Contouring has enjoyed quite the moment of late. Some would say it’s all about strobing now darling, but hey, that’s for another post. I know contouring really divides people, some are all about cheekbones so sculpted you could use them as a letter opener whilst others think it’s all about the natural beauty and look down at those who blend their days away. Personally I really don’t care what anyone else puts on their face: Want to wear a full face of makeup and a smokey eye to go to the post office? I’m cool with that. Feel better barefaced? You do you, boo.
This could (and potentially will be) a whole other rant entirely but I’m getting pretty tired of seeing ladies (and gents) start these warring factions based on how we should wear or abstain from makeup. Some days I want to go full Kim K, other days there’s no way I’m wearing a thing and that is just fine. Anyway, I digress, we were talking about contouring…
Real talk here: When I put my foundation on, particularly if it’s high coverage, I look like a big flat plate face. Naturally my face would have it’s own contour, some shadows here and there, but covering it all in a base product as I am inclined to do takes all that away and I need some definition. Like most women (or at least some, I think?) I have fine light baby hair on my face and sometimes a heavy contour can emphasise them an insane amount. It seems to vary from product to product but certain shades and application techniques leave me looking more bearded woman than Kardashian. (Why am I even talking about the Kardashians? I don’t even watch them!)
This leaves me as you can imagine with a considerable dilemma. Do I want to try and make flat plate face happen or look beardy? Ideally neither, so the majority of the time I turn to two trusty brushes that make a light, natural contour absolute childsplay. The first one I got is by Becca, and is actually touted as a brush you can apply your entire face makeup with including liquid base, blush, bronzer and powder. It’s a big brush but I’ve never really given this a go simply because it doesn’t appeal to me. If I was ever stranded on a desert island I would give it a whirl but I’m happy using a few more brushes on a daily basis. What I use this for is a quick and easy application of contour.
Because the brush is straight at the edges it can give a really blunt, precise application of colour. I press it into the hollows under my cheekbone and apply, it looks harsh at first but since it’s also super soft and fluffy when you angle it differently it can blend and buff the colour, leaving you with a natural, easy contour. It’s also good for taking colour up to the temples and hairline, so I can apply my contour and bronzer shades with just this brush.
Granted, this is on the pricier side of things, so I have also been putting a cheaper alternative to the test. Enter the EcoTools Face And Body Sculpting Brush. These two aren’t exactly the same when it comes to shape, the EcoTools brush is much more dense and doesn’t have as slim or nimble a side profile as the Becca offering. Don’t be alarmed, this doesn’t hinder contouring too much since it’s the edge you’re really working with, that’s the only thing that really matters here as it’s only at the buffing stage that the whole brush will be touching your face. When it comes to blending the Becca has a slight edge (pun intended!) as the brush hairs aren’t as tightly packed – the EcoTools brush feels a little more clunky (in part due to the chunkier handle) but you can achieve the same look with both, it just requires a different technique.
Both brushes wash nicely, I’ve had these for a while and they still look and feel great. The EcoTools brush dries quicker since it’s synthetic compared to the Becca’s (cruelty free) real hairs, but both hold their shape and work amazingly for a quick contour as well as applying bronzer or powder down the décolletage or onto the shoulders. Price wise the Becca brush is £40 (I know, I know but it’s good) and is available at Cult Beauty, the EcoTools Face & Body Sculpting Brush is a little harder to track down but I managed to find it on Amazon for a bargain £5. It definitely isn’t as refined as the Becca brush it is a good place to test the water to see if it’s a contour style you like or a good alternative if you want to save some cash.[show_shopthepost_widget id=”931095″]
What are your favourite contour brushes? Have you tried anything like these?
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