Especially now that strobing and dewy-looking skin are all the rage, it’s time to get that #highlightonfleek. But what are the best types of makeup brushes for applying highlighter? Depending on the type of highlighter you choose, and the intensity that you desire, the right brush (or sponge!) could make all the difference.

Whether you prefer a cream, powder or liquid highlighter, and whether you want a glow that can be seen from space, or a barely-there shine, you are covered!. Because highlighter doesn’t have to be as precise as, say, a blush or contour, there’s free spin with how to apply it. Here are four types of makeup brushes that will help you totally nail that highlight!

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Beauty Blender/Beauty Sponge: If you are one for a really light glow regardless of whether you choose a liquid, cream, or powder highlight, a beauty sponge is the way to go. These aren’t able to pick up as much powder product, and any liquid or cream will be slightly absorbed during use. So while it will give you a flawlessly blended highlight, it may take more layers to build up a brighter luminosity.

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Fan Brush: If you tend to be a little heavy-handed, or just want a sheerer application of a powder highlight, a fan brush is the way to go. These brushes pick up less product, making it easier to start small and build up intensity rather than depositing too much highlight all at once.

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Blending Brush: If you want a really concentrated highlight, or want to more easily highlight smaller areas like the nose or cupid’s bow, try an eyeshadow blending brush. The smaller shape will help with those hard-to-reach places while also depositing more product.

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Stippling brush: Stippling brushes are great for powder, liquid, or cream highlighters. And it will give you a different application strength depending on the formula. For powders, a stippling brush will offer a sheerer application because the bristles won’t pick up as much product as some other brush types. However, when using a liquid or cream highlight, a synthetic stippling brush will give a medium to intense application due to its ability to easily blend without absorbing the product.

What method do you prefer and why? we would love to know!



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