11 Best Makeup Brushes For Contouring

Contouring is as close to magic as makeup can be. By mastering the art of sculpting your face you can elongate your nose, narrow your jawline, and even emphasise your eye shape. It’s a must-know makeup technique which has the power to enhance the shape of your bone structure and completely transform your features. If you’re yet to try out contouring for yourself then this tutorial has you covered – all you need is the right products and tools to effortlessly elevate your contour technique to the next level.

If you’re wondering what kind of makeup brush to use for contouring, you can stop searching the shelves. We’ve put together an all-star list of our favourite tools to use for contouring which can be used with liquid, cream, and powder products to buff, blend, and sculpt your base to perfection.   

Scroll down to discover our edit of the best brushes for contouring.

1. Sigma Beauty F29 Hd Bronze™ Brush

Though not technically a contour brush, we felt this bronzer brush deserved a place in our list thanks its soft and seamless blending abilities. Made from super-silky, high-quality synthetic fibres, this brush effortlessly blends products into the skin for a fresh-faced, airbrushed finish. 

2. M.A.C. Cosmetics 168S Large Angled Contour Brush

Carve out the contours of your face with this angled face brush, designed to perfectly apply your favourite products to your cheeks. With soft, 100% synthetic, firmly bundled fibres that form a buffed edge, this brush is perfect for creating an MUA-style, snatched base.

3. Danessa Myricks Yummy Face 1.0 Brush

A great addition to your makeup bag, this versatile brush is designed for use on all areas of the face, and is compatible with all liquid, cream, balm, and powder products. Thanks to its sloped compact head and densely packed bristles, this brush lets you perfectly place your contour with buildable coverage.

4. Spectrum Collections Kjh Professional Single Brush – 08

Another multi-purpose must-have, this makeup brush can effortlessly apply and blend highlighter, concealer, and powder. With a full, rounded head, this brush is particularly effective at buffing in contour for precise and enhanced definition. 

5. Trixie Cosmetics P-25 Dense Angled Buffer Brush

One of our favourites and not just because of its baby pink colour, this angled brush is one you need in your collection. With densely packed, angled bristles, this brush is designed to blend, sculpt, and define the face. Working at its best with cream and liquid formulas, this brush is ideal if you’re looking to create a natural yet flawless makeup base. 

6. Doll Beauty Bestie Blending Brush

As its title suggests, this brush is about to become your new bestie. With easy application at the forefront of its design, this brush features full and fully synthetic bristles which are designed to seamlessly blend liquid, cream, and powder products into the skin. It also features a thick yet lightweight handle for the ultimate control when contouring.

7. Made By Mitchell Mf4 Face Brush - Angled All Over

This delicate angled face brush is designed to seamlessly define your natural contours while blending all your base layers into one. Its super-soft, angled bristles allow you to blend your favourite products into the skin effortlessly and effectively, every time.  

8. The Beauty Crop F212 Angled Powder Brush

Enhance your features with this ultra-soft angled brush, made from synthetic fibres designed to apply and blend your favourite powder contours. With angled bristles, this brush is an effective and affordable way to chisel your cheekbones, jawline, and other facial features for long-lasting definition.

9. Brushworks HD Contour Brush

For the ultimate flawless, airbrushed finish, you need this baby pink contour brush. Think luxuriously soft synthetic bristles with a tapered end, and you’ve got the recipe for quick and fuss-free face sculpting.

10. Spectrum Collections A05 - Angled Cheek Brush

Another stand-out choice from Spectrum Collections, this angled cheek brush is the upgrade your base deserves. With a fluffy finish and high-quality synthetic fibres, this brush seamlessly blends contours, blushers, and bronzers. In a blue, purple, and pink colourway, it’s time to add some colour to your makeup bag.

11. e.l.f. Cosmetics Ultimate Blending Brush

All great all-rounder, this  e.l.f. Cosmetics large face blending brush is the perfect choice if you’re looking to buff out contour quickly and effectively. Featuring a large, dome-shaped head and densely packed bristles, this brush applies and blends liquid, powder, and cream formulas seamlessly and evenly.

FYI: This article was previously published at an earlier date and has since been updated.