting the very tip in the product.
  • e.l.f. Fan Brush: $3- Not everyone likes fan brushes but i think this one is perfect for applying VERY shimmery highlighters with a light hand. You really can't mess it up with this one.

Powder Contouring

  • OCC Small Powder/ Blush Brush: $24- This is my all time favorite for easy powder contouring. Its small and dense enough for precise application but also soft enough to make easy work of blending. Great for everyone from beginners to pros!
  • e.l.f. Mineral Powder Brush: $3- This is basically a slightly softer version of the above brush so gives a more natural effect if thats what you desire.
  • e.l.f. Blush Brush: $3- Use the flat edge of the brush to apply a defined line then twist is 90 degrees to buff the product out. A great multi-tasking brush!


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