BRONZER has come a long way in the past few years and is an essential part of any makeup routine.
Whether you’re using a bronzer brush for a sharp contour or for a natural glow, make sure you choose the right one for you.
Remember those Collection 2000 bronzing pearls from back in your teen days? They’ve been swapped for sleek palettes, so your old kabuki brush from 2011 won’t suffice anymore.
These days you can achieve a lot with a good bronzer brush – angled styles can contour and magic cheekbones, cleavage and clavicles out of thin air (we say fake it ‘til you make it), while feathery powder brushes can give you an all-over glow when your holiday tan is long gone.
Not sure which one to go for?
Here’s where we come in – we’ve searched far and wide and found the best bronzer brushes on the market, however you wish to use it.
What brush do you use for bronzer?
The answer to this is… any brush you like.
There’s a reason why all of the bronzer brushes below look totally different- they all achieve different things.
If you want to use your bronzer for a light all-over glow, use a fluffier powder brush for even coverage.
Contour queens will know if you’re after a sculpted supermodel bone structure, use an angled brush or something tapered or meant for precision.
It’s all about preference.
Can I use the same brush for powder and bronzer?
This entirely depends on the look you’re going for.
If you want a bronzed complexion, then the remaining bronzer particles intermingling with your translucent powder could work.
However, the rule of thumb is that you keep a brush per product.
This way, your makeup looks cleaner and more deliberate.
You’d prefer a fresh base rather than a mucky one, right?
What is the purpose of a bronzer?
A bronzer is timeless and extremely versatile.
You can use it to get a ‘beach-babe fresh off the airplane’ look with a big fluffy brush, or to add depth and dimension to your face.
If you want to use it for the latter, you’ll need a few different brushes.
Use a fluffy eyeshadow brush and carve out your eyelid crease to make those baby blues pop.
You can then take the same brush and run it down the edges of your nose bridge to create the appearance of a narrower snout.
Make sure you really blend both of these out, otherwise you might end up looking really silly instead of striking!
You can also opt for a sharp contour using your angled brush, but only drag it down as far as the outside of your eye to keep it natural looking.
1. Morphe Bronzer Brush
- Morphe E4 Angled Contour Brush, £16 from Lookfantastic – buy here
If you want accurate and precise bronzer application, look no further.
For a budget-friendly £16 your cheeks will be left chiselled with the light touch of this slanted brush, which YouTuber and makeup artist James Charles helped design.
It can be used for powder and blush as well, but we recommend you use it for a sharp contour.
- Morphe E59 Tapered Bronzer Brush, £18 from PrettyLittleThing – buy here
Morphe is at the top of the game, and have such a huge range of bestselling contour brushes that we had to mention this tapered brush.
It can be used for any powder product, but it’s fantastic for a slightly more natural bronze to the cheekbones.
Due to its shape, you can also use it to buff bronzer into the hairline and neck, which you can’t do with a slanted brush.
2. Kevyn Aucoin Large Powder Brush
- Kevyn Aucoin The Large Powder Brush, £60 from Lookfantastic – buy here
This fluffy brush from Kevyn Aucoin is the perfect tool for achieving an all-over bronzed glow.
Whether you’re using a cream product or just a classic pressed powder palette, it’s fluffy strands will distribute the product evenly (just make sure you don’t apply too much in the first place, and always tap off the excess!)
It’s multi-purpose, so you can also use it for powdering your face or even for blush – you’ll get your money’s worth out of this baby.
3. Sigma Beauty Angled Bronzer Brush
- F40 Large Angled Contour Brush, £17.95 from Beauty Bay – buy here
Sigma’s ultra-soft brushes are everywhere at the moment, and the angled brush is perfect for contouring.
This shape is considered a staple for any makeup kit and the most classic of all bronzer brushes.
You can use this for a varying flush of bronzer over the cheekbones and hairline of your face, as it’s soft enough to buff and angled enough to give a sharp contour.
4. Charlotte Tilbury Bronzer Brush
- Charlotte Tilbury Powder and Sculpt Brush, £35 from Charlotte Tilbury – buy here
Charlotte Tilbury’s brushes are used on the world’s biggest Hollywood stars, so if that doesn’t mean they are the best, what does?
The Powder and Sculpt brush is one of our favourite all-rounders for different powder products, as it’s rather narrow and tapered, but also incredibly precise enough to contour.
The size makes it versatile and ideal if you don’t have many tools, as it’s also great for highlighting and contouring your cheekbones, nose, collarbones…you name it.
5. Nars Bronzer Brush
- NARS Ita Kabuki Brush, £44 from John Lewis – buy here
NARS’ Ita brush is iconic. Everyone who loves beauty will have heard about it at some point, and for good reason too.
The uniquely-shaped brush is made for contouring – it leaves you with a perfectly straight line before you blend out the product.
If you have the money, you should 100 per cent invest. It didn’t sell out over and over for nothing.
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