The Makeup Brush Edit: Blusher, Highlighter & Contour

Welcome to my second instalment of the Makeup Brush Edit where today I’m talking about my favourite brushes for blusher, highlighter and contour. If you didn’t get a chance to read the first instalment which covered the brushes I use for foundation, concealer and powder, you can do so here.

I always find it surprising when people say they don’t use blusher.  For me it’s an instant pop of colour that helps you look far more awake than you actually feel and a step I never miss. My preference has always been powder blushers and this Bobbi Brown Blush Brush picks up just the right amount of product to ensure you get that healthy flush without overdoing it.

At first I felt like it was too big, but its dome-shaped face targets the right area and you can use it at different angles to get your desired effect. This is very expensive at £35 but more than paid for since I have been using this for over two years.

For that oh so important process of adding highlighter, a less dense but not overly fluffy brush is always best as you want it to pick up the right amount of product but be soft enough to impart a subtle glow to the high-points of your face.  But nothing too big either as you don’t want highlighter everywhere!

I recently bought the Artist of Makeup Zukreat Cosmetics Pro Highlight Brush at £13 and I love it. Not an obvious choice or indeed a brand I am particularly familiar with so the purchase was on a bit of a whim. Luckily it works wonders and the size is just perfect.

Top to bottom: Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush, Artist of Makeup Zukreat Cosmetics Pro Highlight Brush, Real Techniques Fan Brush & Bobbi Brown Blush Brush

When I want to go even more subtle with highlighter then this Real Techniques Fan Brush, which is available in their Sculpting Set for £10.99, is good too.  I don’t use it very often but it feels very fancy using this sort of brush and I avoid looking like a glitter ball when I’m using a highlighter that really packs a punch.

Contouring is something I reserve for special occasions and I spoke about my favourite brushes for contouring here.  I’m turning to the Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush more of late, which is super sleek and luxurious looking (of course it would be if it’s Charlotte Tilbury).  Priced at £35 this sits perfectly in the hollow of the cheekbones and the tapered end makes it perfect for highlighting too – a dual purpose brush for sure.

So that’s the second edit complete, I hope you found it useful.  Do you have any other recommendations?  For the last of these edits I’ll be talking about my all-important eyeshadow brushes so do watch out for this.  Take care and see you soon. x

  • Glad you found it useful x

  • I really want to invest in a Charlotte Tilbury brush! I only use RT ones currently but it’d be nice to go a bit more swish haha. Gorgeous photography as always! x

    What Josie Did Next

    • Thanks that’s so nice of you to say. This Charlotte Tilbury brush is so lovely to use x

  • clare⭐

    I’ve always wanted that charlotte tilbury brush! Such a good post 🙂

  • I used to be one of those people who never wore blush. Now I always wear it! I look so much more alive with it. I’ve been admiring the Bobbi brown brush in your instagram photos. I think I’ll have to test it out the next time I’m near a counter 🙂

    Mili | sharmtoaster

    • Once you start wearing blush, there’s no going back!! This blusher brush is the best, in my opinion! x

  • Blush is a must have for me as well, and I’ve been relying on my Hakuhodo brush for that. I do want to add a fan brush to my collection, so I’ll have to check out the RT one. Thanks for sharing!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

  • I normally use my RT or EcoTools brushes, but I am very tempted to invest in a Zoeva set. Maybe the Rose Gold set for my birthday:)

    Georgiana / Beauty Nerd

    • I always wanted the Zoeva Rose Gold set…..maybe a wishlist for my birthday! x

  • I didn’t know Artist of Makeup did brushes! Thank you for sharing, my favourite cheek brushes are from Bdellium tools and The Body Shop for contour, highlight and blush. Amazing photos xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  • I usually use my Wayne Goss fan brush for my highlighters, it gives the perfect glow each time.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    • Not tried Wayne Goss brushes but can imagine they would be just as good x

  • I’m dying to get that Charlotte Tilbury brush, it looks so nice!

  • I really want to try the Tarte blushers, they are so pretty!

    Danielle xx

  • I have used the Real Techniques Blush Brush for years and I just find it’s too big and not precise enough for my face, that Bobbi Brown looks much better and I prefer the shape. Definitely going to check it out!

    The Makeup Directory

  • I’m guilty of not always using blusher! I’m not sure why that is, but I feel like it’s something I could forget to pack in my makeup bag and it wouldn’t bother me. That CT brush looks really pretty, but do you find it makes your face look a bit muddy when you use it for both contour and highlight? x
    Nishi //

    • I know what you mean. I kinda alternate. So if I use it for highlighter then I use a different brush for contour and vice versa x

  • This is such a lovely post!
    I am am a absolute fan of blushers, highlighters and contours hahaha… Thats a lot more then the classic make up routine:)

    Dimito Michiyo

  • I’ve always wanted to try the Bobbi Brown Blush Brush, I love Bobbi Brown brushes! I never use fan brush, but I believe I will also feel very fancy if I did! I will check out this one, though, because, as you said, I believe this is the best way to achieve a subtle highlight (and I’m all for it)! Really lovely picks 🙂

  • paulina

    love the real techniques

    This Girl Loves Chic xx

  • Another great edit with brushes that I know I would love too. I’m such a fan of tapered face brushes and that Charlotte Tilbury one looks perfect for so many things. I have my eye on that RT fan brush too xxx

  • Yiotou_La

    The Bobbi Brown brush is huge and I love big brushes for blush, the shape of it makes it easy to use and target the corners of the face.
    I would love to try it and even though it’s expensive, you get to use it long term which is really important.


    • At first I was worried the Bobbi Brown blush would be too big but now I can’t use anything but this brush for my blusher x

  • I use Zoeva brushes for blush and bronzer and a fan brush by ebelin for highlighting, should I bother. For contour I have one by ebelin as well, but I only do that on special occasions too, which in my case means when I film videos.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • I love that CT brush and feel that I need the Bobbi Brown blush brush! xx