Best Brush for Powder Highlighter

What's the best Brush for Powder Highlighter that you've tried?

I like tapered highlighting brushes like Hakuhodo J5521/S5521/G5521 and Wayne Goss 02 along with fan brushes like Hakuhodo J4004.

— Christine

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Wayne Goss fan brush. For stiffer formulas that won’t pick up on the softer hair of the fan brush, I use the Real Techniques contour brush.

I’m fairly strategic with the placement of my highlighters so I tend to use brushes that don’t pick up a lot of product. It also depends on the individual highlighter — the color and degree of luminosity. And, I’m constantly experimenting so I don’t have one best brush. I’ve even used squirrel eyeshadow brushes. Hey, it’s makeup :).

I love my MODA highlight and glow brush from royal and langnickel. Its the perfect size for me and its especially useful for those very pigment highlighters.

I like the Wayne Goss Airbrush for a more diffused look, the Elf Blush brush and if the formula is really stiff the RT Blush brush.

I like either the e.l.f. Blush Brush or the e.l.f. Angled Blush Brush for the way I apply highlighter. I’m not looking for tiny, precise brushes.

I use the ABH highlighter brush for all my powder highlighters and it seems to work well. I also use the Charlottle Tilbury powder and scult brush for highlighter sometimes, really like that one too for a softer look.

For me it’s the Real Techniques Setting Brush. I’m sure that it’s not the best brush for powder highlighter out there, but for me it works. The highlighter is the last step in my morning makeup routine and the one that I skip the most times (lack of time). I prefer to keep the highlighter confined to small areas (near the outer corner of my eyes, but not on my cheeks; under my eyebrows – exterior area; bridge of my nose – not always), so I need a small brush that I can control.

Wayne Goss’ #14 or his fan brush (the, now, unfortunately, discontinued brown ones – aargh!). For stiffer formulas, I use his #2 or his Air-Brush.

The Real Techniques setting brush and the Spectrum small tulip face brush both do a decent job of applying highlighter without depositing too much on my skin for me.

Real techniques makes a few good brushes that I use for highlighter. The fan brush works well and I have two of the small precision brushes

Current using Lancôme brush #6 (cheek brush) but a travel version (Lancôme #21, mini precision cheek brush) is also a good one for precise application of highlighter.

Hands down the Real Techniques Setting Brush. I’ve tried a few other brushes and they just doesn’t apply like this one does! Love it!

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