With the growing trend of makeup, new and advanced tools are being invented every day to help us make the entire process more accessible, but for a beginner, these tools may seem a bigger hassle. Luckily, we are here to give you all the facts and uses of every kind of makeup tool, starting with the contour brush.

In the world of makeup, contour refers to defining and elevating your features, such as making your cheekbones appear more chiseled or sharpening your jawline. Contouring helps bring out your best features and give your entire face a more structured and slimmer look. This is an essential step for most makeup users in their everyday routine; thus, different tools are invented to facilitate the application of contour powders, creams, or sticks.

The contour brush comes in many different shapes and sizes, as well as volume. The most commonly used contour brushes have a slanted shape in common with tightly packed bristles to pick up the product and provide a solid contour as needed. Most contour brush due to being dense is perfect for sculpting and creating a sharp contour. The less-dense contour brush is utilized when a more feathered or softer look is required as it evenly distributes the product without creating any sharp lines. Depending on the type of look you’re going for, you can choose from a variety of contour brushes, some providing an intense, sculpted look while others are giving off a more natural no-makeup look.

How to use a Contour Brush:

Depending on the kind of product being used, the contour brush can be utilized in different ways. With a powder contour, the brush can be directly dipped or swirled into the powder to pick up the product. After you have the product on the brush, lightly brush it right below your cheekbones to give a lifted look to your face. Apply the product underneath your jaw to define your jawline and provide a more enhanced look. The contour can also be applied on your forehead and other parts of your face to enhance your features further and provide a more sculpted look.

For cream or liquid products, it’s advisable to apply the product directly on the face and then blending it in with the contour brush. The liquid product can also be used directly on the contour brush; however, for a more defined and chiseled look, it’s advisable to apply the product on the face first. That’s all there is to this intimidating yet straightforward tool.

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