Contouring: a word you’ll have heard and used countless times over the last year or so, I can almost guarantee it. I’ll admit, me and contouring didn’t hit it off straight away, pale as paper and an orange powder was never going to give me a great confidence. Once I’d found an alternative contour powder, and still couldn’t get the hang of it I realised it must be the tools, (because when it comes to makeup one can obviously blame their tools,) so I decided to invest in the RealTechniques Sculpting Set when it was half price at Superdrug.
Now if you have tried RealTechniques brushes before you’ll know they are such good quality for the price. For example, this set costs £20.99, (I got it for £10.99!) Some brands of brush like MAC, will cost you £20+ for a single brush so the RealTechniques sets are such good value. This set in particular I love, mainly because it contains a set exclusive: the Fan Brush. It classes itself as an Collector’s Edition which sounds like it’s going to be an LE item, but this seems to always be available.
The Sculpting Brush was the main reason I wanted the set, it is available on it’s own but as the set was half price it worked out that for only £1 more I could get three brushes! No brainer really. Anyway this brush is my lifesaver when it come to contouring. It’s ever so slightly tapered which allows it to fit perfectly into the hollows of your cheeks. Now its tapered but at the top also rounded which sounds quite confusing, but because of this it allows you to place your product precisely and then use the other bristles surrounding it to blend the product out for a natural sculpting. If you’re looking for an exceptionally sculpted look this might not be the brush in the set to use, but I would always use this to blend out the edges so your contour won’t look too harsh.
If you are looking for a stronger contour the Setting Brush is the brush to try, it might say it’s useful for setting the under eye area but it’s also good at producing definition. The brush tapers at the top meaning you can get a real sense of definition in the hollows of your cheeks and blend out with the same brush. Other uses for this brush are for under eye setting powder and also under eye concealer blending if you choose. Also it’s good for spot highlighting with a powder or cream formula.
Finally is the set exclusive Fan Brush. I’ve always seen these used for highlighter but never got round to buying one till I got this set. It’s a duo fibre brush and the bristles near the handle are quite compact and the ones that pick up the product are fairly sparse which in this case is really useful because not all of us want to look like a glitter ball, (there are moments when I do want to be a glitter ball don’t you worry.) Overall I do like this brush to highlight but most of the time I’ll tend to use my fingers if I use a cream product!
If you’re struggling with contouring I would definitely pick up this set because it has helped me no end! Instead of having a dark smudge across my cheek I now have definition which just adds that extra edge to my makeup. Have you tried this set? What are your contouring must haves?