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Brush Focus: Slanted Contour Brushes

By Sheila Arkee

There was an accident in my kit, causing the end to get chewed up!

I have a confession – I owned this slanted contouring brush for several years before I started to actually use it on a regular basis. No reason, no rhyme, I just didn’t really get why I needed to have such a tool, when I had other brushes to do the same thing – contour. Then I was schooled on the tool by fellow makeup artists, who showed me the wonder of this multi-functional brush.

Why do you need a slanted brush in your life? Since the brush is compact and angled,  it’s simply perfect for …

Applying blush, as well as highlighting the parts of your face you want to emphasize, including your cheek bones, and straight down your nose. The angles of the brush make it perfect for applying darker colors to the parts you want to contour and de-emphasize.

It’s also great for sweeping shadow from under your eyes. 

And believe it or not … so great for applying foundation!  

Since this brush is so great for contouring and highlighting, check this particular Breaking Down Beauty for more info on contouring and highlighting.

Yes, I did draw a "3" on my face.

The brush I use is MAC’s 168 brush, which retails for $32. Here are some comparable brushes from other brands –

Sephora – $28

Sonia Kashuk – $17.99

mark – $9

  • Ninjagato

    I highly recommend the Sonja brushes. High quality and they’re so comfortable to hold

  • http://silhouettescreams.blogspot.com SilhouetteScreams

    I have a Sedona Lace angled contour brush and I really like it, but sometimes it’s a bit too thick/fluffy for contouring the cheekbones