It's no secret that highlighter is having a moment. And judging from the number of luminizer launches and glowy-skin YouTube tutorials we've seen lately, it appears the product's popularity isn’t fading anytime soon. In fact, this year we tested more than seven times the number of highlighters we tested last year for our annual Best of Beauty Awards. Talk about 0 to 100 real quick.
With great glow, however, comes a great need for proper application. I'd been going back and forth between various brushes in search of my holy grail highlighting brush for years. And the journey has come full circle. The first time I applied highlighter was with a Sephora Collection fan brush that came in a set I bought with my Christmas money back in high school. After being lucky enough to score a couple of internships at beauty magazines and then getting my current gig as an editor at Allure, my collection of highlighter brushes has greatly expanded. For a while I've actually been using fluffy synthetic concealer brushes and eye shadow blending brushes to apply my highlighters, a tip I picked up from a Patrick Ta YouTube video.
When this dual-ended fan brush ended up on my desk, it had been almost a year since I used a fan brush. The larger fan side picks up the perfect amount of product whether you’re highlighting or contouring with it. A few back-and-forth strokes seamlessly blend pigment without having to switch to a clean brush. The smaller side is great for highlighting the inner corners of your eyes and the bridge of your nose. It’s also the perfect size for tasks that require more precision, like defining your nose or brushing away eye shadow fallout.
Each side of this dual-ender is extremely soft and does not disturb any product that may already be on your face. Its bristles are fluffy enough to get a soft dusting of product for a more natural look, but stiff enough to allow you to really pile on the powder for added drama, all with very little effort. It seems my search for the holy grail of highlighter brushes may have finally come to an end.