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Top 10 Highlighter Brushes

Get Your Best Highlighter Application With A Highly-Rated Highlighter Brush

Get Your Best Highlighter Application With A Highly-Rated Highlighter Brush

Sometimes your makeup just needs one final touch to complete your look. For us, that final touch is always highlighter. The key to looking glowy instead of looking like you just smeared shimmer across your cheekbones is all in the brush you use. Soft bristles that are dense enough to pick up product but not so dense that it doesn’t blend evenly are what all the best highlighter brushes have in common. Whether tapered or fan-shaped, the ability to apply cream or powder is essential. So, we’re recommending the Top 10 highlighter brushes below, all of which come highly-rated and are selling fast at our favorite beauty-tailors. Swipe above your cheekbones, down your nose, and across your forehead and cupid's bow and watch your features transform. The brushes on this list are made from quality materials, have low price points, and most importantly, come in super cute designs and packaging. Brands like Sephora, Tarte, and Fenty are only a few of the 10 fan favorites that are helping take your highlighter to new heights, so act now to ensure you don't miss out on any glowing opportunities. Opening image: @realtechniques

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April 10, 2019

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Sephora Collection Beauty Magnet Brush Collection Highlight Brush
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Sephora Collection Beauty Magnet Brush Collection Highlight Brush

LOVED FOR: Pink ombre and a magnetic stand? Talk about a collection with cool presentation.

HELPFUL TIP: In addition to the highlighter brush, the crease brush in this set is getting major accolades due to its high quality at such a low price point.

Docolor Professional Fan Makeup Brushes Face Highlighting Brush

LOVED FOR: Ultra soft bristles that hold product and apply evenly

BEST FOR: Picking based on packaging 

Beauty Junkees Pro Tapered Highlighter Makeup Brush

BEST FOR: Applying creams, powders, or mineral formulas

HELPFUL TIP: Need more than just a highlighter brush? Opt for the full 5-piece contour set.

Sephora Collection Classic Double Ended - Shape & Highlight #204

BEST FOR: Travel

FUN FACT: Users are claiming this brush to be a great Kat Von D dupe!

Sephora Collection PRO Highlight Brush #98

BEST FOR: Building on product to go from a natural glow to bold brightness

USERS SAID: "This brush picks up highlighter so well and goes on so smooth! I swear I did one easy sweep across my cheek and I was ready to go... I almost want to buy a backup just in case!... Life changer, makeup changer, time saver!!!"

wet n' wild Pro Brush Line Tapered Highlighting Brush

BEST FOR: Beginner highlighters

LOVED FOR: Even at such a low price point, you won't see this brush shedding.

Tarte Bronze & Glow Contour Brush

BEST FOR: A fully sunkissed look

COMPLETE THE LOOK: Use with Tarte's highly rated Tartiest PRO Glow Highlight & Contour Palette!

Sigma Beauty F35 Tapered Highlighter Brush

BEST FOR: Creating just a hint of highlight

LOVED FOR: The tapered tip makes it easy to highlight with precision.

Real Techniques 1413 Setting Brush

USERS SAID: "I used to apply my highlighter with a fan brush...until I got this brush. It gives me more control over the intensity and it holds powder well."

HELPFUL TIP: This brush also works like a dream to set under-eye concealer.

Fenty Beauty Cheek-Hugging Highlight Brush 120

LOVED FOR: The unique asymmetrical shape was designed to hug the curves of your face to blend seamlessly and give you a natural glow.

FUN FACT: The design of this brush was inspired by the shape of a shark tooth!

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