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How do you apply your highlighter?

I usually apply with a tapered, moderately dense brush about medium in size, like the Wayne Goss #2. I tap along the cheek bones, down the bridge of the nose, on the cupid’s bow, and just below the center of my bottom lip.

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I use the Goss #14 or #15 fan brush to apply my highlighter to the top of my cheekbones (blended up to the temple) and sometimes my cupids bow. I don’t do my nose or anywhere else. I usually use Becca Moonstone pressed or poured, Kevyn Aucoin Celestial, or Mary Lou Manizer. Then I spritz on a setting spray like UD, Skindanavia, or Tatch dewy skin mist to settle it. If I use a cream I use either my fingers or a stippling brush to blend it into the skin.

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If I want to go soft, I’ll use my e.l.f. stipeled blush brush. If I want some dramatic lights, I’ll just wipe off my blush brush (also e.l.f. Studio, like the Stipeled) and use it, I usually only do this when I wear Shaft Of Gold. With my Colourpop highlighters, I almost always use my fingers. But when I apply highlighter to my cupid bow or down the center of my nose, I *usually* use my ring finger no matter the formula.

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Makeup Geek highlighter brush and I stipplei-pat the highlighter along the high part of my cheeks, down the bridge of my nose and on my cupid’s bow. Then I take a Sigma F50 and swirl it around in Meteorites and sweep and swirl all over the face to get rid of any stark spots. Sometimes I will use a fan brush, but mostly I just use and Makeup Geek highlighter brush.

I recently started doing the same. I press on a little bit directly where I want it. I usually go in with a light finishing powder after everything and that does a great job blending it all together.

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It’s hard to imagine a better highlight brush than the Wayne Goss #2 brush. I also sometimes add on top slightly brighter highlight shade (like say Becca Pressed in Pearl) to smaller areas and on the highest points, and for that use the Wayne Goss #3 which is a much smaller brush, and a very lovely brush too.

I apply powder on to tops of my cheekbones and up to temples with the Elf Studio Blush, which is actually too small and flat for blush but perfect for highlighter. I apply liquid highlighter (Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector) with my fingers for the most control when blending.

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This is what I use and I think it does a pretty good job!

I highlight my cheekbones everyday and brow bone occasionally with either Mary-Lou or MAC Lightscapade.

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I absolutely love the Goss #2 brush. I have three of them now. I use them for bronzer/contour, under eye setting powder and highlighter. I apply the same way you do but I add some to the center of my forehead and just above my brows.

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I use a fairly small soft brush, like Real Techniques blush brush and I swipe very lightly on the highest part of my cheekbones, moving towards the temples.
If I’m using a REALLY subtle highlight, I’ll also swipe on the center of my forehead, bridge of the nose, above my upper lip, and point of my chin, but that’s rare.
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For everyday, I use a fan brush and apply a dusting over my cheek area. I have a wispy one, and a denser one, depending on the product being applied. For more drama, I apply with a little angled blush brush over the apples of my cheeks, etc.

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For powder, I usually use an e.l.f. angled blush brush or something similar. I apply lightly to my forehead, down my nose, and chin. I apply the highlighter more strongly to my upper cheekbones. I pat with my finger to highlight the tip of my nose, my cupid’s bow, and the inner corner of my eyes, so the highlight is more intense than a brush, but still gets diffused. Because I have oily skin, I only use cream highlighters on my cheekbones. I usually just use my fingers, but sometimes I use an e.l.f. Small Stippling Brush. The stippling brush works great with the ColourPop highligters.

I use my finger to apply my girl meets pearl. I apply on my nose, cheekbones and chin. I suppose I should apply to my cupod’s bow as well.

I use Goss #14 brush. It’s light handed like a fan brush can be but with a more traditional shape of a face brush. I highlight the tips of my cheeks and bridge of my nose. I just ordered Inglots SS4 brush which looks like a giant eye shadow blending brush for highlighting. We’ll see how that goes.

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