Highlighter has become extremely popular in the beauty world, and it’s easy to see why. Whether you use it on your face or your eyes, highlighter can instantly make you look more youthful and radiant! But it’s important to understand how to use highlighter in order to get the most out of it, and that means knowing what type of highlighter will work best for you and how you should apply it.
What is Highlighter
Highlighter is a cosmetic product that is used to give the skin a glowy, dewy appearance. It can be applied to the face, neck, and décolletage. When applied correctly, highlighter can enhance your complexion and make you look more awake and youthful. Plus, it’s a great way to add a bit of glamour to your everyday makeup routine. Here are some tips on how to use highlighter
1) Adding a highlighter under your eyes
If you’re new to using highlighter, start by adding it under your eyes in a triangle shape. Be sure to use a small amount, as you can always add more if needed. Tap the product onto your skin and then blend it out with a beauty sponge or your fingers. Some people prefer to apply the highlight before they apply their foundation, while others prefer to do it after their makeup is on. It’s really up to you!
But some girls like applying their liquid or cream concealer before applying highlighter, since that’ll help cover any blemishes underneath. Then they’ll tap the highlighter into place at the end of all their other makeup steps, so it doesn’t take away from any of those looks. You could also use a highlighting pencil to line under your eye instead of powder-based products. That way you get an intense line that will last all day long without smudging or getting rubbed off by eye-blinks.
2) Mix with foundation
One way you can use highlighter is by mixing it with your foundation. This will give you a dewy complexion and make your skin look healthy and glowing. To do this, simply add a few drops of highlighter to your foundation and mix it together. You can also use a beauty blender or your fingers to apply the foundation to your face. Be sure to start with a small amount of highlighter and build up gradually until you get the desired effect. You should then allow the mixture to set for about 20 minutes before applying any other makeup products on top.
3) Use as a primer before makeup
Before you start your makeup routine, apply a small amount of highlighter to the areas of your face that light would naturally hit. This will create a smooth canvas for the rest of your makeup and help it last longer throughout the day. You can also use highlighter on its own as a soft, natural-looking way to bring light to your face. Simply swipe it on the areas you want to highlight and blend it out with your fingers.
4) Mix with your regular blush or bronzer
With highlighter, a little goes a long way. You don’t want your face to look like a disco ball, so start by mixing a small amount of highlighter with your regular blush or bronzer. If you’re using a powder highlighter, make sure to tap off the excess before applying it to your skin. Another way to use highlighter is to mix it with your foundation or BB cream for an all-over glow. Simply add a few drops of liquid highlighter into your foundation and mix it together until desired coverage is achieved. Just remember not to overdo it because too much can lead to unwanted glitter on your face.
This doesn’t mean that you can only use highlighter on special occasions though! For example, if you have redness in certain areas (like under your eyes) try highlighting that area instead of covering up the redness with concealer or makeup.
5) Add glow to your cheeks
A little bit of highlighter can go a long way in adding a dewy, natural-looking glow to your skin. To use highlighter on your cheeks, start by finding a product that matches your skin tone. If you have fair skin, look for a pink or peach highlighter, and if you have darker skin, look for a champagne or gold highlighter. Then, using a damp beauty sponge or your fingers, apply the highlighter to the tops of your cheekbones. You can also add a touch of highlighter to the inner corners of your eyes and on your cupid’s bow for an extra pop of shine. It’s important to note that this isn’t something you should be doing every day because it can lead to over highlighting, which will give your face an unnatural appearance.
6) Dab on eyelids
A small amount of highlighter on your eyelids can make your eyes look wider and more awake. You can either use your fingers to apply it or a brush. If you have oily eyelids, make sure to use an eyeshadow primer beforehand. You can also use highlighter on the inner corners of your eyes and under your brow bone for a lifted look.
7) Apply between contour lines for the perfect chiseled look
Start by finding a highlighter that suits your skin tone. If you have fair skin, go for a pearlized formula, and if you have deeper skin, opt for a champagne or gold shade. Then, using a small angled brush, apply the highlighter along your cheekbones, brow bones, and down the center of your nose. It can also be used to highlight the inner corners of your eyes. Finally, blend everything out with a large powder brush for a natural-looking finish.
8) Blend in with your blush
If you want to use highlighter as a way to subtly add some dimension to your face, then you can do so by blending it in with your blush. First, dab your blush on the apples of your cheeks. Then, using a fan brush, lightly dust highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones. Finally, blend everything together for a natural look. Another way to use highlighter is on your cupid’s bow. This will create the illusion of fuller lips. Apply your favorite lip gloss over top and it will stand out more. You can also sweep highlighter across the bridge of your nose and down onto your chin. Be sure to make sure that you are applying a light hand when doing this though because too much may cause an unflattering appearance.