Made of synthetic bristles, which are as soft as a puppy’s ears, the medium-size Nyx Professional Makeup Pro Contour Brush is ever so slightly rounded at the top and tapered at the sides, making it ideal for laying down and blending out matte powder pigments. The bristles are densely packed at the base but fluffier at the tips and attached to a long, sleek plastic handle.
Not all contouring brushes have to look like they came out of a sci-fi movie. This little guy looks an unassuming blush brush, but in fact, it’s the ideal shape for sculpting cheekbones out of matte powder. It’s like having two brushes in one: The chiseled, tapered sides help you deposit color along your cheekbones, the sides of the nose, and the temples, while the flat top gives you enough surface area to buff and blend out the pigment. When you swirl the tiny, fluffy rounded brush in tight, circular motions, contouring products go on with an airbrushed finish.
Because the bristles are fluffier at the top, you never get streaks, and the long handle allows for quicker flicks with the wrist, which means a more seamless blend. Even though the brand calls it a contour brush, it also makes a great alternative for applying setting powder. Instead of sweeping the product all over and risk making your complexion looking flat and cakey, target the area around my nose, as well as the center of my chin and forehead, with the Pro Contour Brush to avoid mattifying your whole face and give it a more dimensional glow.
You’ll find the Nyx Professional Makeup Pro Contour Brush in our September 2020 Allure Beauty Box.