Sculpting the face sounds pretty intimidating to most people but it doesn’t have to be. There are lots of complicated techniques that you see on Instagram and YouTube these days, but I am here to tell you that with a couple of makeup products and the right tools you can have a beautifully-done, natural contour that you will love. Today I have partnered with Real Techniques to show you how I sculpt my face using a few simple guidelines.
They have lots of great brushes to choose from but today I am going to use their Sculpting Set that includes just the right brushes for the entire process. The Sculpting Brush, Fan Brush, and Setting Brush are amazing tools that can be used for multiple purposes, but they really shine for carving out your features.
Whether you are using a cream or powder contour the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush is your best friend. It is dense and compact, picks up product really well, and buffs out harsh lines. If you are looking for a brush to throw in your travel bag on the go then they have a Retractable Kabuki Brush that would work wonders as well. Another option is the Bold Metals 301 Flat Contour, not only does it get the job done but it is also super beautiful!
The best highlighting brushes I have ever used are the Real Techniques Fan Brush and Setting Brush. The Fan Brush is PERFECT for those super shimmery highlights because it picks up the clean and leaves out the chunky glitter, and the Setting Brush is perfect for all types of highlighters, but I specifically love it with powders.
To first understand contouring and highlighting you want to remember that the places you want to contour are where you want to fall back or look shadowed and the areas where you highlight are where you want to stand out.
1 Hollows of the cheek. Sculpting out your cheekbones is as easy as drawing a line under then in the hollows of your cheeks.
2 Perimeter of the face. My face is wider than I would like it to be, so I try and alter the shape by using a contour shade around the perimeter of the face so that it creates the illusion of a slimmer face.
3 Under the jawline. I have a problem with a double chin and I like to minimize the appearance of it with a little contour.
4 Tops of the cheeks. Adding a touch of highlighter to the tops of the cheeks adds further emphasis on the contouring you did below the cheek, ultimately creating the perfect cheekbones.
5 Center of the face and nose. Again to slim the face out, adding a highlight in the center will pull your attention to the center of the face which then brings it forward.
6 Cupid’s bow. If you want the look of beautiful, full lips a quick and easy thing to do is add a touch of highlighter to the cupid’s bow, which is that little v at the top of the lips.
Simple, right? The limited edition Real Techniques Sculpting Set are seriously great brushes and the price is surprisingly super affordable. In case you didn’t know Sam and Nic are the brand creators and they have been some of my favorite YouTubers since the beauty community emerged there. I have a ton of their brushes in my collection because they are of the highest quality. I can’t say enough good things.
Right now Real Techniques are offering you 20% off their of the Bold Metals 301 and Sculpting Brush! The code BLOGSCULPT is available now through 4/1!
Thank you Real Techniques for sponsoring this Sculpting Tutorial.
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