4 Best Brushes For Highlighting And Contouring

Publish date:
April 7, 2015
brushes, contouring, highlighting, makeup brushes, morphe

One makeup technique that eluded me for a long time was highlighting and contouring. While I loved the overall effect, I was never able to make it work for me. After experimenting with different methods, I found four brushes that have made blending my contour and highlight a snap.

Morphe Brushes G30 Flat Contour ($14.95)

Morphe Brushes is fast becoming one of my go-to brands for affordable brushes. While this brush is a little higher priced than other Morphe offerings, it's well worth it. The synthetic bristles are super soft and dense; they buff out the contour along my forehead, chin, and cheekbones with minimal effort. I recently saw a similar brush in the e.l.f. Studio line if you're looking for something cheaper.

Morphe Brushes M164 Small Flat Angled Contour

The bristles on this brush are super short and stiff yet still soft. I love this brush for contouring smaller areas like just below my lower lip and along the sides of my nose because it's small enough to hit both of those areas without muddying up my look. This brush is new and not yet available.

Morphe Brushes M335 Mini Buffer

I'm a big fan of buffing brushes in general (the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush is a favorite for blending out foundation) but the compact size of this brush makes blending out cream highlight so easy because it can get into smaller areas like under the eyes and down the center of the nose. Unfortunately this one is out of stock right now.

Morphe M438 Pointed Contour Brush ($10)

This brush is a great dupe of the coveted Sigma F35 Tapered Highlighter brush--and it's $14 cheaper. I love this brush for setting my under-eye concealer as well as dusting on a powdered highlighter on the high points of my cheekbones and just above the Cupid's bow.

  • What brushes do you use for highlighting and contouring?
  • Have you tried Morphe Brushes yet?