Brushes for contouring

DSC_2246Contouring is everywhere lately. It seems every week there is a new method or product to help us achieve the contoured look of Kim Kardashian. I am going to put my hands up and admit, I am not good at contouring. There are some nights when my contouring is on point and my cheekbones look cracking and then there are other nights when I look like I have gotten a slap of a dirty hand on my cheeks. I am getting better at it, but I just find it so hard.

In my quest for the cheekbones of a Grecian goddess, I have tried a multitude of products and tools. I have narrowed my top contouring tools down to 3 brushes that I very rarely go wrong with. These brushes are almost fool proof for creating my desired contoured look. I would love to know what brushes you guys use to contour and if you have any contouring tips. Leave a comment down below.

Blank Canvas F30


I discovered this brush a few months ago, when I saw Sinéad Cady from The Makeup Chair used it in one of her videos. The minute I saw it, I knew it was an amazing dupe for my long lusted after Nars Ita brush. The Nars Ita was always just that little bit too expensive at $42 and I could never justify the cost. When I saw this brush at the Irish beauty show last March, I literally pounced on it . At €19.99 it was a whole lot yet and looked like it did the exact same thing.

The F30 is the type of brush that will contour out chiseled cheeks no matter how good or bad you are at contouring. It can be used with both cream and powder products, but I prefer it with cream products myself. It is important to start with a little bit of product and work up to your desired look, rather than going in and having to try and reduce the amount of product you have applied.

This brush is seriously dense and literally takes the guessing out of where to and how to contour. It is perfect for every one from a novice to a pro and it won’t be long till people are passing compliments on how well you look.

Real Techniques contouring brush

rtIt is hard to do any sort of a brush post and not include a Real Techniques brush. They are all just so good. I love this little brush for a quick natural contouring look. The brushes are dense but soft and fit perfectly into the hollows of the cheeks.  They are not stiff like the Blank Canvas brush, but instead bend and move when applying product.

This brush can be used for both cream and powder products, but I tend to use this one more with my powder products. It disperses the perfect amount of product, and doesn’t tend to give the slap cheeked look.

This can be bought as part of the core collection and like always when buying Real Techniques brushes, I recommend that you buy them from rather than in Boots etc, as they are a lot cheaper.

Inglot 4ss


The Inglot 4ss is a brush that was designed for eyeshadow blending, but is much better used as a contouring brush. This is a super soft dome shaped brush and is the least dense, but softest of all three brushes.

This brush can be used with both cream and powder products, but for me this is the best brush for using with cream products. I love using this with the Inglot Amc concealer in 73 for contouring. They just seem to go together like bread and butter, to create the most gorgeous hollowed out cheekbones.

This brush can also double up to set the under eye area with powder, apply a pop of colour to the cheeks and apply highlight to the cheekbones. It retails for around the €15 mark.

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  • Reply
    June 30, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Great review 🙂 I would like to try the real techniques contour brush! U recommend buying the set on just wondering is there custom charges and vat on it?

    • Sinead K
      Sinead K
      June 30, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      Hi Rebecca, I didn’t pay customs, but I only ordered 1 or 2 things. I think if u keep it under $50 you are ok.

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    August 16, 2015 at 1:06 am

    Just ordered my brushes from iherb. Thanks so much for the tip. I’m only starting out in contour experimenting so can’t wait for their arrival!

    • Sinead K
      Sinead K
      August 16, 2015 at 3:15 am

      Just be careful not to order too much so that customs doesn’t get you

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