Contouring 101: How to Use the Contour Brush Real Technique

by Bisma Khan
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Contouring is one of the hot trends in the world of makeup, but it can be intimidating if you don’t know how to do it correctly. This brush from Real Technique makes it simple to get the contour that you want with your foundation, but only if you know how to properly use this handy tool! This post will help you master contouring with Real Technique’s Contour Brush step-by-step and show you how to achieve the contours of your dreams!

What Is Contouring?

Contouring is a technique used by artists and make-up enthusiasts alike to sculpt and define facial features. The process of contouring focuses on using shades that are darker than your skin tone for them to stand out on your face. This is typically done with a powder bronzer or cream contour product and then blended with a brush or sponge.

The Contour Brush Real Technique is designed to fit perfectly in the hollows of your cheekbones, jawline, temples, and nose bridge. Not only can it be used as a bronzer, but also as an eye shadow or blush applicator!

The bristles are dense enough for blending out heavy products without leaving patches behind but not too stiff so that they don’t glide over the skin easily.

The Right Tools for the Job

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The contour brush is a versatile tool and can be used for more than just contouring. For example, you can use it as a blush brush or an eye shadow brush. The bristles are soft and dense which is perfect for powder products, but I love using it for cream contours because of how easy it is to blend out.

It’s also great for creating a sculpted look with bronzer or highlighter by sweeping the product in a sideways ‘C’ shape on your cheekbones, chin, nose bridge, and forehead. And that’s all there is to know about this specific brush!

There are many different types of brushes for different purposes so don’t feel discouraged if you think this one doesn’t fit your needs. Make sure to take care of them properly so they last longer. I recommend washing them once every 2-3 weeks and drying them flat instead of standing upright. You can also invest in additional brush guards to ensure they stay clean while stored away!

How to Use the Contour Brush Real Technique

The contour brush is a great tool for creating that perfect sculpted look. It’s also a great tool for adding dimension and highlighting facial features. The key is finding the right brush with the right density, shape, and size.

1) Figure out what you want your brush to do by asking yourself these questions:

a) What are my goals?

b) What are my features?

c) Will I be using this on myself or others?

d) Do I want full coverage or light coverage?

2) Decide which brush is best for you based on what you answered.

Here’s how to use the contour brush best!

-Step One:

Cleanse skin thoroughly before applying any products.

-Step Two:

Apply an even layer of moisturizer all over the skin then wait five minutes so it can soak in before applying makeup. Apply foundation where needed and set it with powder. Use a fluffy round brush (not pointed) to sweep on bronzer from temple to hairline, under the jawbone, down the neck, and across collarbones. These areas are often overlooked but will help define cheekbones.

-Step Three:

Select your desired product for blush application; it can be anything from powder to cream blush depending on preference and desired finish.

Hints and Techniques for Flawless Contouring

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Contouring is a technique that often intimidates people, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are some hints and techniques for flawless contouring.

-The first thing you want to do is make sure your face is clean and dry. This ensures that your makeup will stay in place and not smudge when you apply it.

-Next, apply your bronzer with a contour brush in small circular motions. You want it to look like a natural sun-kissed glow – don’t pile on too much bronzer or you’ll end up looking like an Oompa Loompa!

-Now take your blush brush (or small, fluffy brush) and dust some blush along the tops of your cheekbones.

FAQs About Contouring

What is contour and why do I need it? A contour brush can be used for highlighting, sculpting, or bronzing. Contouring is the process of using a darker color to create shadows on your face, usually around your cheekbones, chin, and forehead. It makes features stand out more and adds depth. What’s the difference between a contour and a highlighter brush? Generally speaking, both brushes are used for highlighting certain areas of your face. However, with a highlighter brush, you would use lighter colors than you would with a contour brush.

A good rule of thumb is to have an area that’s a shade darker than your natural skin tone and one that’s lighter. You can also mix in other shades depending on what you’re going for. It takes some practice but once you get the hang of it, there are so many different things you can do!


Finally, it’s time for me to put this contour brush real technique tutorial to bed. I hope you enjoyed reading about all of these little tricks and tools that can help you get that perfect contoured look. Remember, practice makes perfect! So try out some of these techniques and see what works best for you! Good luck and happy contouring 🙂


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