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.

— Christine


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MStiteler Avatar

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.

Nancy T Avatar

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.

Pearl Avatar

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.

Flaky Avatar

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.

Victoria Avatar

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.

Elizabeth K. Avatar

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.

Mindy Avatar

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.

Lulle Avatar

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.

Stephanie Avatar

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.

Rachel R. Avatar

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.

Nerdmompp Avatar

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.

Kate Avatar

I use my sigma F25 tapered brush. I lightly tap it onto my high cheekbones, and sweep it through my t-zone, not quite to the tip of my nose (I have a pointy nose, so if I highlight the tip it just looks weird). Like many others, I lightly sweep along my cupid’s bow and a bit on my chin (not too much or I look like I ate a greasy burger!).

Brittany Avatar

I almost always use my Eco Tools fan brush to apply a powder highlighter to the high points of my cheekbones, tip of my nose, sometimes the bridge of my nose, and then I’ll apply the highlighter to my cupid’s bow with my finger because I like it heavier there. I don’t currently own a product marketed as a face highlight, so I use “Telepathy” from the KVD Monarch palette most of the time, or some other shimmery shadow.


I use my Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow blending brush, which is dense and a bit too long for blending… But it is perfect for applying highlighter. My favorite one is the Kevyn Aucoin Celestial powder.

Phoebe Avatar

I have a powder brush which I can’t remember where from, but it’s soft and too small for powder so I use it with Mac Lightscapade on my cheekbones blended up to my temples and brow bone, Bridge of nose, tiny bit below and above lips, and a more defused amount on the centre of my forehead. If im going for ultra glowiness, I will apply Benefit Highbeam under and use more Lightscapade, or maybe even add Mac Strobe cream. I love highlighting!

Fran Avatar

I apply powder highlighters with a small brush, like the Wayne Goss 04 brush or MUFE 144 precision highlighter and concealer brush, just to the tops of my cheekbones and a dab at my Cupid’s bow. For creams, I use my finger or the MUFE 144. Once all my cheek products are on, I blend it all gently with a bit of Ambient Lighting Powder and the Cover Fx Powder Brush or Hourglass No. 2 Foundation/Blush brush.

Claire L Avatar

If it’s powder highlighter and it’s for going out at night, I use a medium sized blusher brush and apply to the top of my checkboxes, up a bit to my temples and a bit under my brows. If it’s a cream or liquid highlighter, I use my fingers to apply that. I don’t do my forehead, nose or chin as I’ve combination skin. If it’s a daytime look, I’ll use a subtler highlighter like NARS Nico and do it all over my face with a bit more on the areas I’ve already mentioned.

Dana (squidgeaboo) Avatar

I was using a medium powder brush and focusing on my cheekbones, chin, cupid’s bow, and that triangle area between the eyes, leaving my nose as I wear glasses. I saw my favorite MUA for a consult and he recommended I keep my highlight closer to the center of my face, as I’m a bit chubby right on. That is, closer to the apples of my cheeks,crather than on my cheekbones.

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