Which brush for highlighter?

by:Suprabeauty     2023-07-04

Application is the most vital part of makeup when you want to achieve a perfect look. Highlighter has become an essential makeup product over the past few years. It helps to brighten your face, highlight your features and adds a healthy glow to the skin. However, the wrong brush can ruin the effect of highlighter application or make it less visible. In this article, we will discuss which brush for highlighter is the best fit for every different particle size and formula.

1. What is Highlighter?

Highlighter is a makeup product used to enhance your facial features and make them more noticeable, generally used in the highest points of your face. Like the bridge of your nose, cheekbones, inner corner of your eyes, forehead, brow bone, and the Cupid’s bow. The most common types of highlighters are powder, liquid, cream, and stick form. All of them have their benefits and are preferred according to personal preferences.

2. How to choose the right brush for highlighter?

Choosing the right brush for highlighter can make a significant difference in the final look. A highlighter brush should be soft, flexible and able to apply products gently and smoothly. It should also be able to blend in the highlighter seamlessly, so that it doesn’t leave harsh lines on the face. The type of brush depends on the texture of the highlighter being used. The following are some of the best brushes for different highlighter formula:

3. Fan Brush for Powder Highlighters

Powder highlighters are the most popular type of highlighter, as they are the easiest to apply and work with. They come in many different shades and forms, making them a versatile product. A fan brush is a perfect fit for applying powder highlighter due to its unique shape. The brush comprises of a flat, fan-shaped head that creates a natural diffusion of powder on the face.

To use a fan brush, all you have to do is dip the brush into the highlighter powder and tap off and product excess. Gently sweep the fan brush over the highest points of your face where you want to apply your highlighter. The bristles of the fan brush will pick up just the right amount of product and give you a gentle and soft application.

4. Dense Brush for Cream Highlighters

Cream highlighters create a more natural looking and dewy finish. However, it is a bit tricky to apply with just any brush. Using a dense brush is the perfect solution. The bristles of a dense brush are tightly packed together, which picks up the right amount of product and helps blend it into the skin seamlessly.

To apply cream highlighter, use a flat or angled dense brush. Dip the brush into the cream highlighter and spread it evenly on your cheekbones, brow bone, and cupid’s bow. Use the brush in a back and forth motion to apply the product evenly and achieve a flawless finish.

5. Stippling Brush for Liquid Highlighters

Liquid highlighters are the most difficult to work with as they are runny and can be tough to manage. A stippling brush is ideal for applying liquid highlighters. Stippling brush comprises of both long and short bristles which work to pick up the right amount of liquid and blend it evenly on the skin.

To use a stippling brush, shake the bottle of the highlighter to distribute the pigment. Place a small amount of highlighter on your hand and either dab or swipe the stippling brush into the highlighter. Tap off excess product and start applying to the face. Use circular or swirling motion while blending the highlighter into the skin to prevent streaks.

6. Tapered Brush for All Highlighter Formulas

A tapered brush is the most versatile brush for all highlighter formulas and is ideal if you are searching for only one brush for all your highlighter types. The tapered shape that comes to a point in the middle helps to apply and blend the product perfectly.

To use a tapered brush, dip it in your highlighter and slide the brush lightly over your cheekbones. Continue to apply the product in light circular motions, moving outward to the temples and back inward to the hairline.


Highlighter enhances the facial features and gives life to the face. Choosing the right brush is as essential as choosing the highlighter that suits your skin tone and texture. With these tips, you'll be able to find the best brush for highlighter to help you achieve a natural or bold and dramatic look.

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