This Is the #1 Secret to Professional-Looking Highlighter Every Time

Updated 11/26/19

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Finding the best highlighter for your skin tone can be a difficult task in itself, and when you couple that with trying to find a great brush to apply it, things can become that much harder. Much like the results that come from using your other cosmetic tools, you'll notice a major difference when you applying your illuminator with the proper highlighter brush. Although it may take some trial and error, once you find the perfect fit you can rest assured that you'll always have a pro-level and illuminating finish. 

To make your search a bit easier, we’ve sorted through some of the best highlighter brushes and found a few that you’re absolutely going to need in your beauty toolbox.

Zoeva Concealer Buffer Brush 142
Zoeva Concealer Buffer Brush 142 $12
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If cosmetic queen Kylie Jenner says she prefers to use a small fluffy brush for highlighting, you may want to follow suit. This one is great if you're looking for a more precise application. You can also use it for blending.

Fenty Beauty Cheek Hugging Highlight Brush 120
Fenty Beauty Cheek Hugging Highlight Brush 120 $32
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Fenty Beauty global makeup artist Priscilla Ono recently shared Rihanna's highlighting technique using this brush. It hugs the contours of your face so you can blend it from the outer eye, up to the temple and then down onto the cheek. We're completely sold.

Real Techniques Duo-Fiber Collection
Real Techniques Duo-Fiber Collection $20
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If you’re going for drama when it comes to highlighting, take a tip from celebrity makeup artist Rommy Najor and use this set. Denser brushes work well for this type of application, and using all three will help you get the look you want.

Make Up For Ever Powder Medium Fan Brush 120
Make Up For Ever Powder Medium Fan Brush 120 $31
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Fan brushes have long been a popular choice for highlighting, so it's no wonder that makeup artist Lijha Stewart told us that she uses this tool from Make Up For Ever to create a delicate glow when working with powder formulas.

Sephora Collection Pro Foundation Brush
Sephora Collection PRO Foundation #47 $30
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The beauty of having a solid collection of tools to work with is that they can have multiple purposes. Who would have thought that a foundation brush would work so well to blend in cream highlighters? Makeup artist Erin Parsons, who's worked with Gigi Hadid and Jourdan Dunn, told Teen Vogue that she applies cream highlighter with her fingertips before sweeping over it with a foundation brush to blend.

Hourglass No. 7 Finish Brush
Hourglass No. 7 Finish Brush $65
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It goes without saying that highlighter works wonders when it comes to illuminating the entire face, and makeup artist Jenn Streicher, who's worked with Mandy Moore, said that she goes for a big round brush like this one to achieve an all-over glow.

Chantecaille Foundation & Mask Brush
Space NK Chantecaille Foundation & Mask Brush $37
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Huda Kattan, the founder of best-selling beauty brand Huda Beauty, says she prefers to using a layered stippling brush—like this one from Space NK—for a more natural finish.

Sigma Beauty Tapered Highlighter Brush F35
Sigma Beauty Tapered Highlighter Brush F35 $25
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As a die-hard highlighter obsessive, I'm never without this tapered brush. It's soft and fluffy but precise enough to use to dust highlighter over my cheekbones and the key areas of my face.

These brushes are dying to meet your highlighters, so it’s only fair that you give them a chance to make it into your makeup bag.

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