Aside from finding the right highlighter formula—the right shade for your skin tone, the right texture, and one that’s not overly glittery—often requires a good amount of trial and error. However, equally as important as your formula, whether liquid, cream, or powder, is finding the best brush to apply the product evenly and precisely. Just like your other staples in your brush collection, using a solid and perfectly-angled brush to apply your highlight will make a notable difference in the overall results (and it will make your life a lot easier too).

Whether you prefer a natural, sweat-like glow or prefer to go all out with the luminous strobing technique, the quality and design of your brush are essential to getting that coveted dewy look down without winding up looking like a full-on disco ball (unless that’s the look you’re going after, of course). With so many brush designs on the market, it can be tough to pin down the best ones to help you nail a radiant glow. To make the search a bit easier, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite highlighting brushes to try out for yourself.

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