March 11, 2015

Contouring on a Beauty Budget

contouring on a beauty budget

If you’re embracing the Spring Contour Trend but you’re a bit of a newbie with it you might not want to spend a ton of money on face contour palettes and brushes. I’m kinda just learning it myself and trying to figure out what works best for me.

The thing is I don’t want to spend $50 and upwards for brushes and compacts to learn how to contour!

If you’re anything like me and you’re still in the learning phase you might want to keep your contouring on a beauty budget.

Here’s two picks to help you learn without breaking your beauty bank!

E.L.F. Studio Contouring Brush $6
As you know, E.L.F. released a new flat, short bristled contouring that’s an ideal size for hugging the edges of your face and jawline while giving you dense, shorter bristles to buff powder into your skin easily and flawlessly. And hey, $6 bucks? You can’t beat that price!

L.A. Colors 3D Blush Contour Palette $3.49
Contour, highlight, and add a natural flush to your cheeks with this cute palette! This palette is inexpensive and an excellent way to practice contouring with spending $30 or more dollars!

Are you embracing the contouring trend?

Just learning how to do it?

What beauty budget tools and make are using to learn?

Do share!

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  • Lindsey

    Another great contour budget buy is the Wet n Wild Contour pallets. They are $3 to $4. They are a Walmart exclusive. I just picked up the 2 pallets they came out with. They are decently pigmented and blend really well. The only down side is that its for pale to light skin tones. I highly suggest trying them out.

      • KimMWC03

        I got one of the WnW palettes that Lindsey mentioned above. Man, it is so light that I can barely see it on my skin at all. I got the lightest one of the two since I am pale (I don’t remember the name).

        The LA Colors ones look nice. I may just have to break down and place an order on their site since it is so hard to find almost anything LA Colors where I live (although Kmart does have a few items).

        • amy

          I was wondering when WnW was planning to throw their hat into the ring,LOL! I am off to look these up!

  • amy

    As a contouring addict, who has a myriad of products & brushes that run the pricepoint spectrum, I wouldn’t suggest a brush like that e.l.f. one to a “newbie”. It’s far too easy to pick up too much product, particularly if using a powder, and and can be difficult to maneuver (I haven’t tried this specific brush, but I have similar ones in my stash, and I only use them with creams & liquids). Instead, try the Sonia Kashuk Duo-Fiber Fan Brush; not only is it fabulous for applying & building upΒ contour products, it also works for applying highlighter and/or blush. It’s a little pricier than the e.l.f. brush, but it’s more versatile, and can be used even if you find contouring isn’t your thing. It’s part of the line with the white handle, and I believe it’s around $12-15. The Essence of Beauty Angled Blush Brush is another inexpensive, multipurpose tool, and is umder $10.

    • amy

      As for actual contour products, check your stash for eyeshadows that may work before running out and buying anything. This way, you get a feel for what color you want, and if you want to bother investing any more money into the trend.

      Another suggestion is you don’t have to contour with brown/taupe shades, unless you’re forgoing blush. You can use a deeper matte shade along with a lighter, more “shimmery” shade, as long as they’re in the same range/tone. It does provide a more subtle contour, but it also looks less “obvious”. So, if you have a blush you really love, buying another to complement it isn’t going to feelso bad, as you can still use either on their own!

  • Kiss & Make-up

    I just got into contouring. But I went pro right away with Smashbox, lol πŸ™‚

  • Vanessa

    Sephora has created a super easy way to learn how to contour! Go to . It’s so simple and it shows you how to contour on your own face!

    Also, I need some help with color correctors! I have hyperpigmentation on both sides of my chin that go up to the corners of my mouth. Concealer alone won’t do so I want to try a color corrector, but I don’t know which one. The thing is, my discoloration isn’t just one color. It’s a mix of purple, blue, green, and brown/gray. I know green cc is for red, yellow cc is for purple, and peach cc is for blue. Do I use more than one? If so, do I layer or mix them?

    • Isabella Muse

      I do, it’s a very nice palette! I haven’t tried this palette nor do I own it Deanna so I’m not really sure about dupes or the formula/etc. Sorry!

  • rosarita

    Okay, so your blush has to match the contour shade by being 1-2 shades lighter? Is the highlight supposed to have shimmer or can you have matte highlight?