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The best makeup contouring tools

The best makeup contouring tools: Foundation brush

To ensure a flawless base before you begin contouring, use a foundation brush for smooth application of liquid or cream foundation.   The Body Shop Foundation Brush ($23), at The Body Shop, thebodyshop.ca.   VIDEO: How to contour and highlight like a pro

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The best makeup contouring tools

The best makeup contouring tools: Foundation sponge applicator

A makeup sponge applicator like this one by Beauty Blender can also be used for a smooth finish. Stipple the sponge along your face to evenly distribute your foundation.   Beauty Blender Single Beauty Blender ($26), at beautymark.ca.   The best super creamy foundations

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The best makeup contouring tools

The best makeup contouring tools: Concealer brush

Opt for a concealer brush when applying a liquid highlighter—it’ll make applying product to smaller areas of your face, like under your eyes or around your nose, much easier.   Cover FX Concealer Brush ($20), at coverfx.ca.   10 concealers for undereye circles

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The best makeup contouring tools

The best makeup contouring tools: Angled contouring brush

To add dimension to your face, an angled contouring brush works well on key areas like your cheekbones, along your hairline or under your jaw.   Sigma Beauty F40 Large Angled Contour ($19 USD), at sigmabeauty.com.   Flawless skin: Get a matte finish

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The best makeup contouring tools

The best makeup contouring tools: Tapered contouring brush

The chiseled sides of this tapered brush from M.A.C can be used to contour areas of the face that need more structure (like your jawline or the hollows of your cheeks), while the pointed tip doubles as a blush/highlighter brush.   M.A.C Cosmetics 138 Tapered Face Brush ($63), at M.A.C and maccosmetics.com.   VIDEO: How to contour and highlight like a pro

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The best makeup contouring tools: Flat top buffing brush

To blend your contouring handiwork into “I woke up like this” perfection, use a full, flat top brush to help diffuse any harsh lines.   Sephora Collection Pro Buffing Brush #62 ($46), at Sephora, sephora.com.   5 reasons to switch up your foundation

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The best makeup contouring tools: Kabuki blending brush

Try a kabuki brush to buff out defined lines for a soft, airbrushed look. Typically domed with short, dense bristles, kabuki brushes are great for evenly distributing product.   Cargo Magic Brush ($39), at Murale, murale.ca.   Beauty tutorials: The secrets to flawless skin

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The best makeup contouring tools

The best makeup contouring tools: Fan highlight/blush brush

When using a loose or pressed powder blush or highlight, a fanned brush is perfect for a light sweeping of colour or shimmer.   Jane Iredale White Fan Blush Brush ($21), at pureandsimple.ca.   GALLERY: 50 + fall blushes

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The best makeup contouring tools: Powder brush

Set your beauty piece-de-résistance with a finishing powder. This big, fluffy brush will dust powder evenly onto your face.   Clinique Powder Brush ($42), at Hudson’s Bay, thebay.com.   ELLE international beauty awards: 14 editor approved favourites

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